Asparagus- A Healthy Option for your Dog or a Health Hazard?

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Many pet owners will be frowning when you bring up the notion or topic of feeding a domestic animal or absolutely most animals that are not carnivorous in nature, vegetables. This is largely due to the commonly addressed and known facts that many animals are carnivores by nature and cannot consume anything but meat. Knowing this, every who owns a dog has a tendency to feed them a diet of meat and biscuits or regular dog food, . But does that mean that this is all they can eat, or even should eat if the issue is brought up? The rising price of meat makes it clear that we should try to find healthy alternatives or some other factors that contribute towards the health of our fur babies. Perhaps asparagus might be one of those better alternatives.

Even if money isn’t an issue in your case, it’s always worthwhile to look for the most balanced diet for your pet, because they need timely food as well. As it turns out, certain vegetables if prepared and cooked correctly can have tremendous health benefits for your little or big puppy.

 

What exactly is Asparagus?

If you are not the biggest fan of vegetables, and recently shifted to a vegetable oriented diet, it is evident that you might not be aware of the word or vegetable ‘asparagus’ per se. Asparagus has been enjoyed by different cultures for thousands of years and is a very common vegetable. The use of “sparrow grass”, the other name of asparagus, dates back to as far as 3000 BC in ancient Egypt where it was first eaten.

It was very popular among the Greeks, Romans, Spanish and Syrians for its delightful taste, texture and the health benefits and has been a popular vegetable for years. As a plant, this perennially green vegetable  is commonly known as a vegetable best during spring season and is best known as the ‘flowering part’ of the plant. The leaves and stems, which are ideally the parts we eat, ideally tend to grow in groups of up to 15 at once. These vegetables are best picked when they are ripe, which also means that it is when they are between 25 and 32 mm in length and size.

 

Ways in which you can feed asparagus to your dog

You might be questioning at this point that, ‘can dogs eat asparagus?’. The answer to that question is yes. However, the most common way that we eat asparagus is by grilling it in butter or cooking oil, with some seasonings on it like chilli flakes or pepper and most importantly, salt. We also never end up cutting up the asparagus into small pieces to eat, but probably bite into the whole chunk at once.

For dogs, this will come as a complete health hazard if they are fed asparagus in ways that humans eat it. It is important to add no seasoning and boil the asparagus, and cut it into small pieces for your dog.

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