Can Dogs Eat Asparagus?

Can Dogs Eat Asparagus?

Asparagus

Asparagus is a vegetable with long and pointed spares, whose growth signifies springtime. It is commonly fried, steamed or roasted. Sometimes added as part of a recipe. Asparagus comes in different colors which are green, purple, pink and white. This vegetable is appreciated in many parts of the world because of its nutritious nature. It is an excellent source of fiber, folate and vitamins. It is low in calories which makes it healthy for patients who are diabetic and obese. It contains antioxidants and some mineral elements such as potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. This vegetable is highly beneficial to man but here, we find out how edible and healthy it is for our canine friends.

CAN DOGS EAT ASPARAGUS? 

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Yes, your dog can eat asparagus. Asparagus can serve as a healthy treat or snack for your dog. This vegetable is low in calories and fat but high in fiber so it is a healthy addition to your dog’s diet. It contains nutrients that can boost your pet’s immune system, make their bones healthy and strong as well as give them a healthy skin coat and fur. It also contains nutrients that that boosts their digestive health. Asparagus is especially healthy for obese and diabetic dogs as it is low in calories and does not contain sugar. However there are certain conditions that are noteworthy if you intend to serve your dog asparagus. These conditions are to ensure that your pet safely consumes it. They include preparation, how it should be served, quantity safe for consumption and parts of the vegetable that should be avoided.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ASPARAGUS. 

     Asparagus is loaded with nutrients like vitamins, protein, dietary fiber and folate. It also contains some mineral elements like iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. All these nutrients perform functions that benefit the health of your pooch. Here are some of the benefits of asparagus:

Fights degenerative disease

Asparagus is loaded with antioxidants. These antioxidants include vitamin C (Ascorbic acid), vitamin E (Tocopherol), Glutathione, flavonoids and polyphenols. Antioxidants fight against the occurrence of degenerative diseases caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. By doing this, they prevent diseases like heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants are also anti-inflammatory in action and so are flavonoids. They boost the immune system by preventing these diseases.

Helps the digestive system

This vegetable is loaded with dietary fiber which are essential for digestive health.  Dietary fibers (insoluble fibers) add bulk to stool and supports the regular movement of the bowel.

Strengthens the immune system

80% of your dog’s immune system is its digestive system, so a healthy digestive system means a healthy immune system. the digestive system of your dog contains some good bacteria which are fed with a gel-like substance that is produced from the dissolution of soluble digestive fibers. This maintains healthy gut flora thereby supporting the immune system.

It is good for overweight dogs

There is no sugar in asparagus and it is low in calories and fat. If your dog is on a diet (you are trying to help it loose weight), asparagus is a good substitute for certain of the snacks or treats you are trying to replace.

It is loaded with vitamins

Asparagus contains vitamins such as vitamins A, B6, C, E and K.
  • Vitamin A (Retinol): This helps to improve your dog’s eyesight, boost its immune system and makes sure the skin coat of your pet is healthy. Retinol also supports 
  • your pet’s kidneys and brain. 

  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): This facilitates protein synthesis, hence, the healthy growth of your dog. It helps in the production of red blood cells. It also helps in the development of your dog’s brain, hence, keeping the nervous system function.
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid): Vitamin C has antioxidant properties, hence, it fights against degenerative diseases caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. It boosts your pet’s immunity, regulates its blood pressure and lowers the risk of heart diseases.
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol): This also has the properties of an antioxidant – fighting against degenerative disease like cancer and heart diseases. It boosts the immune system. It also help in the normal and proper functioning of the nerves as well as the muscles.
  • It contains mineral elements: Among the nutrients present in asparagus are mineral elements. They include iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus:
  • Iron: Your dog uses iron to make hemoglobin which is a protein that is used to transport oxygen from its lungs to other parts of its body. It is needed for the production of myoglobin. This protein transports oxygen to your pet’s muscles. Iron is essential for the manufacture of certain hormones (an example is the thyroid hormone).
  • Zinc: This mineral element has antioxidant properties. This means that is fighta against degenerative disease in your dog. It assists in the healing of wounds and also supports its immune system. 
  • Potassium: This regulates heartbeat, fluid balance and muscle contraction in your dog. It is also needed for the synthesis of protein and metabolism of carbohydrate in your pet.
  • Phosphorus: Potassium helps your dog to build strong bones teeth. It helps to filter out kidney waste and repair tissues and cells.
  • NOTES OF CAUTION.   

    Asparagus
    • Get rid of the fern as it can cause digestive worries like intestinal discomfort, vomiting and diarrhea.

    • If you grow asparagus in your garden, yard or somewhere around your house, make sure thay are shielded or kept beyond the reach of your dog.

    • Do not feed your pooch raw asparagus to prevent choking, stomach upset and digestive inconvenience.

    • Do not use butter, spices, garlic, onions and seasoning to cook your pet’s asparagus. They contain substances that can cause health worries for your pet though they may not do same for you.

    • Steam or boil the vegetable for them. Do not fry it.

    • Asparagus should be served to you dog as a treat, and so occasionally.

    HOW TO SERVE YOU DOG ASPARAGUS.  

    • Cook it properly. Do not use butter, oil, spices, seasoning, onions or garlic. Just steam it and boil it.

    • Cut it into smaller pieces to prevent choking.

    • Start serving them slowly.

    • Monitor your pet for any allergic reactions or anything out of the ordinary after they consume the vegetable.

    • Serve occasionally.

    RULES OF ADVICE.

    • Consult your vet before introducing something new into their diet

    • Keep raw asparagus out of the reach of your pet

    • Introduce it to your pet slowly

    • The amount of asparagus they consume should not exceed 10% of their daily meal

    • Serve it to them occasionally

    HOW MUCH ASPARGUS CAN A DOG EAT? 

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         Asparagus servings to you dog should not exceed 10% of their daily meal and it should be served occasionally.

    FINAL WORDS. 

         Asparagus vegetable is full of nutrients and substances that are beneficial to your dog’s health. It must not be prepared with butter, oil, spices or seasoning. Neither most be served to them raw to prevent digestive worries.

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