- Not a substitute for professional veterinary help.
Butternut squash is a popular autumn vegetable for good reason: its sweet, nutty flavour, long shelf life, and versatility. If you’re making butternut squash soup, roasted butternut squash, or even butternut squash pie, you may be wondering if your dog can have a taste of all that squash goodness.
In fact, yes. Your dog can enjoy cooked butternut squash, though it’s best to skip added sugar, salt, or fats. Raw squash is likely to be hard on their digestive system, just as it would be for a human.
Though we have to admit, any dog with jaws powerful enough to hack into a raw butternut squash is pretty impressive! All joking aside, save the squash dog treat for the cooked variety.
Whole fruits and veggies like butternut squash are important for variety in your dog’s diet. Vet and author of the Ultimate Pet Health Guide, Dr. Gary Richter, points out that whole foods are often the best treats for a dog.
Butternut squash, like many other vegetables, is healthy for your dog. In particular, it’s rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, fibre, and potassium. These vitamins and minerals support the health of your dog’s vision, immune system, colon, muscles, and more.
Butternut squash also helps your dog’s digestion, much as pumpkin can do. If your dog is suffering from diarrhoea, for example, a small spoonful of cooked squash mixed into their regular food can help. Do consult your vet if you have concerns about your dog’s ongoing digestive issues.
Butternut Squash for Dogs: Serving Ideas
If your dog likes vegetables, you can certainly add plain, cooked butternut squash to their snack rotation. Dogs can eat butternut squash:
- Cooked. Raw butternut squash is too difficult for your dog to digest. Do not feed your dog the seeds or skin, and avoid adding any seasonings.
- As a topping on their usual dog food.
- As an ingredient in a homemade meal that’s balanced with a good source of protein.
While it’s best for dogs to avoid added salts, sugars, and fats, if your dog does nab a bite of seasoned squash from the table, they’ll likely be just fine. If that squash happens to contain nutmeg, it can cause severe stomach upset, and agitate the nervous system.. Here’s a poison helpline to call if your dog ingests nutmeg.
You know your dog best: if you’re concerned about their symptoms after eating butternut squash, don’t hesitate to consult your vet.
Recipe: Dog-Friendly Stuffed Butternut Squash
Do you cook for your dog? If so, you’ll love this stuffed butternut squash recipe for dogs. And if not, this just might inspire you! After all, your dog deserves a special dish once a while, don’t they? It keeps well in the fridge and can be served in slices. It’s meant as a supplement to your dog’s usual meal, rather than serve as a full meal replacement.
What Else Can Your Dog Eat?
We offer a collection of articles on foods that are safe, dangerous or even toxic for dogs to eat, including vegetables, dairy, bread, and junk food. There is a wide variety of “human food” that is healthy for your dog to eat, while others are considered toxic and dangerous. Check out which fruits and veg are good for your dog here and which spices and seasonings are ok to give to your furry little buddy here. We’ve created these articles to ensure you’re informed on feeding your dog a wonderfully varied diet while learning the limitations of a dog’s sensitive digestive system.