Can Dogs Eat Chickpeas? Here Are The Benefits

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The answer is yes, they can eat them, but in small amounts. They provide tons of vitamins and minerals that are good for them. However, most times one should still check about your dog specifically.

When it comes to man’s best friend, we want to make sure that they are always taken care of and happy, and that includes avoiding suffering from an upset stomach.

So it is important to feed your dog adequately and consciously. As a matter of fact, a good diet can double your dog’s life compared to a poor one.

What are chickpeas? Can Dogs Eat Chickpeas?

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Chickpeas are more commonly known as Garbanzo beans. They belong to the legume family, next to beans, lentils, soybeans…. They are also known as high fiber, high protein, but also high carbohydrate food.

As of recent, a standard bag of dog food has chickpeas included in the list of ingredients, and its popularity as pet food is increasingly growing due to its nutritional benefits.

Can dogs eat chickpeas in all shapes and forms?

In a nutshell, no, they can eat natural chickpeas. Canned chickpeas are also an option although not as recommended, and chickpea flour is also good. The things you can´t eat are raw beans and hummus.

What health benefits does the garbanzo bean provide?

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Other than carbohydrates, protein, and fiber it provides many  nutrients like:

  • Potassium: Good for muscles and blood
  • Phosphorus: Good for energy production
  • Zinc: Improves Immune system
  • Vitamin K: Protein production for blood and bones.
  • Copper: Good for bones and blood vessels.
  • Magnesium: Muscle health, energy production 
  • Manganese: Helps blood and bones.

All of these have huge benefits for your body and our pets as well.[1]

How much chickpea should my dog eat? Does it depend on its size and weight?

Every breed of dog has its own specific food requirements, they all need different nutrients in different quantities, mostly because of variances in shape and size. 

Read more about How Much Should I Feed My Dog? to understand why it is important to calculate the amount of food your dog eats.

Are chickpeas easy for dogs to digest?

The truth is that garbanzo beans can be a bit heavy on any stomach. Because of a high protein level, the stomach requires a lot of effort to process it.

It should be advised to always give a little to your dog, as too much will probably end in a stomach ache.

Can a dog be allergic to chickpeas?

Absolutely! Look out for signs of allergy such as itching or sneezing, check for signs of indigestion as well. If your dog doesn’t react poorly to eating them, you´re good.

Can Dogs Eat Chickpeas If They Have a specific disease?

Below we will talk about diabetes, heart disease, pancreatitis, and kidney disease.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that mainly consists of an inability to process sugar (glucose), due to the lack of insulin secretion.

Is It Recommended That Dogs With Diabetes Eat Chickpeas?

Chickpeas are 66% carbohydrates. Chickpeas are also a complex carbohydrate, meaning their glucose release into the body is slower than a high glucose food, which normally gives what we call a “sugar rush”.

This is very good because it has a slower effect that the body can manage.

Given that chickpeas are a high protein food and low on glucose, it does not present that much of a  problem for dogs who have this disease. In fact, it can also help dogs who have diabetes have a more balanced weight.

We can say that it’s a food that offers more pros than cons. But still, be mindful of the amount that you’re giving to your dog.

Heart Disease

Now comes heart disease, heart diseases are normally related to blood pressure, either too high (hypertension) or too low (hypotension). Some other issues could be a genetic disease that affected the heart´s shape or some issue with its irrigation.

Can Dogs Eat Chickpeas If They Have A Heart Issue?

On the plus side, chickpeas have many great health benefits, in this case, chickpeas provide the body with magnesium and potassium, both of these minerals are known to improve heart-related issues.

However, as of recent, chickpeas have been linked with a disease called “Dilated myocardiopathy” (DCM for short). This disease is known to cause serious damage to your dog’s heart. 

So in conclusion, despite the health benefits, personally I’d keep my dog off chickpeas (If it has heart disease), for me the cons clearly outweigh the cons, especially if there’s a bigger risk of heart disease.

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a disease that as its name says, affects the pancreas, in medical language the -itis ending means inflammation or infection. So to make it simple, it means a pancreas infection. 

What Is The Pancreas Function?

The pancreas usually helps with two things: it produces pancreatic juice and insulin, and glucagon.

It also helps with a ton of enzyme secretions. Enzymes are chemical compounds that help the body expedite or ease its daily activities.

With this specific disease, the lack of enzyme production makes it very difficult to digest high-fat foods. If you want to learn more about dogs’ digestion, read our article on How Long Does It Take For A Dog To Digest Food.

 Our advice would be to completely discard feeding chickpeas to a dog with pancreatitis.

Can Dogs Eat Chickpeas If They Have Pancreatitis? 

My advice would be to not feed your dog chickpeas. The best way to manage a diet for a [4] dog with pancreatitis is extremely light foods, as it will make the pancreas´ workload immensely easier. 

Kidney Disease

Kidneys are tasked with cleansing the blood of any waste or impurities that could be in it, they are a very important organ. Unfortunately when you have kidney disease you immediately have an inability to process certain chemical compounds.

The way to make kidney disease more manageable is to again, feed your dog light foods.

Can I Feed My Dog Garbanzo Beans If It Has Kidney Disease?

One of the foods that you definitely can’t eat is chickpeas, specifically because every kind of legume has a very high content of potassium that will give your kidneys a very hard time.

So despite its great nutritional value, we can see that it is a tough food to eat and certainly takes its toll on the body. Be prudent in the amount you give your pet.

Pregnancies

dog with puppies

During pregnancy, what the mother eats is very important, mainly because she has 5-8 little pups that need to start growing in a healthy way. The nutrients are split in five to eight ways, for her and for growing offspring.

 It is very important (so they can grow to be very healthy) that the mother has a healthy diet, she is eating for many. 

The Bottom Line

 We´ve already seen that chickpeas have an immense nutritional value, they have a bit of everything, from carbohydrates to protein to vitamins and minerals.

Chickpeas are basically a superfood, they have a ton of positive benefits for you and for your pets. You should definitely include it in their diet[2], as it will make it richer,  the exact amount, I leave at your discretion. 

However, we also saw that chickpeas are sometimes a bit too much for the body, due to their high content of nutrients, and it can be tough to give it to your pet if they are sick.

There are many ways to include garbanzo beans into a dog’s diet, I´m pretty sure the croquettes you already feed your pet have some. But if you want a little something extra you can always cook them plainly (don´t season or condiment them) and feed them to them.

If you are more interested in giving your dog beans, read our article on Can Dogs Eat Green Beans.

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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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