Can Dogs Eat Artichokes? What Are The Dangers?

Written by Marisa Wilson
Published: September 16, 2022
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Artichokes are a part of the thistle family. You may have had pasta dishes that included it or one of those delicious dips restaurants serve. Artichokes are great for humans, and if you keep them around, you may wonder if it’s safe for your dog to eat. Even if you’re not a fan, you may be a dog owner who loves your pup so much you want to know the various foods safe for your pup. 

It’s common for dog owners to try to keep their dogs’ healthy snacks available, and it’s easy to understand why. Dogs are amazing, and humans love to show them just how great they are with special healthy treats. Dogs can eat artichokes, and they offer a few benefits that make them a tasty treat. However, there are some risks to them that a pet owner should be aware of when feeding them. 

How should you prepare them for your dog? What should be avoided? There are several other questions along with these that you may have. Fortunately, this article will cover everything you may need to know about preparing and feeding your dog’s artichokes. So grab some chips for your dip, and let’s snack through the facts about dogs eating artichokes!

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Benefits of Artichokes for Dogs

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Artichokes can be a beneficial treat for dogs, as they have almost no fat and no cholesterol.

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There is almost no fat and no cholesterol in artichokes. It’s essential to be aware of high fat and cholesterol in a pet’s diet, especially in dogs that struggle with being overweight or have a history of pancreatitis. It offers other benefits like antioxidants which boost the immune system and eliminate free radicals from the bloodstream. Along with fiber, vitamin C, and B vitamins, this snack packs a healthy punch for any pet’s diet.

Fiber

Like humans, fiber is a fantastic resource for a dog’s digestive system. The helpful bacteria in your dog’s colon frequently digest fiber into fatty acids. The colon can heal from injuries thanks to this fatty acid, which also aids in preventing the growth of any harmful bacteria. 

Fiber helps speed up the elimination process. Because it also helps lower the exposure to any carcinogens your dog has taken, fiber might help reduce the chances of colon cancer occurring in dogs. It should be no surprise that fiber can also lessen your dog’s symptoms of constipation and diarrhea.

Vitamin C and B Vitamins 

Your dog’s body naturally produces this vitamin, but dogs can often benefit from some in their diet. The vitamin is an antioxidant to shield the body from free radicals, supplying the essential elements for developing muscles, cartilage, and collagen. 

Free radicals are potentially dangerous molecules affecting DNA or cells, leading to major future issues. One of the B vitamins, Niacin, is in artichokes. Niacin is essential for the proper metabolic process! It is in charge of converting the dog’s food into a form that his body can utilize for energy production.

Risks of Feeding Artichokes to Your Dog

Please consult your veterinarian before adding any human foods to your dog’s diet to ensure it’s safe because some human foods might make dogs respond poorly. You never know if they can cause adverse effects like an allergic reaction. If your dog gets into any new food and has swelling, trouble breathing, or itching, 

it could be an allergic reaction. If that happens, get in contact with their vet immediately. Every component of an artichoke, including the hearts, stem, and leaves, can be fed to your dog. The major problem is that artichokes can cause choking, especially in little dogs. 

The high fiber content of artichoke leaves makes them difficult to digest. They may obstruct your dog’s windpipe or digestive tract, which poses serious health hazards. You can avoid that significant risk by offering your dog artichokes in bite-sized pieces. In smaller dogs, you can avoid giving them the leaves to be even safer. 

How to Feed Artichokes Safely

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Dogs can eat artichokes, and they offer a few benefits that make them a tasty treat.

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You can mix chopped-up artichoke with their food or see if they’ll eat it plain. It’s not everyone’s favorite, so it might not be for your pup, either. Sometimes dogs can surprise us! Both raw and cooked artichokes are edible to your dog. In actuality, raw artichokes offer more nutritional value than cooked ones. Your dog might prefer raw artichokes since they are more flavorful than cooked ones and have higher flavor retention. 

Roasting the artichokes is an excellent choice if you decide to cook them. Artichokes for your dog shouldn’t be seasoned because some seasonings, such as garlic and onion powder, are poisonous to dogs. Cut the artichoke into small pieces to prevent your pup from choking. Dogs can safely eat artichokes when they are raw or cooked, but you shouldn’t give your pet canned artichokes. 

The other ingredients, like salt and vinegar, are delicious for humans but not recommended for dogs to eat. The amount of artichokes to feed your dog depends on the size. Big dogs eat more than small dogs. You want to count artichokes as a snack. Your dog should only have ten percent of their diet consist of snacks. 

Conclusion

To people who don’t own dogs, it may seem silly that dog owners check to see what is safe for their dogs to eat. Dog owners want to ensure their pup is taken care of well—that is why there’s great information about dogs eating human food. Artichokes make an excellent treat for dogs in moderation. Feeding your dog too much can cause them to fill up and not eat their dog food

While artichoke is safe, it doesn’t have all the nutrients a dog needs and should never be fed in place of a full meal. You can provide it to them cooked without any seasonings or oils. Raw artichoke is safe to and holds more nutrition than cooked. Check with your doggies vet before trying any new foods like artichokes in your pet’s diet just to be safe. 

In small dogs, it may be better to avoid the leaves. Now that you learned everything about artichokes share this post with someone who understands the importance of what dogs should eat. They will thank you, and so will their pup. Check out the fascinating articles linked below that has more insight about dogs eating human foods.

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Creepy-crawly creatures enthrall Marisa. Aside from raising caterpillars, she has a collection of spiders as pets. The brown recluse is her favorite spider of all time. They're just misunderstood. You don't have to worry about squishing the creatures as her catching, and relocating abilities can safely move stray centipedes or snakes to a new location that's not your living room.

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