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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
The best way to serve beans to dogs is to soak dried beans overnight, then cook them plain.
While canned beans can be high in sodium, rinsing them in running water for 2 minutes can eliminate over 40% of the sodium present in the brine, making this an okay option for people and dogs.
You can occasionally find beans in the freezer aisle too, just check the sodium levels and do soak and rinse.
Raw beans can be dangerous to dogs so always cook dry beans before serving.
For More Information
We offer a number of articles on which foods are safe or unsafe for your dog to eat, from breads and grains to meats and beverages.