Can Dogs Eat Black Beans Without and Harmful Effects?
I love having black beans.
I don’t know about you, but I like to occasionally cook Mexican food and black beans are my favorite ingredient—and my dog seems to just love them as well! He always begs when he smells black beans!
But, did you know that some items in your pantry are actually toxic for your four-legged friend?
So, that’s why I always encourage dog owners to look up foods before feeding them to their furry companion. After all, we all want our doggies to be safe, right?
In this blog post, I’ve got an answer for the question: ‘Can dogs eat black beans’?
Keep reading to find out!
Well, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the ASPCA, black beans are non-toxic to dogs.
This means that you can share this healthy snack with your doggy friend as well!
In fact, black beans are an amazing source of vitamin K, manganese, and vitamin C. Other than that, black beans are loaded with fiber and protein, which helps in regulating your dog’s blood sugar, strengthening the immune system, and burning fat.
You should also keep in mind that you should feed black beans to your doggy friend in moderation.
Well, that is because lentils and beans can potentially contain Phytohemagglutinin a lectin that is toxic in nature.
Now, over-feeding your dog with black beans won’t have any severe or life-threatening consequences. However, eating too much of black beans (or any food item for that matter) can lead to an upset stomach and gastrointestinal issues.
Keep in mind that your dog’s digestive system isn’t really made to digest a lot of plant-based foods.
So, it is natural for your doggy friend to experience an upset stomach after eating a ‘new’ food.
Doggies really enjoy black beans when they’re mixed with other foods that they like.
In fact, some dog foods also contain black beans!
However, you should avoid canned or raw beans and also black beans that are cooked in spices.
I recommend the following:
- Soaked overnight and cooked
- Mixed with meat, rice, and vegetables as a homemade dog food recipe
- On their own as a snack in small quantities
How do you determine the amount of black beans you should feed your dog?
Well, most Veterinarians would agree that ‘treats’ should make up only about 10% of a dog’s daily caloric intake.
So, this means that if your dog’s recommended daily caloric intake is 1200 kcal, then only 120 kcal of it should come from treats such as biscuits, cucumbers, olives, etc.
Obviously, the amount of treats you should feed your dog depends on the breed as well.
So, you can feed more black beans to your German Shepherd as compared to a Chihuahua.
Also keep in mind that whenever you feed your four-legged friend some new food, you should keep an eye on him to see whether or not he has an adverse reaction.
Black beans are totally safe for dogs to eat.
So, this means that your dog can also enjoy the healthy snack with you!
However, there are two things you should keep in mind:
- Never over-feed black beans to your dog because excess of a new food can cause stomach upset
- Make sure to not feed your dog canned black beans as they contain too much sodium
Let me know in the comments section if you’ve got any questions or still have doubts! I’ll answer them all as soon as possible!