Does your pooch drag himself sometimes to his food bowl without showing much interest at the same old meals you give him? You may feel bad serving your pet with the same food each day. You are probably considering giving him people food but you want to ensure that you are keeping your pet healthy.
Some healthy human foods are safe to feed to dogs but is a must to know the ones that are safe, and understand the perks or potential side effects of giving these foods to your pooch.
Many pet owners frequently eat cauliflower as their side vegetable dish, and they might feel tempted to share it with their pet. But, can you give cauliflower to your dog?
Interestingly enough, the answer is yes.
According to pet experts, cauliflower is not toxic to canines. However, it is not recommended to feed these to dogs in large amounts at a time since anything that is not part of their usual diet, specifically in excess, has the tendency to lead to gastrointestinal issues like loose stools, gas, or nausea. However, just a little amount at a time is perfectly fine. Several bites of these florets will be enough for small dogs, and a bit more can be added for larger ones.
Health Benefits of Cauliflower for Dogs
Cauliflower is best known for the different nutritional qualities it offers. This is rich in soluble fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Cauliflower can also help reduce inflammation, and this contains isothiocyanates that can help ward off cancer. Even though the number of nutrients in cauliflower is relatively lesser than those of broccoli, also a cruciferous vegetable, this is found to have lesser amounts of calories.
Smaller bites of cauliflower that is lower in calorie can be a great treat for overweight canines instead of the common treats packed in calories that pet owners buy for their pooches.
Dogs require a diet loaded in meat, and veggies must only be a tiny part of their overall diet.
There are experts who suggest that not over 5% of a dog’s diet must be composed of vegetables while some allow a bigger percentage. When you check the bag of your pet’s dry food to seek the nutrient breakdown, you will find out that fruits and vegetables are listed as the last ingredients even after the supplemental minerals and vitamins. It only means that while your pet can enjoy a bit of cauliflower, he doesn’t really need lots of it.
How to Prepare Cauliflower for Your Pooch
As a human, you probably enjoy munching on your raw cauliflower chunks but this is not really advisable for dogs. Most canines end up swallowing raw pieces of vegetables whole, and this can lead to digestive problems or choking. The digestive tract of a dog is also short unlike that of humans, so it is possibly best that you cook first cauliflower before you feed it to your pet.
Cauliflower florets and leaves are tasty and safe but you can do away with the stems. You can boil, bake, steam, grill, or roast cauliflowers for your pet. You can give them bite-sized, pureed, or whole florets.