Be Careful When Your Dog Eats Cooked or Raw Broccoli

You need to be careful when you let your dog eat broccoli. Each part of the broccoli requires its own safety precautions. The floret, for example, should only be given to dogs in tiny amounts. It contains something called isothiocyanates, which may cause mild-to-severe gastric irritations if the dog ingests too much of it.

The broccoli stem doesn’t have the same concern with isothiocyanates but it can be hard to digest. It’s important to cut the broccoli stem into tiny pieces before you let your dog eat it. This will reduce the risk of the broccoli causing blockages in the dog’s gastrointestinal tract.

Broccoli can be served both raw and cooked to dogs but we would recommend serving it cooked when possible. The best cooking methods would be to roast, steam, or boil the broccoli. As a general rule of thumb, make sure the broccoli doesn’t consist of more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake. Aside from raw broccoli, there are other human foods dogs should be careful about.

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