Can dogs eat adzuki beans, lentils or red bean paste? What toxic vegetables are there for dogs? Can they eat lentils, quinoa, or chickpeas? Surely you've seen that many dog feed recipes incorporate chickpeas to give volume and nutrients to the mix, so you've asked yourself: what other vegetables can I give to my dog? What do they contribute to him? Are they good for him?
Remember that this article is for informational purposes only. What we recommend you to do regarding your dog food is that you get in touch with our online canine dietitians and ask them all your questions without obligation. In Barkibu, we are very committed to your friends' diet, because good feeding means health and happiness.
What legumes dogs can eat and are suitable for them?
In general, dogs can eat vegetables as long as you follow two rules. The first is that, whenever you want to give natural foods, the first thing is to check his allergies and that, depending on his weight, breed, and age, make a consultation in advance with our specialists to confirm the best diet for him.
The second thing is that you should never exceed ten percent of plant-based foods in his diet.__ Dogs are carnivores__, despite the evolution made them seem or behave like omnivores. However, that does not mean that all the proteins that they have to ingest per day can be obtained with lentils, chickpeas, quinoas or other legumes; on the contrary, they can only be ten percent; fifteen or twenty percent at the most.
It is also not recommended that you mix human food with specifically prepared feed for them, because the digestive processes associated with both are different. The ideal is that, for a couple of days a week, you give natural recipes and the rest of the days, dog feed. That way you can provide all the vitamins and nutrients he needs.
Can dogs eat quinoa, chickpeas or lentils?
As we told you, there are formidable legumes that dogs can eat. The most popular and the ones we recommend are chickpeas and lentils. They can also eat quinoa and, in general, any legumes such as navy beans or those we have mentioned. These legumes are a source of nutrients, proteins, and fiber. The best characteristic they have is that they provide very little fat.
This is important. A dog tends to obesity, to gain weight, and lose health, to get diabetes or to suffer from sugars or excess salt. That is why it is so important to give them a balanced and rich diet with as little fat as possible, which is achieved with these legumes. Of course, you have to know how to give them to the dogs.
Never give them raw vegetables; do not even think about grabbing a handful of chickpeas, quinoa or beans while cooking, and provide them raw to them. The problem with this is that they can choke or hurt their teeth when eating. Dogs have hunter's teeth, they are firm and strong, but an injury in them can cause an infection.
Dogs can eat sunflower seeds, but provided that you give them without the peel and, above all, without salt. The salt is very harmful to them, but not a few crushed seeds. In this video, we tell you the benefits they bring and how you can serve them for your dogs to love it.
Lentil recipes for dogs; how to give them legumes
The best way to give lentils, chickpeas, quinoa, or the legume you want is to prepare them cooked and warm (not hot). They should not have any salt or sauces. Many times we use the pan or we sauté the vegetables with garlic, salt, spices, and salt; all of that must be dismissed if you preparing them for dogs.
The onion, as well as the garlic, contains substances harmful to them. Salt dehydrates your dog and can produce crystals. If there is too much oil it can cause overweight. So the best way to give lentils or whatever you have on hand is to cook without salt.
When you give it to him, give it warm; not cold and not hot. You may find it bland to give a legume like that, but you should know that dogs enjoy food through the sense of smell rather than taste, so the fragrance of the legume itself will be more seductive than the taste of the salt or any sauce you add to it. Of course, it should never be too hot or it will spoil the flavours.
Legumes toxic to dogs, are there any?
There are no prohibited legumes for dogs. You only have to have control of the amount that you give him, but remember that a legume is not a fruit or a vegetable. He should not eat any garlic, onions, sauces, salt, or oil; but, yes, he can eat any legumes provided you give it in the proportions indicated here. If you have any questions, make an inquiry to our online dietitians.