The vegetable kohlrabi might not be very well known to many people and even the name alone might sound kind of foreign. It is characterized by being very similar in appearance and taste to the common cabbage.
This nutrient-dense vegetable is very healthy for people, but is it healthy for dogs? The answer is yes. If you have a dog that you are thinking about feeding human food, it’s important to know which ones are safe for them. Continue reading to learn about dogs and this healthy snack.
Should I Feed My Dog Kohlrabi?
While your dog can eat a few pieces of kohlrabi, they do not need it. Kohlrabi is not a standard part of a dog’s diet, so they do not need it to thrive.
Although it is a healthy vegetable and a suitable snack, it’s important to be careful how much or how often you feed it to your dog. Because dogs are natural carnivores, it’s important to feed them a healthy canine diet of vitamins and nutrients, and other dog-safe ingredients.
You should watch your dog’s health when you feed them kohlrabi for the first time to see if they get an upset stomach or other negative signs that could be a result of eating them. These signs can include gas or diarrhea.
Are There Vegetables Dogs Cannot Eat?
Of course! Not every food that humans can consume is automatically safe for dogs too. Some vegetables are known to cause digestive issues for dogs because they are not natural to them. This can include different vegetables like garlic, onions, shallots, and chives.
There are other vegetables known to cause health issues in dogs that include mushrooms or rhubarb. These vegetables are harmful towards them both cooked and uncooked. It can cause reactions in not only their digestion system, but they also contain ingredients that can cause other illnesses that affect their other organs.
How Do I Know My Dog Is Having a Bad Reaction?
There are signs that your dog might be having a bad reaction to something that you feed them and it’s important to watch out for them. There are a few reactions that may be more immediate such as vomiting, gas, or diarrhea, but others could arise after time. These reactions could be things like wheezing, heart and respiratory issues, and kidney problems.
It’s important to keep an eye on any negative reactions that arise and what foods cause them, so you know which ones not to feed them again.
The best way to keep your dog healthy and happy is to keep track of their diet and feed them the right foods. Always consult a veterinarian if you have questions about what’s best to feed your dog based on their breed, age, size, and more. There may be better foods for a dog who has certain needs such as issues with their weight, predispositions to illnesses, and more.
Don’t replace your dog’s food with human food entirely without the right consultation and research behind it first and remember there are also other nutrients they require from regular dog food.
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