Maybe. It depends on the bean. Many are nutritious for your dog in small servings, but not all are safe to eat—see the complete list below.
Though beans can be a great source of fiber and protein, and some varieties contain beneficial vitamins and minerals, they shouldn’t be used as a replacement for animal protein. Nor should they be served in large quantities (they make dogs and humans gassy!). Most importantly, be sure you know which beans are safe for your dog to eat.
Healthy Beans for Dogs
- Black beans
- Butter beans, or lima beans
- Green beans, or string beans
- Kidney beans
- Pinto beans
Beans to Avoid
Tips for Serving Beans Safely
If you do decide to incorporate beans into your dog’s diet, be sure to never use raw or canned beans. Raw beans can be difficult for your dog to digest, or may contain toxins that are only neutralized in the cooking process. Canned beans contain excess sodium and preservatives that are too taxing on your dog’s system and undermine the health benefits of beans.
It’s best to serve healthy beans in moderation, and to start with dried beans, soak them overnight, then cook them without seasonings. They can be served as a snack or incorporated into homemade dog food (with a grain, animal protein, and vegetables).
For More Information
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