As a dog owner, you may question whether you may share some beans with your canine companion. Veterinarian Dr. Claudine Sievert, who works at Stayyy, we contacted to address the issue, can dogs eat beans?
Are beans healthy for dogs?
“Dogs can have beans as a treat; however, they should never make up more than 10 percent of their daily calorie intake,” Dr. Sievert told us.
Which types of beans can dogs have?
There are many different types of beans your dog can have, including:
- Black beans
- Lima beans
- Kidney beans
- Pinto beans
- Garbanzo beans
- Green beans
- Navy beans
How to feed your dog beans
The first thing to keep in mind is what sort of beans your dog can eat. Avoid feeding your dog canned beans in general. “Dogs should not be fed canned beans because they are high in sodium,” Dr. Sievert said.
You may feed your dog dry beans since they don’t contain any salt or flavor, but you’ll need to boil them first (without any seasonings). “They can’t be served raw because your dog won’t digest them,” Dr. Sievert said.
Be aware that dogs can eat beans, but they should not be substituted for meat. “Feeding dogs soybeans instead of meat won’t give your dogs enough quality nutrients they need to remain healthy,” Dr. Sievert said.
Can dogs eat beans every day?
Can dogs eat beans every day? Beans are safe for dogs to eat every day. To avoid overfeeding your dog, make sure you only give him little portions. Only around ten percent of your dog’s daily calorie intake should come from treats, even if they’re nutritious.
“While they are very nutritious for your dog, they don’t need to have a ton of [beans], or [they] can put a strain on their digestive system and lead to [gastrointestinal] issues, most frequently diarrhea,” Dr. Sievery said.
Beans, on the other hand, may make your dog gassy, so if you don’t want to deal with the smell, you may want to limit their consumption to a few treats a week.