Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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Can Dogs Eat Beets?

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Anna Olson
Jun 29 ·

Can dogs eat beets? You may have wondered if this colorful root vegetable is safe for your dog to eat. If it’s healthy for you, is it healthy and safe for your dog?

The answer is yes, dogs can eat beets in moderation. You will want to be careful in preparing them, and monitor your dog after eating them. While allergies to beets in dogs are rare, they can still occur.

Let’s learn more about beets and how to make them safe for your dog to eat.

What Are Beets?

Beets, the vegetable, are the root portion of the beet plant. They are usually a dark red or purple color, but come in a variety of other colors, including yellow, orange, and red striped with white. Throughout the centuries, beetroots have been used as dyeing agents for clothing and other foods, including wines.

Beets were first cultivated in the Middle East. The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans grew and used them frequently. Beet plants also have edible leaves and stems, which are often incorporated into salads or cooked on their own.

can dogs eat beets

Nutritional Benefits Of Beets

Beets are not just a delicious vegetable. They contain amounts of necessary vitamins and minerals, including:

  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Fiber
  • Manganese
  • Potassium

These compounds offer the same benefits to your dog as they do to you. Vitamin C will help support their immune systems. Folate will support cell division and the formation of red blood cells. Fiber helps with digestion. Manganese helps in forming and strengthening connective tissue in your dog’s body. Finally, potassium is an important electrolyte, supporting fluid balance and muscle contractions.

Offering your dog beets on occasion will give them an extra helping of these important nutrients.

Preparing Beets For Your Dog

Feeding raw beets to your dog is not recommended. Once you’ve scrubbed, peeled, and cut up beets, you can saute, bake, steam, or dehydrate them. Make sure you cut them into bite-sized, manageable pieces to prevent choking or digestive blockage. You can even mash cooked beets like potatoes, making them even easier to eat. You can either offer them as a treat, or mix them in with your dog’s food.

If you cook anything for your dog, don’t season it. Seasonings like garlic and onions can be especially toxic to dogs, but even extra salt and pepper are not a great idea.

Like any new food, it’s best to start by offering small pieces in small amounts. Eating too much of a new fruit or vegetable can cause digestive upset in a dog. Look for symptoms like loose stools and vomiting. It’s a good idea to tell your vet whenever you offer your dog something new to eat.

Beet Allergies In Dogs

Even though beets help some dogs with skin inflammation and yeast infections, others may have a rare beet allergy. This is why it’s important to monitor your dog when they try beets for the first time.

If your dog is allergic to beets, you may see these symptoms:

  • Itching and hives
  • Swelling
  • Inflamed or red skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Sneezing

If you see any of these symptoms, contact your emergency veterinarian right away.

What About Pickled Beets?

If beets are ok for dogs, does that mean pickled beets are also a good snack? Unfortunately, no. It’s best to stick to fresh beets.

Pickling involves storing a vegetable in a brine, usually made of water, vinegar, salt, sugar, and other seasonings. The high amounts of salt and sugar in brine are not the best for dogs to eat regularly. Even though beets themselves are safe, pickle brines sometimes involve toxic seasonings like onions and garlic. Onion and garlic toxicity are serious conditions, and will require emergency veterinary attention.

Canned beets are often prepared and stored in sugary liquids, so these are best avoided, too.

Cooked Fresh Beets Are Safe For Dogs

Now you know whether dogs can eat beets. The answer is yes, beets are absolutely safe in moderation for dogs to eat. As long as you avoid canned or pickled beets, your dog can either have beets as a separate treat, or have them mixed into their dog food. Make sure to cook them without seasonings and cut them into small pieces or mash them.

You’ll want to serve beets in small amounts at first. Although they’re rare, dogs can have a beet allergy. Contact your vet about feeding your dog any new fruit or vegetable, even if they’re safe.

Some other vegetables for your dog…

Asparagus

Broccoli 

Avocado 

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Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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