Can Dogs Eat Beets and Beetroots Safely?
Yes, it’s safe for dogs to eat beets. This root vegetable is packed with essential nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, and magnesium. Beets also have a good concentration of dietary fiber, which is quite important for dogs that suffer from chronic bowel problems. Don’t be afraid to supplement your dog’s regular food with beets or to give the beets separately as a treat.
While it’s rare, there could always be a possibility of your dog being allergic to vegetables like beets so always start off with a tiny amount if this will be the first time you will be feeding your dog beets. We recommend giving mashed beets to dogs as raw beets may potentially create obstructions in the dog’s digestive system if the pieces are too big.
The leaves or greens of the beetroots are also considered to be healthy for dogs but they should only be fed in cooked form. According to the ASPCA, large mature leaves may contain oxalic acid, which could be damaging for your dog’s body. Cooking helps reduce the amount of oxalic acid in the leaves. Visit our human food for dogs guide if you would like to see what other vegetables are safe for dogs to eat in moderation.