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 Eggplant?

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Anna Olson
Jul 9 ·

Can dogs eat eggplant? If you’re looking for safe vegetables for your dog to enjoy, you might have come across eggplant, also called aubergine. Is eggplant safe for your dog to eat?

The answer is yes, eggplant is safe for most dogs to eat in moderation. As always, when offering your dog a new food, you should monitor for signs of digestive upset or an allergic reaction. Since eggplant can worsen symptoms for dogs with kidney issues or arthritis, you should avoid feeding it to them if your dog has these conditions.

Let’s find out more about eggplant and how to keep it safe and tasty for your pup.

can dogs eat eggplant

What Is Eggplant?

Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family of plants. It’s related to potatoes, tomatoes, and chili peppers. It’s a staple in many cuisines, including Southeast Asian, Italian, and Middle Eastern. Humans have cultivated eggplants since before written history, and it’s grown throughout the Old World.

Even though eggplant has low nutritional levels of macro and micronutrients, it still offers some benefits to you and your pooch.

The Benefits of Eggplant

Along with being low in calories but high in fiber, eggplant has these vital nutrients:

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin K
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Niacin
  • Phytonutrients

Vitamin B6 has many benefits for dogs, including support for red blood cell production, protein synthesis, and fat absorption. Your dog needs vitamin K to support healthy blood clotting. Folate (folic acid) is great for DNA synthesis, red blood cell production, and is especially necessary for pregnant dogs. Potassium, a necessary electrolyte, supports the electricity which powers your dog’s heart, muscles, and nerve cells. Niacin supports your dog’s metabolism. Phytonutrients, found in many plant-based foods, help support your dog’s immune system.

Alongside these benefits of eggplant are some risks, especially for dogs with specific health conditions. We’ll list them below.

Can Dogs Eat Eggplant? The Risks

As mentioned, eggplant makes symptoms of kidney issues and arthritis worse for dogs. If your dog has these conditions, it’s best to avoid offering them eggplant. Eggplant also has some calcium oxalates, which can cause bladder or kidney stones in large amounts. If your dog is prone to getting stones, it’s best to avoid eggplant, along with veggies like spinach, kale, beet greens, and collard greens.

If your dog is allergic to eggplant, they may develop a rash, or suffer from vomiting or diarrhea if they eat it. This is why it’s best to only offer a small amount and monitor your dog for these symptoms. Contact your vet if you see any signs of an allergic reaction.

Since eggplants are part of the nightshade family, they naturally contain solanine. Solanine is toxic in large amounts for dogs. This is another reason why you should limit the amount of eggplant your dog eats. Eggplants normally have large amounts of solanine in their leaves. If you’re growing eggplant in your garden, protect the plant and its leaves from your dog.

Preparing Eggplant For Your Dog

Most dogs won’t like the flavor of raw eggplant. Roasting, grilling, and baking are all good cooking methods. They will soften and flavor the eggplant. Do not season eggplant you’re offering to your dog, as most seasonings are toxic. This especially applies to garlic and onion, which are toxic for dogs in any form.

As with any food, cut the eggplant into manageable-sized pieces. This will help prevent any choking or digestive blockage.

If this is the first time you’re offering eggplant to your dog, make sure to only offer them a small amount. Along with a potential allergic reaction, keep an eye out for symptoms of digestive upset. Too much of any new food at once may cause loose stools, vomiting, or nausea. It’s best to talk to your vet before offering your dog anything new to eat.

Dogs Can Eat Eggplant In Moderation

Most dogs can eat small amounts of unseasoned eggplants. The exceptions are if your dog has an eggplant allergy, kidney issues, or arthritis. If your dog tends to develop bladder or kidney stones, eggplant isn’t the best for them, either. You can prepare eggplant for your dog by grilling, roasting, or baking it without seasonings. Make sure to cut the eggplant into bite-sized pieces. Start with a small amount and watch for symptoms of digestive upset or an allergic reaction. Don’t feed your dog too much eggplant at once.

It’s always a great idea to contact your veterinarian, or a certified pet nutritionist, to find out whether eggplant is right for your dog.

Some other similar info on vegetables for dogs…

Brussel Sprouts

Carrots

Celery

Garlic 

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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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