If you enjoy eating beans and wonder whether your dog can join you in enjoying it, Dr. Claudine Sievert, a veterinarian at Stayyy, has provided an insightful answer on whether dogs can eat beans.
According to the vet, beans can be part of a healthy diet for dogs because of their rich fiber and protein content. “Dogs can have beans as a treat; however, they should never make up more than 10 percent of their daily calorie intake,” Dr. Sievert said.
There are varieties of beans you can feed your dog. They include Soybeans, Lima beans, Green beans, Black beans, Navy beans, and Edamame.
The first step to feeding your dog beans is to decide which of the varieties you want them to eat. Importantly, it would be best if you did not feed your dog canned beans “because they are high in sodium,” Dr. Sievert said. Dried beans are ideal because they don’t contain sodium or flavoring. However, cook them first without seasonings as your dog can’t digest raw beans.
Despite the nutritious value of beans, you should not use them as a meat substitute. According to Dr. Sievert, replacing meat with soybeans will deprive your dog of the necessary nutrients needed to remain healthy.
While your dog can eat beans every day, it is best to apply moderation, as excessive eating of beans will strain their digestive system and cause diarrhea.