Although dogs can eat greens safely and derive nutritional benefits from them, they do not still need greens. This is also evident from the fact that they are carnivores.
Dogs can still derive their source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from other foods like meats, bones, grains, and commercial dog foods.
Feeding your doggie with greens should be optional and be fed as a treat. It should only consist of at most 10% of your furry friend’s diet.
What Leafy Greens Can Dogs Not Eat?
Some leafy greens are not safe for your canine buddy because they contain toxic compounds. They should be avoided at all costs. Examples of such are onions, garlic, unripe tomatoes, and tomato leaves, leeks, chives, and rhubarb.
Also, some leafy greens should not be consumed by dogs prone to kidney and bladder problems. These greens have high amounts of calcium oxalate and thiocyanates. Examples of such greens and vegetables are spinach, collards, parsley, beet greens, beetroots, kale, swiss chard, quinoa, and okra.