Sharing your spinach with your dog doesn’t seem like a bad idea. However, before you do that, there are certain risks you should be aware of, even though spinach is considered safe for dogs.
Spinach contains several nutrients, including vitamins A, B, C, and K, which are beneficial to your dog’s health. “It also has iron, beta carotene, and roughage, which helps stimulate dogs’ digestive tract
,” Dr. Claudine Sievert, a veterinarian working with Stayyy, said.
According to Dr. Sievert, spinach is also good for your dog’s eyes and can provide lots of antioxidants. The magnesium in spinach can provide several health benefits to your dog, including boosting their immune system and increasing their metabolism.
Despite its health benefits, you need to be cautious about feeding your dog spinach. “It’s important to note that spinach is high in oxalic acid,” Dr. Ole Alcumbrac, a veterinarian at White Mountain Animal Hospital in Arizona, said. “This causes blocks to the body’s ability to absorb calcium and can lead to kidney damage.”
Small amounts of spinach added to your dog’s food are enough for them to enjoy the health benefits. “Adding 1–3 tablespoons of chopped spinach to their food boosts the fiber content and gives their food a huge nutrient boost.” Dr. Alcumbrac said.
Moderation is important when feeding your dog spinach. However, before introducing anything to your dog’s diet, talk to your veterinarian and get their approval.