Can Dogs Eat Asparagus? What You Need to Know

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Dogs can eat asparagus. Asparagus packs a punch of minerals and vitamins that’s healthy for your dog’s growth.

Still, there are some things about dogs and asparagus that you need to know before feeding them to your pup. 

Your dog can develop stomach upsets or gas if you feed it too much asparagus at any one given time.

Can Dogs Eat Asparagus Safely? Is It Good?

Yes. An asparagus vegetable comes with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants vital for your dog’s health and growth.

However, not every dog will like it, especially when fed raw. That’s because the asparagus stalk is kinda tough to chew and can be very unpleasant to deal with.

You’ll have a better chance of feeding it to your dog after you cook (by steaming) it a bit. Just until it’s soft enough for your pooch to chew and digest.

Avoid using oil when cooking your dog food as it can lead to pancreatitis[1] or Vitamin E deficiency [2].

Which Part Of An Asparagus Should You Feed Your Dog?

The right part of the asparagus plant to feed your dog with is the stalk or stem

Aim for the green, tender parts. This is where we get most of our vitamins and minerals from.

The root, on the other hand, doesn’t contain any nutritional value for dogs at all. And the same goes for the lower stems too.

Avoid feeding your dog with parts that are brown or have turned to mush after cooking.

This is because these stalks will probably contain too much sodium and not enough fiber, which can lead to your dog constipating.

What Are the Benefits Of Feeding A Dog Asparagus?

As with humans, the asparagus plant also has great nutritional benefits for your dog. These include:

  • Fiber: Helps with digestion and fights constipation.
  • Vitamin A: Improves your dog’s vision, immune response, and healthy bone growth.
  • Vitamin C: Helps in producing collagen and repairing dog’s tissues.
  • Vitamin K: Helps in blood clotting and preventing excessive bleeding in your dog.
  • Potassium and phosphorous: These nutrients are good for your dog’s heart function [3].

An asparagus vegetable also contains antioxidants that work as anti-aging agents.

When served moderately, it can keep your dog young while staving off tissue wear.

Just be sure to cut the asparagus stalk into pieces that your dog can easily chew and swallow! 

Otherwise, our furry friend may choke on the stalks and that’s a sight I’m sure you don’t want to see.

Is Raw Asparagus Good For my Dog?

raw asparagus

It’s okay to feed your dog small amounts of raw asparagus if he/she can handle it.

However, don’t go overboard.

Your pup will have a hard time and get mouth injuries if you let it gobble up large amounts at once.

Cooking ensures that the chemicals present get neutralized. Your dog will get no adverse reaction or allergies after eating.

Yet, you must know that cooking will reduce the number of nutrients that your dog will get from a single helping.

What Are The Risks Of Feeding Dogs Asparagus?

There are risks involved when feeding your furry friend with too much asparagus (or even at all).  

This depends on how sensitive your dog is to the plant.

So, how do you know if your pup can’t handle asparagus?

Common signs that your canine may have a reaction are:

  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or gassy stomach
  • An allergic rash
  • A runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing

If you spot any of the above signs after feeding your pooch with the vegetable, then there’s probably an allergy present.

You might want to consider the diet and how you serve it (whether raw or cooked).

What Is An Asparagus Fern?

asparagus fern

An asparagus fern is a perennial plant that bears green, inedible shoots and somehow resembles the asparagus vegetable.

This plant is very toxic once ingested by dogs [4] and should be always kept out of their reach.

If your dog ingests too much “fern”, it may lead to diarrhea and vomiting. 

This can inevitably cause dehydration if not treated right away.

Important: If you have asparagus fern growing somewhere in your yard, I’d advise that you fence it off immediately to prevent your dog from eating it.

Can I Give My Dog Asparagus Soup?

asparagus soup

In my opinion, I’d recommend that you keep asparagus soup off your dog’s menu for now. 

This is because your soup may contain other ingredients that are harmful to dogs in general.

For example, some soups may have onions (which are not good for your dog) as an ingredient.

Onions contain a chemical compound known as thiosulphate that’s toxic to dogs. 

It can cause hemolytic anemia in which leads to the rupturing of red blood cells. [5]

Other ingredients that are not dog-safe and might be present in your soup include butter and oil. These are all too fatty and could lead to diarrhea later on. [6]

How Often Can I Feed My Dog Asparagus?

Moderation is key here because feeding too much of this veggie at once might lead to stomach upset in your pooch.

Just to be safe, serve them asparagus as you would any other treat and observe the 10% rule[7]. They may vomit or get diarrhea if they have too much.

Also, it’s okay to give your dog small bites of this veggie once or twice weekly, but no more than that.

If for whatever reason, you want to exceed this ratio, then I advise that you consult your vet first.

But even so, just imagine if the stalks are that hard on your pup’s mouth, then how harsh must they feel while traveling down his/her digestive tract?

Sooner or later, your dog would be now dealing with painful gas or bloating on top of an upset stomach.

How To Serve Asparagus To Your Dog

Here are some tips for how to safely serve asparagus to your dog:

  • Wash before you cook: These veggies will likely have pesticides on them. So, washing them before cooking is really important if you want safe consumption for your pooch.
  • Cook them lightly before feeding: This way they’re easier to chew, especially if your dog needs tenderizing for its teeth or jaws. If possible, buy fresh asparagus with firm stalks still intact, rather than those wilted-looking things in supermarkets.
  • Cut into smaller pieces: Preferably bite-sized chunks instead of long thick spears which can be quite hard for a dog to chew.
  • Don’t cook them too long: They may lose a majority of their nutritional content. So, only boil the stalks for a few minutes before serving it up alongside your dog’s meal.
  • Moderate the portions: If you’re not sure how much is enough, then just go by what your pup can finish eating in one sitting.

What To Serve Asparagus With When Feeding Your Dog

I recommend that you pair your asparagus with any of the following when feeding your mutt:

  • Yogurt (plain or unsweetened): Can be a great source of calcium. But make sure there’s no added sugar in it especially if your doggo is diabetic already.
  • Oatmeal: An excellent choice for dogs who need something filling but not too heavy on their stomachs. It contains soluble fiber which could help manage your pooch’s blood glucose and prevent constipation.
  • Salmon: A great source of omega-rich fats as well as protein. Ensure it has no bones in it especially if you’re serving them whole like fillets, steaks, etc.

The Bottom Line

It’s okay to occasionally serve your dog some asparagus on the side. Just ensure that you practice caution when doing this. 

This is since the plant’s hard to chew and might lose some nutritional value once cooked.

Also, keep the portions moderate – even if your dog acts like a little pig at dinner time.

If your dog finds it hard to chew or digest asparagus, then consider switching to easy-to-digest options we covered like tomatoes or raspberries.

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Andrei Bratu
Andrei is the owner of Dog Food Camp and manages the team of expert writers on the site. He is passionate about helping dog lovers learn about canine nutrition.

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