Can Dogs Eat Brussels Sprouts? (Raw Or Cooked)

Can Dogs Eat Brussels Sprouts? Photo of a dog with a bowl of Brussels sprouts in from of him.

If you’ve got a thing for brussels sprouts, you might be thinking about giving your dog a few just to spice up their diet. If you’re wondering if dogs can eat them, here’s all you need to know!

Dogs can eat brussels sprouts since they are full of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins that will help supplement your dog’s diet. However, even small amounts of brussels sprouts will cause a severe case of flatulence and even diarrhea!

So, while they might be a great addition to a dog’s diet, humans often will end up paying for it in a very…fragrant way.

Are brussels sprouts bad for dogs?

Not at all! Brussels sprouts are actually very good for dogs when looking at their nutritional profile (same as with humans, actually). Active ingredients that will help your dog feel better include:

  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamins A, C, B1, and B6
  • Antioxidants
  • Dietary fiber

Vitamin K

This is a powerhouse as far as vitamins are concerned, It will help keep blood clotting at a standard rate, and it will also help promote strong bones and increase your dog’s heart health too. 

Vitamins A, C, B1, and B6

A nice blend of your normal vitamins means that your dog’s entire system and body are going to feel a whole lot better!

This is great in the case that our dog’s regular diet is lacking, too, in those minerals and vitamins.

Antioxidants

The rich amount of antioxidants in these little green veggies will help reduce any inflammation in your dog, and they will also help enhance blood circulation.

Dietary fiber

This unique fiber will help regulate your dog’s bowel movement. Great for softening it and adding weight to it, it’s easier for dogs to go to the bathroom when they need to!

However, this also comes with a bit of a runny side effect….more on that in a bit!

Can puppies eat brussels sprouts?

It’s not a good idea to feed your puppy brussels sprouts! This is mainly because a portion for an adult dog is going to be 1 brussels sprout. So, a puppy would have less, which means that any side effects will be much stronger.

If you want to try feeding your puppy this nutritious veggie, ask your vet first and only give literally 1 leaf at a time!

Do brussels sprouts make dogs fart?

Yes. Like, a lot. Even a tiny amount of brussels sprouts can cause your dog’s digestive system to make a serious move around.

This is due to the active ingredients in brussels sprouts, called isothiocyanate. This is a powerful ingredient for strengthening your intestinal tract’s muscles. It means that the intestines will push out stool much faster, which means plenty of flatulence and even diarrhea!

Portioning becomes key for any pet parent who wants to avoid gas as much as possible.

Pros and Cons of Feeding Your Dog Brussels Sprouts

There are serious pros and equally serious cons to consider when it comes to your dog possibly eating brussels sprouts. Here they are for you.

Pros

  • They have a great nutritional profile
  • Your dog loves them
  • They can be an excellent supplement for their diet

Cons

  • Even small portions cause gas and diarrhea
  • They have to be cooked a very particular way for dogs

Regardless of which you deem to be more important, these pros and cons should all be taken seriously!

As well, you’ll want to check with your vet first, as some dogs can have an allergy to brussels sprouts or have a predisposition to a sensitive stomach!

Can dogs have cooked brussels sprouts?

Brussels sprouts that have been cooked are the best way for dogs to eat them! Specifically, steamed, as that locks in the nutritional profile for dogs (and humans).

When you steam them, though, don’t add any seasonings or sauces. Dogs should only eat plain, cooked brussels sprouts.

Can dogs eat raw brussels sprouts stalks?

No, dogs shouldn’t eat raw brussels sprouts, stalks, leaves, or even brussels sprouts themselves.

Eating any of these raw is going to be too hard on your dog’s stomach and will lead to some serious digestion issues.

Can dogs eat brussels sprout leaves?

Yes, your dog can eat brussels sprouts leaves, but make sure they aren’t brown or wilted. Only fresh green ones should be fed, cooked.

Make sure you watch the portion, too, as they shouldn’t have more in leaves as they would in actual brussels sprouts!

How to cook and serve brussels sprouts for a dog

If you’re looking forward to cooking and serving brussels sprouts for your dog, then you are in luck! We’ve got a section all about it, and it will help you find just the right way for your dog to enjoy this delicious veggie.

Cooking technique

As we’ve mentioned, steaming is the best way to make sure that you cook brussels sprouts, stalks, and leaves fully yet still keep in their nutritional profile.

Alternatively, you can boil them, but they will lose most of their nutrition, so it’s best to steam them!

Portioning

We’ve said this already, too, but it’s essential!

One single brussel sprout at a time is a healthy portion for a dog. If he gets more than that, he’ll have really strong and smelly flatulence, as well as a struggle with diarrhea. If your dog is very young, a senior, or very tiny, you’ll want to halve or even quarter this portion size.

Brussel sprouts are very strong foods for a dog’s digestive tract, so make sure you take this one part very seriously. Otherwise, your dog’s flatulence might just end up with you escaping outside! Less is more!

A dog-happy alternative

If you’re especially worried about portioning and you want to help your dog enjoy them, you can peel off a few leaves of the brussels sprout (cooked) and then garnish it on their food. It’s an easy way to help them enjoy the health benefits with as few side effects as possible!

While very nutritious, Brussel sprouts can cause serious, smelly digestive problems, so feed them carefully to your dog!

Conclusion

Brussel sprouts are safe and very nutritious for your dog, but they can cause especially smelly flatulence and diarrhea even in small servings!

Know someone who wants to feed their dog this delicious veggie? Please share this with them and save them from a smelly night!

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