Depending on the quantity of the baked beans and your dog’s overall health, your pup’s reaction to it may differ. If it is small and a one-time consumption, your dog should be fine. However, habitual consumption of baked beans by pups can cause pancreatitis.
A diabetic dog should not taste baked beans even by mistake. Of course, this would worsen their already fragile health. But pups with no diabetic concern can quickly add unhealthy weight if they regularly or intermittently feast on baked beans. The reason has been mentioned earlier: baked beans contain a lot of sugars.
Besides high sugar content, baked beans also contain plenty of sodium, an additive that dogs shouldn’t eat. So, when your canine feeds on baked beans, their propensity to sickness increases, and they also become susceptible to dehydration.
As you probably know by now, preventing canine ill-health is by far safer and better than trying to cure it. Apart from the cost, it hurts to see your furry friends in a bad mood. The saturated fat content of baked beans is high, thanks to the ingredients, and this means that your pup’s digestive system will have to do extra work to break it down.
What Beans Are Toxic To Dogs?
Fava or broad beans are generally unsafe for dogs because they cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. As such, whether cooked, baked, or dried, they should not be fed to dogs.
But aside from broad beans, other varieties of beans, which are toxic to your canine and best to be avoided, include:
- Chili beans – They contain spices, onions, and garlic that are not friendly to a dog’s gut.
- Canned beans – They contain preservatives and high sodium content.
- Raw kidney beans – They contain high lectin content that is toxic to pups.
- Refried Beans – These beans are toxic to dogs because of their seasonings such as garlic, cumin, and chili powder, in addition to plenty of preservatives.
- Coffee beans – These beans can kill your canine or even lead to a neurological disorder due to the caffeine content.
- Baked beans – They are high in fats, sugar, seasonings and often cause pancreatitis.
Beans can indeed be part of a dog’s diet, especially when prepared correctly. In fact, some of the dogs’ foods sold in stores contain beans and other vegetables as their source of protein and fibers.
But the burning question would be on how to properly prepare beans for dogs? For example, are dogs better off eating cooked beans than baked ones? The next section takes a look at that.