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Maybe. Dogs are omnivores, and they benefit from many different fruits and vegetables for the same reasons humans do—these foods are low in fat and sugar, and high in vitamins and fibre. Asparagus, however, isn’t among the most ideal vegetables for dogs. It’s not toxic, and it does contain healthy nutrients. However, raw asparagus can be difficult for dogs to digest, and whole asparagus stalks can present a choking hazard.
A word of caution: the inedible part of the asparagus plant, known as the “asparagus fern,” is toxic for dogs if they eat it. It can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and stomach pain. This is a concern if you’re growing asparagus in your garden, in which case, a sturdy fence should keep your dogs away.
If you do serve your dog asparagus, be sure to chop it up into bite-sized pieces and to cook it before serving. Asparagus can be fibrous, so test the pieces to make sure they’re very soft and easy to chew.
In general, however, it’s best to opt for more dog-friendly veggies for your four-legged friend.
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 and which spices and seasonings are ok to give to your furry little buddy. 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.