Can Dogs Eat Green Peas? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

Peas aren’t considered toxic to dogs but there has been research over the past decade that does add some level of concern over the impact that peas could have on a dog’s health. This, however, doesn’t mean you should keep your dog’s diet free of peas. Consult with your vet first to see if it’s safe or not for your dog to eat peas in moderation.

Why Peas Could Be Dangerous to Dogs

Despite their health benefits, there are certain dangers that peas may introduce to dogs. Back in August 2021, Tufts University published a study on the association between canine diets and diet-associated canine heart disease (DCM). The results of the study suggest that peas are one of the leading food ingredients that may contribute to a rise in DCM in dogs.

There’s also the concern around purine, a compound that should be avoided by dogs that suffer from kidney problems. Peas can contain anywhere between 50 and 150mg of purine per 100 grams. For dogs with kidney issues, it’s best to avoid feeding them peas or any commercial dog food that may use peas as a filler.

Peas come in all shapes and sizes with common varieties including garden peas, snow peas, and snap peas. Special preparation is needed for snap peas because their pods have a tougher texture. Dogs, especially puppies or those of smaller-sized breeds, can choke if they swallow a whole snap pea pod without chewing. Make sure to chop the peas into smaller pieces before letting your dog eat them.

Can Dogs Eat Frozen Peas?

Did your vet give your dog the green light to eat some peas? Well, dogs can eat peas frozen or thawed. Do, however, keep in mind that dogs with sensitive stomachs may not handle frozen food that well so the thawed peas may be a safer option in such cases.

How Much Peas Can You Give Your Dog?

Moderation is important. We wouldn’t give a small healthy dog more than a teaspoon of peas. For larger-sized healthy dogs, a tablespoon worth of peas should be okay. Again, confirm with your vet what would be considered an appropriate amount to feed your pet. Want to know what else is or isn’t safe for dogs to eat? Find out by visiting our human food for dogs database.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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