Broccoli Stems or Stalks Can Be a Safety Hazard for Dogs

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You should be very careful when you let your dog eat broccoli stems or broccoli stalks. They aren’t considered toxic but they can pose a safety hazard if they aren’t prepared correctly.

Broccoli stems (or stalks) are really dense and can be extremely had for dogs to digest, especially in the raw form. Some dogs may swallow the broccoli stems without chewing them properly. This increases the risk of the broccoli pieces becoming obstructions in the dog’s stomach and intestinal tract.

Dogs that suffer from gastrointestinal blockage will become sick and start to display various symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. If you want to avoid such risks then please be sure to cut the broccoli stems into smaller pieces before you let your dog eat them.

Preparation-wise, it will be even better if you cook the broccoli stem via roasting or steaming. Make sure to serve the broccoli stalks plain. Don’t cook it with oil or butter as that would cause further problems for your dog’s stomach. Want to know what else could be a safety hazard for dogs? Our food safety for dogs list covers 100+ human foods dogs can and cannot eat.


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