Can my dog eat açai berries?
No, Açai berries are not safe for dogs to eat.
Many berries are labelled as superfoods and can be very beneficial for dogs to eat. Açai berries, unfortunately, are not one of those.
If given in very small amounts, Acai berries can be beneficial due to their extremely high antioxidant content. Caution must be taken though, as they do contain a very tiny amount of theobromine. This compound, also found in chocolate, is toxic to dogs. Theobromine in Acai averages (0.0014mg/g), compared to an average of (0.82mg/g) in chocolate. To avoid any health issues choose dog friendly berries such as blueberries instead.
Do not panic if your dog accidentally eats one or two. More than this, however, could cause vomiting, excessive thirst, and kidney issues if left unchecked.
Can dogs eat almonds?
Yes, almonds are safe for dogs to eat and are best fed crushed, soaked or powdered to prevent risk of choking or intestinal blockage.
Your dog’s individual digestive health will determine how likely this is to occur, but you should always try to err on the side of caution with nuts.
Some Almond brands sometimes contain a mould toxin called aflatoxin, which can contribute to skin issues, nausea or even, in extreme circumstances, seizures in dogs. The mould is all down to how the almonds are stored, which, as the end buyer, can be difficult to identify.
Otherwise, almonds can provide useful additional fatty acids, fibre, vitamin E, vitamins and minerals to your dog’s diet.
Can dogs eat apples?
Yes, apples are safe for dogs to eat and can be nutritious too.
Apples are a great source of antioxidants and quercetin. Quercetin is a flavonoid that helps to fight off the harmful effects of allergies and is mostly found in the skin of the apple. A good source of prebiotics, apples are rich in pectin which supports gut health, while also especially rich in vitamin C and polyphenols.
Apples are best fed occasionally as a treat due to their high natural sugar content. Opt for organic apples for dogs when you can. Farmed apples are quite high in pesticides, so wash them well.
Can dogs eat asparagus?
Yes, asparagus is safe for dogs to eat.
In fact, asparagus is one of the most useful vegetables for dogs due to its strong prebiotic content, coupled with above average amounts of vitamin K and vitamin B9 (folate).
These nutrients make the asparagus great for your dog’s digestive system, supporting and enhancing digestive function.
Asparagus can contribute to the natural balance of your dog’s gut bacteria and also contains useful flavonoids and anti-inflammatory compounds, such as quercetin.
You can feed asparagus to your dog a few times a week, perhaps rotated with other prebiotic foods too. Aim to feed lightly cooked, chopping off the bottom third of the vegetable, which can be tough to digest even after cooking.
Can dogs eat avocado?
Yes, avocado is safe for dogs to eat.
The flesh is highly nutritious. However, the stone and rind of avocado are unsafe for a dog to eat due to a toxin called persin, which can sometimes cause vomiting and poisoning.
Avocado flesh, however, contains healthy fats, antioxidants, minerals (especially potassium) and fibre.
Can my dog eat apricots?
Yes, apricots are safe for dogs to eat, but the stone from an apricot is not.
Apricots can be given as an occasional snack or treat, as they provide a small amount of vitamins C and A. As with most fruits, however, they can be higher in sugars than, say, leafy and nutritious vegetables, so try and feed them sparingly, especially if your dog has diabetes.
Can my dog eat artichokes?
Yes, Globe artichokes and Jerusalem artichokes are safe for dogs to eat. However, artichokes sold in oil may not be healthy for dogs.
Like many vegetables, Globe artichokes are fairly high in minerals, like magnesium, as well as a range of B vitamins and vitamin C. Your dog will likely digest Globe artichokes better if you cook them first.
The most useful attribute of Globe artichokes is their ability to support the liver in detoxification. As a member of the thistle family, like milk thistle, Globe artichokes contain the antioxidants cynarin and silymarin, which are both thought to positively impact liver function.
Jerusalem artichokes are also good for dogs to eat. These are more of a root than a vegetable and do not need to be peeled before feeding to your dog. They do, however, need to be lightly cooked for proper digestion to occur.
This root vegetable is high in the fibre inulin, a well-known prebiotic that feeds and sustains the good bacteria of your dog’s microbiome. Jerusalem artichokes also contain a fair amount of iron and potassium.
Can my dog eat aubergine?
Yes, aubergine is safe for dogs to eat, but there are better choices of vegetables for dogs.
Aubergine is unsuitable for dogs with inflammatory conditions or kidney ailments. Some dogs experience internal inflammation showing up as skin ailments, joint issues or other physiological conditions. Kidneys can be compromised without outward symptoms showing, so it is better to offer other, more useful vegetables such as leafy greens or those from the cucumber family.
While your dog accidentally eating some aubergine should be okay, we wouldn’t recommend that you add any to your dog’s food bowl.