Can you feed a dog cooked Brussels sprouts? How about raw Brussels sprouts? Learn everything you need to know about feeding your dog Brussels sprouts.
Brussels sprouts are a pretty divisive food for humans (thanks to mom overcooking them into mush in our childhood).
But, if you’re like us and have learned to enjoy eating them in adulthood, you may be wondering – can dogs eat Brussels sprouts too?
The answer is yes, Brussels sprouts are a safe food for dogs and can even be a nutritious addition to their diet.
Our foster dog right now, Molly, devours them straight out of the oven when we roast them for dinner and we’re happy to give her a half or two as a healthy treat.
BENEFITS OF FEEDING YOUR DOG BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable (a category basically synonymous with health for both humans and dogs!) very rich in fiber and high in antioxidants.
They’re also high in both vitamins K and C.
Vitamin K helps with bone health and blood clotting whereas vitamin C, as we all probably know, is one of the most ubiquitous antioxidants in plant foods helping to support your dog’s immune system.
Its fiber content is really the star of the show though therefore making Brussels sprouts both nutrient rich and helpful for the gut health of your dog.
Wondering about other cruciferous vegetables safe for you dog to eat?
CAN MY DOG EAT RAW BRUSSELS SPROUTS?
Raw Brussels sprouts can be a bit harsh on any digestive system whether human or canine but it is safe for your dog to eat raw Brussels sprouts.
So if yours is a counter surfer and happens to steal one off the cutting board during meal preparation, don’t be worried. The worst that may happen is a bit of gas! More on that below.
The Brussels sprouts leafs and stalks (although they’re even more fibrous) are all safe for your dog to eat.
Related – can dogs eat green beans?
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SERVE BRUSSELS SPROUTS TO DOGS?
Since your dog likely won’t enjoy this vegetable raw, serving cooked Brussels sprouts is the best idea for incorporating them into their diet.
Preparation ideas include simply steaming, microwaving or roasting. Boiling is ok too but tends to diminish the nutrients in vegetables so we usually avoid that method. Not to mention, it’s the least tasty of the bunch!
Of course, no matter how you prepare them, never serve your dog Brussels sprouts with onions, leeks, shallots or garlic.
Related – can dogs eat leeks?
Some seasonings can be fine but in general, it’s best to keep human food pretty plain when allowing your dog to eat it as well.
It’s also good practice to keep cooking fats to a minimum when preparing vegetables for your dog. In excess, all that extra grease can cause diarrhea even in the most ironclad of canine stomachs.
A little olive or avocado oil is fine but bacon grease and butter are typically fats that your dog should avoid.
If we plan to give our dogs food we’re also eating, we typically cook a few pieces for them separately in a very plain manner.
So while the humans may indulge in delicious recipes like maple roasted Brussels sprouts on the stalk or even creamy Brussels sprout soup, the pups will get a piece or two plainly roasted or steamed without seasoning as we prepare the meal.
WHAT’S THE BRUSSELS SPROUT SERVING SIZE FOR DOGS?
It’s best to limit a serving of Brussels sprouts to one to four pieces depending on the size of your dog and the size of the Brussels sprouts.
For large sprouts as pictured here, half of one for a small dog and up to two for a large dog would be plenty.
Remember, all human food should be considered a “treat” for your dog. Just because it’s a vegetable doesn’t mean they need to eat copious amounts!
THE ONE CAUTION TO FEEDING YOUR DOG BRUSSELS SPROUTS
As mentioned above, Brussels sprouts can lead to gas in dogs. This is why it’s best to be frugal on the serving size and not make this vegetable a daily treat.
The good news is, any gas your dog may have after eating Brussels sprouts is totally harmless.
Well, at least to their health, you may feel otherwise!
Now that you know dogs can eat Brussels sprouts safely, we hope you enjoy incorporating them into both your diets more frequently!