Can Dogs Eat Cucumbers?
Crisp. Crunchy. Canine food?
If you’re wondering if your dog can enjoy a tasty cucumber at your next summer barbeque, the short answer is: yes — as long as it’s in moderation and part of a well-balanced diet.
Are cucumbers good for my dog?
Just like veggies are a nutritious, low-calorie snack for people, they’re also a great snack option for dogs, particularly if you’re trying to provide your dog with healthy alternatives to higher-calories, more fattening treats to manage his or her weight.
Because cucumbers are over 95% water, they’re also a good choice for your dog in hot summer months, when he or she might need a little extra hydration. Not all dogs are interested in vegetables, but if your furry friend is intrigued, it could be a good treat to try.
How to feed cucumbers to your dog
When considering whether your dog should eat cucumbers, there are two key things to watch out for: overconsumption and potential choking.
The most important thing you need to do when feeding your dog cucumbers is to make sure you cut it into small pieces first. You definitely do not want to feed your dog a whole cucumber, since that could be a choking hazard, especially if your dog is prone to eating his food or treats quickly.
You should also be careful not to overfeed your dog cucumbers as it can cause gastrointestinal distress when fed in high quantities. Because dogs are carnivores, their need for fruit and vegetables is different from humans who are built to eat more of them. That’s why it’s so important to choose a well-balanced, scientifically formulated dog food that contains the right minerals, vitamins, fats and proteins your dog’s needs, without providing too many of the ingredients he doesn’t. That way, your dog will be getting the health benefits of veggies without any of the stomach distress.
When treating your dog to cucumbers (or any other treats), it’s a good idea to follow the 10% rule: only around 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake should come from treats or snacks. While cucumbers can be a healthy occasional treat for your furry friend, nothing can replace an overall well-balanced, scientifically formulated diet.