Who doesn't love to spoil their puppies? Especially with treats.
Plus, your puppy may be one of those who have a strong bond with food and can't let go of it. Therefore, you may be wondering if you can give him some "human" foods and if puppies can eat celery.
Thus, we structured this post in order to explain the best way possible:
In short, yes! - They can indeed.
Even though there is a list of "human foods" that can be harmful to dogs, celery isn't included. However, there could be some potential risks. Keep reading to know which ones.
Yes! But only in moderation.
Although a dog's diet must be focused on meat, they still are omnivorous.
Hence the reason why commercial foods don't only contain meat, but vegetables as well. Despite possessing a high number of fibers and vitamins, veggies benefit the digestive system.
Whether your puppy usually devourers meals or not, vegetables can be a great snack for them.
Besides celery, here are some other vegetables that puppies can eat:
However, keep in mind that dogs don’t have the same needs as ours when it comes to consuming this type of nutriments. Thus, we reinforce the idea that you must provide these aliments in moderation.
As we have already mentioned, vegetables have a lot of benefits. Needless to say, celery is included.
It is highly beneficial for strong and healthy bones due to owning many nutrients, such as potassium (as much as bananas), calcium, magnesium, and other vitamins.
Besides, it is an excellent option if your pet is overweight, as it is surprisingly low in calories. To give you a better insight, a stalk of medium size celery has less than 7 calories. The reason behind this has to do with the fact that this aliment is high in water content, approximately 95%. Hence the reason why it is a great snack if your puppy doesn’t usually drink a lot of water.
Another bonus is that you can freshen up your dog’s breath with celery.
In the “Can Puppies Eat Vegetables?” section, we’ve stated that dogs don’t have the same need as ours for remaining healthy. Therefore, this shouldn’t be given as a whole meal.
Instead, give celery to your puppy as a snack.
Keep in mind that snacks shouldn’t pass the limit of 10% of your dog’s daily diet (maximum 15%), in which celery is included.
You calculate how much he can eat by observing how much he consumes throughout the day. Afterward, you can give him a small portion of celery according to that.
Since dogs aren’t used to eating vegetables as frequently, the chances of not digesting it well are high, which can lead to an upset stomach.
Moreover, because it is composed of 95% water, your dog might experience excessive urination, diarrhea, or even nausea and vomiting.
On the other hand, there is a potential risk for choking as well, particularly to small dogs.
Therefore, you must integrate this into his diet slowly and cutting small chunks always.
Before trying to implement celery to a dog’s diet, you must assure that it is in good conditions.
For instance, if the celery is starting to turn into a brownish color, is best to remove those parts, don’t throw everything away if the rest seems good. It must be a bright green.
After you’ve checked if the aliment is in good conditions, you must wash it and then proceed adding it to his food.
Do I need to cook it?
It’s up to you! If you choose to give it raw, cut it in even smaller chunks, you can add it on top of his habitual meal as well.
But you may also cook it and add it to other homemade foods or commercial ones. Just make sure that you don’t put any seasoning – they don’t need it.
Is there any recipe I can add celery into?
Yes! There is a perfect recipe. This is a chicken stew that contains celery, lettuce, tomatoes, chicken breast, brown rice, bell peppers, broccoli, and green beans – a suggestion from the ASPCA since it has the perfect amount of proteins, fats, vitamins, and supplements.
Can puppies eat celery leaves?
Although humans can, it doesn’t mean that dogs can as well. It’s best to avoid the leaves since its chances of accumulating pesticides or other toxins are extremely high and are stored in the leaves.
However, if you know that it is organic, there is no problem in feeding him the leaves.
Note, before directly putting celery into his diet, try offering him a full stalk in order to observe how he eats it. If he attempts to swallow big chunks, is best to cut it into smaller ones before providing him that.
Plus, if dog seems to feel unwell after eating it, it’s best that you stop providing him celery. Symptoms may include gases, diarrhea, vomiting, and bloating.
Another great alternative is apples!
Let us know in the comments if you’ve tried giving celery to your dog. If so, did he like it?
Anyway, our furry friend truly appreciates the effort you’re making for him when seeking for more foods in order to provide him a more diverse diet.
And we appreciate that you’re doing your research. In fact, we give you a lot of advice on our blog and the possibilities of finding something useful for you are high.
Thus, make sure to check out our other posts!