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We all want to take the best care of our dogs as possible, and that means making sure they are getting all the minerals and vitamins they need to stay healthy.
As we are getting into fall weather, lots of people want to know if leftover vegetable soup is okay for dogs, whether it’s store-bought or homemade soup.
We are going to dive into whether dogs can eat vegetable soup and what kinds of vegetables are safe to feed your dog.
Please make sure you check with your veterinarian before feeding your dog any new foods.
Can Dogs Eat Vegetable Soup
The quick answer is yes, it’s safe for dogs to eat vegetable soup. However, there are vegetables, spices, and herbs that are not safe and can be toxic to dogs.
It’s probably best to stay away from feeding your dog canned vegetable soups and have them eat homemade vegetable soup that you know is good for dogs.
Avoid giving your dog store-bought soups that are made for humans.
What Vegetables Are Safe For Dogs
There are a lot of vegetables that you can give your dog.
You always want to make sure that you wash the veggies and cut them into small pieces.
Remove any seeds, pits, stems, leaves, cores, or anything else that could be a choking hazard.
Also be sure that you aren’t adding any salt, pepper, or other spices to the food.
Here are some of the best vegetables that dogs love.
- Green beans
- Bell Peppers (any color)
- Celery (make sure you de-string it first)
- Sweet Potatoes (peel and cook first)
Here are some vegetables that are okay for dogs to eat, but you would want to keep them in small quantities because they can cause bloating and pretty stinky gas!
- Brussel Sprouts
Vegetables Dogs Should Avoid
Some veggies can cause your dog to have digestive issues and can even be toxic to dogs. Here are some vegetables that you would want to steer clear of that would be dangerous for dogs.
-Tomatoes – While the flesh of the tomatoes is not bad for dogs, the stems and leaves are toxic for them.
-Mushrooms – while it might be okay for your dog to have white mushrooms that you get at the grocery store, make sure they stay away from any wild mushrooms as they are not healthy for dogs.
-Onions – along with chives and leeks, onions are toxic to dogs. They can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and possibly rupture red blood cells.*
-Garlic – like onions, chives, and leeks, Garlic is part of the Allium family that is dangerous for dogs.*
*Please remember that this includes onion and garlic powders. You shouldn’t give onions or garlic in any form to dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Canned Vegetable Soup
One of the main reasons you would not want to give your dog canned vegetable soup is because of the salt content.
Also, many canned soups have a lot of spices and herbs that can be harmful to dogs.
Another reason you would not want to feed your dog canned soup is the fat content that the canned soup contains.
If you want your dog to enjoy a treat of vegetable soup that won’t make your dog sick, you’ll want to make it yourself.
How Do You Make Vegetable Soup For Dogs
It’s really easy to make a soup for your dog. You don’t need to follow a specific soup recipe.
You can start with just a water base, or a low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth.
Heat that up while you are cutting your vegetables into small, bite-size pieces.
Cook the vegetables in the water or broth until they are tender and easy to chew. Wait for it to cool a bit before you let your dog enjoy the soup.
Remember to offer your dog vegetable soup in moderation as it should not be the main dog food your dog consumes. It should also be a soup without any spices or herbs.
As always, check with your veterinarian before giving your dog new foods or if you are at all concerned about what is safe for your dog to have.
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