If you had ever met this vegetable inside a store, you probably saw an enlarged acorn that had a purplish color. Used in many food cuisines around the world, beet is mostly filled with water and great nutrients that provide various health benefits for its consumers.
In today’s post, we will try to cover the healthy aspects of beets as well as several cautionary points that you need to keep in the back of your mind. Without further ado, let’s jump straight in!
- 1 Benefits of Beets for Dogs
- 2 Drawbacks of Feeding Beets to Your Dog
- 3 What Are Some Healthy Alternatives to Beets?
- 4 How Can I Prepare Beets for My Dog?
- 5 Is It Ideal for My Dog to Eat Beets?
Benefits of Beets for Dogs
As you have already expected, the benefits will be centered around the nutrients and the health benefits that those nutrients provide. If you already know the health benefits of beets, skip down to our drawback section for several words of caution.
1. Source of Great Nutrients
In the list down below, you will see the nutrients present in beets and their general amounts. Since they don’t contain the same amount for every vegetable, I’ll try my best to keep in short and sweet, and this is the source that we used for your reference.
- Great Amounts of Water (Best Liquid on the Planet!)
- Medium Carbs and Sugar
- Minimal Protein, Fiber, and Fats
- Folate, Manganese, Potassium, Iron, and Vitamin C
As you can see, beets can various nutrients that are beneficial for your dog’s health; however, they cannot be used as a primary ingredient since beets do not contain enough protein and fats. Always Serve in Moderation!
2. Various Methods of Serving
Unlike some ingredients that limit your cooking capabilities, beet can be cooked in a variety of ways. Similar to a potato, it can be served mashed, chopped, baked, fried, you name it! I don’t think anyone likes eating a fried beet, but it is all up to you.
3. Numerous Health Benefits
Similar to our list of nutrients, we will cover the health benefits of each nutrient starting from top to bottom, so pay close attention to the nutritional values of beets. Some of this might be understood, but it is vital to cover each point before going on to our next section.
- Water – Necessary for Survival, Vital for Healthy Lifestyle
- Fiber – Aids With Digestion, Cleans Out Internal Organs
- Folate – Helps With Tissue Function
- Potassium – Maintains Regular Blood Pressure
- Iron and Vitamin C – Helps Blood Cells and Immune System
Water should be the only option used to feed your dog since liquids such as juices and carbonic beverages contain high amounts of sugar. Similar to most vegetables, beet has a high percentage of fiber, which will ensure that your dog’s digestive tract is nice and clean.
Drawbacks of Feeding Beets to Your Dog
Even though it had several positive points, beets also have a few negative aspects to consider when you are trying to feed beets to your dog. Be sure to realize the importance of each drawback before making your final call.
1. Present a Choking Hazard
Other than beet juice, you have to either chop, slice, or grind the beets before feeding it to your dog. Whatever the case, you need to make sure to chop it in small enough pieces so that your dog has no trouble eating it on his own.
Big chunks will present a choking hazard for small dogs and even cause an obstruction in their digestive tracts. Both cases will cause severe injury to your dog, and in worst scenarios, surgery might be needed.
2. High in Oxalate
Also known as oxalic acid, oxalate is an antinutrient that is present in many plants today. Since the beet is from a plant-based family, it is high in oxalic acid, which binds with minerals. This doesn’t sound that serious, but the binding process is detrimental to your health.
After forming compounds with minerals, oxalic acid prevents minerals from being absorbed into your body. This article by healthline provides the necessary information regarding oxalate, so please visit this source if you have any further questions.
3. Can Cause Digestive Problems
Even though beets contain a great amount of nutrients, you still need to moderate the amount you give to your dog. If consumed in large amounts, oxalic acid will cause damage to your dog’s internal organs, and it will probably result in the formation of kidney stones.
In addition, your dog’s feces will turn to a reddish color due to the coloring of beets. Your dog might be fine on the outside, but they will experience pain on the inside due to the abnormal diet. Always check up on your dog, and if you are not sure, be sure to look it up!
What Are Some Healthy Alternatives to Beets?
If you want options other than beets, vegetables such as carrots and celery might be the healthy alternatives for your dog. If you want some sweetness on top, fruits such as apple and oranges will do the job. As always, cut it up into bite-size chunks and feed them in limited amounts!
How Can I Prepare Beets for My Dog?
There are countless ways in which you can prepare beets for your dog, but I will give you some ideas to start things off. In the list down below, I have listed some of the ideas from online sources, so be sure to take advantage of them if you want to add beets to your dog’s diet.
- Cook It and Mash It (Similar to Mashed Potatoes)
- Bake It and Chop It (Similar to Baked Sweet Potatoes)
- Just Chop It Raw (Into Small Bite-Sized Chunks)
- Slice it Up (As a Topping on Dog-Food)
This is just one of the few methods, so be sure to try it out and see which method is the one that your dog enjoys the most.
Is It Ideal for My Dog to Eat Beets?
After considering the positive effects and the negative aspects, I’m personally going to say that it is not ideal to feed beets to your dog. There are other ingredients out there far better, and you should find one that you can implement consistently.
If beet is the one that you implement consistently, then there you go! If not, you should try other ingredients that are listed in our Dogfood category. Be sure to share this post and comment down below if you have any questions regarding this post.