Brussels sprouts are like marmite; you either love them or you hate them. They are a vegetable which divides people worldwide and they are a vegetable loved by just as many as those who despise their very existence. Brussels sprouts are known for their ever-so-slightly bitter taste and strong, pungent smell but, if prepared properly, they can be quite delicious.
#1: Can I Feed My Dog Brussel Sprouts?
As with anything, if fed in moderation, Brussel sprouts are absolutely safe to feed to your dog. As a vegetable which is related to the broccoli family, they are high in nutritional value and are perfectly safe – these little balls of veg-based dispute are very rich in dietary fiber and vitamins, two things which your dog absolutely needs to benefit from a balanced diet and aid development.
In addition to these, Brussel sprouts are packed full of antioxidants, which help promote overall health in both yours and your dog’s bodies; antioxidants fight so-called ‘free radicals’ which are linked to cancer and can damage cells. Antioxidants do this by protecting the body’s cells and stop them from being damaged. Also, antioxidants work wonders to reduce inflammation and improve overall blood circulation.
Dogs will eat almost anything, and this is no different when it comes to Brussel sprouts; your dog will have no problem with eating them at all. You don’t need to just feed your dog Brussel sprouts, though. Why not mix it up a bit and feed a whole medley of vegetables?
Vegetables, in moderation, are very good for dogs and many pet owners do not feed enough of them. You can safely feed your dog small amounts of other vegetables such as carrot, parsnip, courgette, peas, and spinach, to name a few; most leafy green or mixed vegetables are perfectly fine for dogs.
#3: Don’t Feed Them Raw
Although dogs will eat most things, raw Brussel sprouts are an exception to this. If you are going to try and feed your dog Brussel sprouts, then ensure that you cook them first. Cooking the sprouts makes them much more palatable and easier to eat; your dog is not going to enjoy eating a solid ball of vegetable, no matter what you serve it with.
When preparing Brussel sprouts for your dog, avoid cooking them in large amounts of fat, butter or with seasonings; simply boiling the sprouts in water and allowing them to go soft is good enough. By cooking them in fat, you are eliminating all the health benefits associated with them.
Many pet owners often overlook feeding their dogs vegetables, yet it is something which is completely safe in moderation (as with most things) and can enable your dog to enjoy a whole host of health benefits and get some extra nutrients into their body. Although Brussel sprouts may not be the obvious vegetable of choice to feed your pet dog, it is likely you will have some left over if you ever prepare them (they’re not the most popular vegetable!) and, in this case, there is no harm in having your dog finish them off.