Maybe. Quinoa is a gluten-free seed. It’s a light form of starch that contains complex carbohydrates and several essential amino acids. Quinoa is low in fat and calories and also contains iron and calcium. Despite quinoa’s benefits, it’s important to proceed slowly with quinoa.
The seed does contain oxalates, which can cause digestive problems for some dogs. Oxalates can also increase inflammation, so it’s not ideal for arthritic dogs.
Serving Ideas & Symptoms to Look For
It’s best to start with dogs treats containing quinoa as an ingredient, and make sure your dog doesn’t exhibit any adverse reactions. If you notice any of the following, avoid quinoa in the future:
- loss of appetite
- oral pain or pawing at the mouth
If your dog has tried quinoa, liked it, and didn’t exhibit any worrisome symptoms, you can share quinoa as an occasional snack.
Be sure to rinse the quinoa (to remove a slightly toxic chemical called saponin) and cook it before serving. Leave out additives like onions, garlic, or seasonings. But you can mix quinoa with a meat and healthy veggie for a more well-rounded snack.
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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.