Yes, broccoli can hurt your dog if not appropriately prepared and given in excess amounts. If given in moderation and cut into small pieces or cooked, it is hazardless for your pooch. Remember never to give your puppy any broccoli.
Typically, feeding your dog broccoli is not considered dangerous. Here is what big amounts of broccoli intake can cause with your pooch:
- Gastrointestinal obstruction
These are some worst-case scenarios, and if taken in small amounts and in moderation, broccoli will cause no harm. If your pooch’s daily intake of any cruciferous vegetable is bigger than 10% or 25%, an obstruction may arise.
Aside from being a choking hazard for your four-legged friend, broccoli is also full of isothiocyanate. This is a chemical compound found in many vegetables. If a dog’s daily food intake surpasses 10% of isothiocyanate-rich foods, it can cause some intestinal problems for your pooch.
How Much Broccoli Can A Dog Eat?
A dog can have up to 10% of its daily food intake from broccoli. Everything above 25% is considered toxic to the dog. Therefore, the caloric intake of broccoli for any dog should never surpass ¼ daily.
Also, these numbers depend on the size and age of the dog. If broccoli is a new treat you are introducing, continuously monitor your dog after consumption. Some dogs will react differently than others to broccoli.
The amount of 10% of daily food intake of broccoli differs from dog to dog and is individual. Here are the mounts of broccoli we would recommend:
- Small adult dogs: One big broccoli head daily
- Big adult dogs: Two big broccoli heads daily
Can I Feed My Dog Broccoli Every Day?
No, you should not feed your dog broccoli every day. Broccoli should be an occasional treat to your pooch and should not be considered a full meal. Since the vegetable is full of fiber, it would be hard for a dog to digest it.
This goes especially if a dog eats it every day. Daily intake of cruciferous vegetables, or collard greens, can lead to gas and tummy problems with your pooch. If you are introducing broccoli to your dog for the first time, monitor their health afterward. Also, try to feed your dog broccoli on rare occasions and in moderate amounts.