Can Dogs Eat Beans?
Can Dogs Eat Beans? When it comes to preparing a meal, many people wonder what foods they can eat, and so can their dog. Green beans are vegetables that you and your dog can enjoy, but they’re not even beans! Can Dogs Eat Other Beans? Read on to learn more about the types of beans your dog can eat.
Are beans good for dogs?
Yes. Beans can be part of a dog’s healthy diet. They are high in fiber and they also contain protein. Dogs can eat beans as a treat. This means beans should never make up more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake. Since beans can be high in calories, you shouldn’t give your dog a lot of them.
What Types of Beans Can Dogs Eat?
Your dog can eat several types of beans. Here are a few he can taste:
- Black beans
- Lima beans
- Red beans
- chick haricots
- Haricots garbanzo
- White beans
- soy beans
How to prepare beans for dogs?
“Beans should be prepared the same way as for humans,” says Jan Dempsey, senior nutritionist at Purina. Beans already contain a lot of fiber. When raw, they are almost indigestible. Dogs can eat beans or other legumes that have been soaked and then cooked. Cooking beans helps your dog digest them and can help reduce flatulence. (Beans can still make your dog gas!)
Can dogs eat beans instead of meat?
No. Dogs can eat soy beans, but a bean-only diet is bad for dogs if beans replace meat in their diet. If you feed your dog a diet high in soybeans, as in a vegetarian diet for humans, your dog will not get the quality protein he needs. Even though dogs are omnivores, they need quality protein sources, and beans don’t provide enough.
Can Dogs Eat Green Beans?
Yes! Green beans are good for dogs. But their name is confusing. Green beans are vegetables. They are not part of the legume family, unlike other beans. That said, green beans are good for your dog’s health, and dogs love to eat them.
When giving green beans to your dog, it is best to serve them fresh or cooked. “Avoid canned vegetables,” recommends Jan Dempsey. “They often contain added sodium and they may contain preservatives. Canned vegetables just add salt and other things that dogs don’t really need in their diet.” The ideal green beans for dogs are raw green beans that you buy in the produce section of your store.
Frozen green beans are also an option. “To prepare pre-cooked, frozen beans, steam or microwave them to thaw them until ready to serve,” suggests the nutritionist.
Check out our canine nutrition section to learn more about some human foods that are safe for dogs — and a few that aren’t.