Yes, celery is OK for dogs to eat… but really… why! Sorry, celery sometimes feels a little like a punishment with it’s high fiber content, often stringy texture and bland taste. But, for your four legged friend, it’s crunchy – Yay! Go ahead and see if Rocky enjoys a piece of celery if that’s what’s being chopped up in the kitchen.
So, ‘why’ you ask, would you want to offer your dog a vegetable like celery. Veggies contain useful vitamins and minerals that are not only good for people, buts pets as well. While your dog is primarily a carnivore, it’s fine to offer your dog a few veggies infrequently.
Celery as Weight Loss Veggie
Many experts suggest restricting fruits and veggies to not more than 10% of your dog’s daily diet. Some people might try adding a veggie like celery to their pet’s diet to help with weight control. Some dogs will clean out the food bowl the minute you fill it, while others are OK with open feeding. Open feeding that we’re referring to here is the concept of keeping extra food in the dog’s bowl at all times, assuming that he/she will stop eating when they are full. This doesn’t work for all dogs!
If your dog is the ‘clean out the bowl’ type, and continues to ask for additional treats, adding in some vegetables might be a great solution. Veggies are full of fiber and will help your dog feel a little more full without the added calories.
Cut Appropriately to Avoid Choking Hazard
For celery in particular, chop it into appropriately sized pieces for the size of your dog. Firmer veggies like celery are a choking hazard, especially for dogs that tend to swallow quickly and not chew properly. You know your own dog’s eating habits, whether they are a slow or fast eater. Some dogs will tend to swallow quickly so you will give them a second serving… of anything. Consider chopping the celery into small enough pieces that would not cause a choking hazard.
Some pets might be trusted with a larger piece of celery, promoting a chew-stick style of eating. Remember the 10% recommendation of their overall daily diet. This treat might be the only extra thing your dog gets above their regular kibble today if it’s a larger piece.
What Other Fruits or Veggies Can I Feed My Dog?
Read more here about other fruits and vegetables you might be inclined to offer your dog as a treat, and some to avoid!
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