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Can Dogs Eat Broccoli?

golden retriever holding broccoli

Can your dogs have broccoli? The answer is YES.

Dogs can eat both cooked and raw broccoli in small quantities, as long as there are no seasonings or oils added.

Benefits of Broccoli for Dogs

While dogs don’t actually need large amounts of fruits and vegetables to live healthy lives, certain ones do make suitable treats on occasion and can even provide health benefits.

  • Fiber: Broccoli has a lot of fiber which helps your dog’s digestive system to keep moving along. The stems can be problematic though because they are harder to digest.
  • Vitamin K: This is a vitamin powerhouse that improves bone density and provides a host of other benefits. If your dog is active, bone strength can keep him active longer. Bone density decreases as our dogs age and can reduce their mobility. It also has coagulating properties. Broccoli carries the highest amount of Vitamin K found in vegetables.
  • Vitamin C: Boosts the immune system of your dog and provides anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin C is produced naturally in a dog’s body, but that ability decreases as they age. It’s also a water-soluble vitamin, so passes in their urine if they receive too much.
  • Minerals: Broccoli contains magnesium, sodium, chromium potassium, and several others that all work together to strengthen your dog’s immune and nervous systems.
  • Folic Acid: Helps produce and maintain healthy cells, especially for pregnant dogs.