Dog Friendly Vegetables

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Many people want to share table scraps with their dogs when they are cooking for the family/  As you know from our Toxic food for dogs blogs, many things can’t be shared, such as chocolate and onions.

There are many “safe” human foods you can give our dogs, but there are many that are either toxic, cause them to be untidy, or can have in tiny doses. It is always important to check before you give it to the dog.

This article covers what dog-friendly vegetables you can share


Asparagus is not toxic for dogs, so essentially, yes.

However, it is important to remember that the stalks are very hard. This makes them very hard for dogs to chew. Once cooked so it is soft, it has lost most of its health benefits, so it is a pointless vegetable.

If you feed this to your dog, then cut it into tiny bits to help avoid choking.


This vegetable is low in fat and high in fibre. It is also a good source of Vitamin C.

So it can be given to dogs in moderation.

Due to the high levels of isothiocyanates,t can have a very smelly side effect and give the dog wind.

Brussels Sprouts

As mentioned above, Brussels sprouts, along with cabbage etc., can result in very gassy effects.

So whilst it is suitable for dogs, it should be fed very rarely due to the possibility of smelly wind – you’ve been warned.


When fed raw, this is one of the best vegetables as it can help clean the teeth, is low in calories whilst providing Vitamin A, and is a good source of fibre.


Yes. This treat is good for them and, like Parsley, can help freshen your dogs’ breath.

Celery is rich in vitamins such as A, B, and C, so it is great at helping to promote a healthy heart.

Green beans

Yes, all types of beans are suitable for dogs and are high in fibre. Just make sure they are plain (so no baked beans)

Green beans are great for dogs and humans as they contain a load of vitamins and minerals. Fresh is best, but make sure they are not in salty water if you are using canned beans (or any canned vegetable). You want to keep the salt to a minimum.

Salt causes water retention and can even be fatal,


As with beans, dogs can eat all plain peas. So whether it be nice fresh garden peas or sugar snap peas, you can give them to the dog.

These little vegetables are high in fibre, low in salt and full of Cadbury’s goodness (oops, wrong advert). They are, however, full of vitamins and minerals.

Always feed either fresh or frozen to avoid a high sodium content


Well, despite popeye saying, “strong to the finish,”. This superfood should not be shared with your dog. Yes, dogs can eat spinach. However, it is high in oxalic acid.

Whilst small amounts will be fine, oxalic acid prevents the body from absorbing calcium. As a result, this can lead to renal failure.

You may also like our Christmas leftovers post and how to feed natural treats.

For some of the best dog-friendly vegetables (Watercress, Celery, Horse reddish, Parsley) then, I can recommend Dorwest Green tablets

Vegetables to definitely avoid


As mentioned in our Toxic food for dogs article, this is a BIG FAT NO. In fact, any plant member of the ‘Allium’ family is a big fat no, including chives.

Whilst all dogs should avoid it is more serious in certain Japanese breeds such as Akitas and Shiba Inus