How to Give Your Dog Spinach
Similar to any other new dog food, spinach is best added to your dog’s diet gradually over time. If you introduce spinach to your dog in large amounts at once, she may not adapt well to it. Even worse, she may fall ill due to digestive discomfort.When introducing spinach to your dog’s diet, start by incorporating it into familiar foods where it can be disguised. Watch your dog’s reaction to the new treat and if it is positive, you can increase the amount next time. If your dog is tolerating the incorporated spinach, consider giving it on its own to see if she will tolerate it as well. Again, start with small manageable amounts and work your way up slowly.
What Are the Side Effects of Giving My Dog Too Much Spinach?
Spinach contains high amounts of a substance known as oxalic acid. In small amounts, the kidneys can get rid of it. However, when you or your dog take in too much like you would if you ate spinach every day, it stays in the blood and results in negative health issues.
Spinach Nutrition Facts
Below is the nutrition information for 100 grams of raw spinach according to the USDA:
How much spinach can you give a dog?
Spinach: good for you, good for your pet… right? With any vegetable, it’s important to consider all the aspects of how it will impact your dog.
Dogs, naturally, are carnivorous – so even though dogs may not need vegetables in their diets, they can be used as a supplement to a meat-based diet.
With many potential benefits, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you agree with feeding your dog spinach.