Whether you love them or hate them…
…There’s no denying that Brussels sprouts are a healthy, fibrous vegetable loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
But does that apply to dogs, too?
Is it safe for your dog to eat Brussel sprouts?
Are there any benefits or drawbacks?
In this guide, you’ll find answers to all your questions, so let’s begin.
Can Dogs Eat Brussels Sprouts?
Yes. In small quantities they’re usually fine for dogs to eat.
Are Brussels Sprouts Good for Dogs?
Brussels sprouts offer plenty of fiber, as well as important vitamins such as A, K, C, and B vitamins including B1 and B6.
When Are Brussels Sprouts Bad for Dogs?
One potential issue is gas.
Too many Brussels sprouts are likely to cause flatulence for many dogs.
And in larger quantities, they can cause diarrhea and stomach upset.
However: They aren’t toxic by themselves, so they shouldn’t cause any health issues.
But if your dog seems unwell after eating sprouts, consult a vet.
Can Dogs Eat Brussels Sprouts Raw?
Serving raw Brussels sprouts to your dog isn’t a good idea.
While they’re not toxic, they’ll be harder for your dog to eat and digest.
They’ll also be less appetizing, so your dog may not be interested in them.
Can Dogs Eat Brussels Sprout Stalks?
No, it’s not a good idea.
The flavor and texture of the stalks aren’t as good as the sprouts themselves… and it could also pose a choking hazard, particularly for smaller dog breeds.
Can Dogs Eat Brussels Sprouts Cooked?
Yes. Cooking the Brussels sprouts first is wise.
It’ll improve the taste and texture, as well as help your dog’s digestive system by softening the sprouts up.
Can Dogs Eat Frozen Brussels Sprouts?
If the sprouts have been defrosted and cooked… then there’s no harm in serving these to your dog, just like regular Brussels sprouts.
However, giving them to your dog directly from the freezer isn’t the best idea!
Can Dogs Eat Whole Brussels Sprouts?
It’s safest to chop them up first, especially for smaller breeds who may be more likely to choke on them.
Chopping the sprouts into halves will also make them easier for your dog to eat.
How Can I Serve Brussels Sprouts for My Dog?
A great way to prepare Brussels sprouts for your dog is to steam them.
The benefit of steaming is that it preserves all of the nutrients while softening them up to make them easier for your dog to eat (and digest.)
Alternatively, you could microwave or boil them. They should take anywhere from 8 to 10 minutes. (Whereas steaming will take around 5 minutes.)
It’s best to serve them plain, without any spices or herbs (which could have adverse effects.)
A small portion is best… so stick to only or two sprouts at first and see whether your dog likes them. You could also chop them up and put them in with their regular food.
In summary, giving your dog a few Brussel sprouts is fine. Just like humans, you may find your dog either loves them or hates them.
But as long as they’re cooked and served in moderation, there’s no problem with letting your dog eat a few Brussel sprouts.