The Broccoli is considered to be one of the most iconic images of a vegetable. Many people dislike this vegetable for being too bland, while many appreciates it for all the health benefits it could bring to the table. Therefore, it is often the go-to food for parents looking to feed their children a healthy diet.
How about our fur parents looking to feed their chihuahuas a healthy diet? Can Chihuahuas eat broccoli?
The simple answer to that question is, yes, chihuahuas can eat broccoli. However, it is important to remember that dogs are omnivores with a particular knack for meat as they are descendants of wolves. While they are able to eat both meats and vegetables, most of the time, they would prefer meat over vegetables.
Regardless, if your Chihuahua happens to have the appetite for vegetables, the broccoli is one of the best option because of all the health benefits it could bring!
In this article, we will discuss the nutritional value of broccoli along with the benefits this vegetable could have on your chihuahua’s health. Moreover, we will give you some tips on how to serve and incorporate broccoli to your chihuahuas diet, and lastly, we will discuss how much broccoli should a chihuahua eat and the inherent risks that come along with it.
Vitamins and Minerals from Broccoli
Fiber – Broccoli is good for your dog’s digestive system because it has a lot of fiber. This would make them get rid of the excess wastes in their stomach even easier. The problem with broccoli stems though is that it can make them more difficult to digest than the florets on top so trimming those off before giving it makes sure you’re delivering healthy nutrients right.
Vitamin C – Vitamin C is an important nutrient for maintaining the health of your dog. While their bodies produce some vitamin C naturally, it decreases as they age and may become insufficient because this powerful antioxidant isn’t stored in fat cells like other nutrients are – meaning more must be taken throughout life to prevent deficiency symptoms!
Vitamin K – The vitamin that keeps your dog active and healthy. Bone density decreases with age, reducing their mobility but Broccoli provides the highest amount of this essential mineral found in vegetables!
Moreover, broccolis also contain many other nutrients that are beneficial to your chihuahuas health such as anti-inflammatory agents, antioxidants, magnesium and phosphorus. Phosphorus is particularly important for dogs because this nutrient helps strengthen the bones and maintain the health of blood cells.
How to serve broccoli to your chihuahua?
Now that we know all the nutritional values of broccoli, one question remains. How do you serve broccoli to your chihuahuas? To be honest, there are multiple ways on how to serve broccoli to your chihuahua.
However, as a rule of thumb, you must make sure to wash the broccoli first to get rid of all the harmful organisms that might be present under the leaves.
After doing so, cut them in small portions so that it would be easier for them to chew on. You might also want to get rid of the mother stem altogether and slice up the broccoli head into small florets. Another rule of thumb is to cook them so that it would be easier for them to digest.
You could give broccolis to your chihuahua boiled or baked and then feeding them as a side dish. Not all dogs are fond of the strong taste of the broccoli so if ever your chihuahua doesn’t like it, it would be a good idea to mix the broccoli with their regular dog food. By doing this, you can cover up the strong taste of the broccoli while still feeding them a healthy meal!
Another way is by cutting the broccoli into tiny pieces and serving it as treats. Some chihuahuas absolutely adore the taste of these vegetables and would beg for more once they’ve tasted it!
How much broccoli you should feed your chihuahua?
While the broccoli is touted to be one of the healthiest vegetables, it should not replace your dog’s regular food. You should still feed them the recommended food prescribed by the veterinarian.
Broccoli should only be given as a side dish or as a treat. If you’re feeding them as a side dish, make sure that this should only represent 5-10% of their daily intake.
If you’re feeding them as treat, you can give them as much as they want but be sure to cut it into smaller pieces so that they won’t have problems ingesting and digesting it.
Inherent risks of feeding broccoli to your chihuahua
Broccolis are a choking hazard. If given in large portions, your chihuahua might choke on it. Make sure that the broccoli you will be giving is cut into small pieces and that you will feed it by hand instead of placing inside the bowl.
It is also a choking hazard if your chihuahua decides to eat the stem. Trim off the hard, outer layer of the stem before serving it to them or simply remove the stem completely.
There are some chihuahuas that are highly sensitive to the sugar content. This could lead to some digestive problems such as gas and bloating. These symptoms normally pose no serious risk but if your chihuahua is highly sensitive, it would be best to avoid feeding them broccoli. If they are fed too much of it, they might develop diarrhea that can prevent them from getting the nutrients that they need for their daily intake.
Too much broccoli could also cause indigestion. It is because the broccoli contains high amounts of fiber which could lead to bloating, abdominal pain and digestive problems. Make sure that you serve them baked or boiled to your chihuahua so that it would be easier for them to digest.
As a whole, it is safe and beneficial for chihuahuas to eat broccolis. They are an excellent source of nutrients, packed full of vitamins that promote strong immunity, healthy teeth and bones. They also contain anti-inflammatory agents, antioxidants, and minerals such as magnesium and phosphorus. These are all essential to maintaining good health for your chihuahua.
However, like all things, there are some inherent risks of feeding them broccoli. To avoid them make sure to thoroughly wash the broccoli, cut them into small portions, and cook them. Always remember to feed your chihuahua in moderation and in small portions so as not to cause digestive problems such as gas and bloating.