Feeding Green Beans to Dogs

By Naomi Millburn

Knowing exactly what "people foods" are safe for your precious dog to occasionally enjoy is absolutely crucial. After all, what may be totally harmless to a human being isn't necessarily so for a canine. Fortunately, plain, cut green beans aren't just nonhazardous to your hungry cutie, they're also good for him.

Nutritious People Food

The ASPCA notes that green beans are a totally safe food for your doggie to enjoy once in a while. They're nutritious and low in calories. If your hungry canine wants a healthy treat, or you want to give him a break from his standard treats, green beans are a good way to go.


Although green beans are healthy for pets, it's important to remember your doggie's daily diet should consist mainly of foods specifically suited to canines. The ASPCA indicates that snacks, including green beans, are suitable in moderation -- make them no more than 5 percent to 10 percent of your doggie's food intake. Remember to exercise moderation in dishing out the green beans. Think two or three cut green bean pieces rather than a handful of them, for example.

Tummy Trouble

Abrupt diet changes can trigger tummy distress in pets, whether diarrhea, bellyache or something other. If the addition of cut green beans, even in small amounts, brings on any sign of discomfort in your doggie, stop allowing him to eat it. Even if cut green beans are delicious to him, it's simply not worth any potential malaise. You'll regret giving him too big of a portion at first. Sudden additions to the diet are a primary cause of temporary gastrointestinal distress in dogs.

No Seasoning or Flavoring

If you're serving your pet fresh cut green beans, keep them plain. Don't add any flavoring, whether butter, garlic, salt or anything else. Remember butter is a dairy product, and doggie systems aren't usually very effective at lactose digestion. Garlic and every other member of the onion family are toxic to dogs, so keep them far away from the green beans you're feeding dogs. Sodium in excess also can be a risk for pets, often leading to frequent urination and dehydration. As for any canned green beans, make sure they totally are salt-free.

Fresh Green Beans

Fresh green beans straight from the garden also may work as a yummy treat for your doggie, as long as you wash the veggies thoroughly first, of course. Just make sure to avoid overripe green beans, as they're too fibrous. If a green bean is indeed overripe, you may notice conspicuous lumps on the surface, and it may be on the limper side. Keep your doggie away from those, as newly ripe green beans are the way to go. Test a green bean's ripeness situation by attempting to break it in two. If it produces a snapping sound, you're OK.

By Naomi Millburn


About the Author
Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.