Animal by nature have always been carnivores, because of this we have always fed them a diet of meat and biscuits. However you should keep your pets diet balanced, giving them a correct prepared vegetable may have numerous of health benefits but when it is mentioned to some of the pet owners, they give a frown as you brought up an idea of feeding their pet like any other domestic animal vegetable. Though that does not mean they can only have meat, but they can have other things that are benefiting them. In this article, we are going to focus specifically on asparagus.
When I was a kid, out of all the vegetable I ate, asparagus was the only one that I have loved the most. I do not like asparagus only raw but sometimes, I like it as if it is grilled or pickled. Prepared in any way this vegetable has an exotic taste and the texture is amazing, with that, it is packed with so many nutrients.
It I s not only good for us but for our pets too as it has a large number of vitamin and minerals. Other than that, dog food is so expensive, sometimes we feel burdened with the cost, asparagus being healthy and tasty is much cheaper to the dog food. This not only saves our money but also gives our dog a better option for food.
I like to treat my dog to the very best. This includes her dog shampoos and other grooming items. If I put so much consideration into how her outsides look, it goes to reason I care even more about her insides. I want to feed her the healthiest, most delicious diet I can because a healthy dog is a happy dog.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF ASPARAGUS:
Asparagus is a vegetable full of Vitamins, Minerals, and Antioxidant.
Mentioned above that this vegetable is a rich source of vitamins and minerals there is a lot more “than most” tend to realize. Here we have a full list of the goodness that an asparagus contains
- Vitamin B6 Calcium Dietary Fiber.
- Vitamin C Magnesium Protein.
- Vitamin E Zinc Beta-Carotene.
- Vitamin K Iron Riboflavin.
- Thiamin Potassium Rutin.
- Niacin Copper Amino Acid.
CAN DOGS EAT ASPARAGUS?
The short answer to this is yes – they can, but you should do it in a very specific way. For instance, it is important to note that the leaves of the asparagus are toxic to dogs. However, they may not kill your pet, but they can cause severe bowel discomfort and diarrhea.
If you are not physically growing the plant in your garden or home, you do not have to worry.
Though the dog can eat an asparagus, the disadvantage is that the stalks are quite tough. If we humans cannot eat raw asparagus because it would be very difficult to chew then may be we cannot expect our dogs too as they can also have this difficulty.
With that said, dogs try to eat it as a whole, which causes choking, and to avoid this, you should chop it up into small pieces before you feed it to him.
Has mentioned above that the vegetable contains a large amount of natural antioxidants, they help in such a way that they flush out toxins from your dog’s system. Antioxidants are very important for keeping your pet healthy and preventing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer (Yes, they can also suffer from these)
Though the disadvantage of the antioxidant is that it work on flushing out the annoying toxin in the body, passes through your pet’s urine, which may cause a stage smell. After feeding asparagus, your dogs pee will smell a bit stage, so do not worry as you know why. In addition, if it disturbs you can do one thing and that is to walk your dog.
What are the health benefits of asparagus for a dog?
Well, since it is in high in antioxidant, the properties of it help the toxins to flush out from the blood stream; this makes this vegetable an amazing way to help the diuretic, which is mainly useful for maintaining the dogs over all health. However, this was mentioned before but here it is elaborated a bit more. If a dog is fed antioxidant- rich diets, it also helps in reducing free radical damage so that it is healthy on cellular level. The regularity of flushing the toxin out the dog’s body can help to decrease the risk of the heart disease and cancer. These diseases affect the dogs more than you think.
We cannot be sure if this does really help cancer but feeding it to the dog regular can prevent them from having it. As it is a balanced diet and with some exercise it can give many benefits to the dog’s health.
A dog’s skin, teeth, and coat become healthier. With that the dogs immunity and improvement in function of the organ is only cause taking this vegetable. Since the vegetable has a variety of vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
How to give your pet asparagus?
It depends on how your dog would like it. You can add other vegetables with it by cutting them into pieces and grilling it too so that it becomes tasty.
Other than, if you are pet likes to eat single vegetables at a time, then you freely give it however, you want it. You can even steam it so it becomes soft and while feeding your pet it does not cause them to choke
In short, feel free to feed your pet asparagus anyway you like, so long as you ensure that you’ve minimized the choking hazard (if serving raw, chop into smaller pieces) you should be fine.
To conclude this I would just say that vegetables are beneficial for your dogs because of what they contain and that is important nutrients. If your dog does not like the asparagus, you can choose from other vegetable options to feed your pet, which are spinach, broccoli and kale. You need to remember that you can feed them but knowing the limit.