- Not a substitute for professional veterinary help.
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. Broccoli, however, isn’t among the most ideal vegetables for dogs. It does pack plenty of vitamin C and healthy fibre, but it also contains a potentially dangerous ingredient known as isothiocyanate that can cause severe abdominal pain and digestive issues if a dog eats enough broccoli.
How much is too much? A dog shouldn’t get more than 10% of their daily calories from broccoli, which varies quite a bit depending on the size and activity level of your dog.
If you do serve your dog broccoli, be sure to chop it up into bite-sized pieces and to cook it before serving. Broccoli can be fibrous, so test the pieces to make sure they’re very soft and easy to chew. Also, serve it only as an occasional treat, and in small quantities.
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.