Cooking for our dog or sharing some of our dish with him is a way to show him our love. For this reason knowing what he can eat is essential, in this case we will answer the question if dogs can eat chickpeas.
Can dogs eat chickpeas?
The answer is yes! Dogs can eat chickpeas.
Chickpeas are rich in fiber, are a great source of protein and are full of nutrients, which helps dogs feel satisfied quickly and longer.
However, you should moderate the amount of chickpeas your dog can eat as large amounts can be difficult for him to digest. They may also cause gas, so add them to his diet gradually.
You can offer chickpeas twice a week, which makes Fido’s meals less “boring”.
Benefits of chickpeas for dogs
Besides being a source of fiber and protein they also contain the following nutrients:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B6
Adding chickpeas to your dog’s diet will reduce constipation and anal gland problems, and help prevent cancer by helping the liver detoxify cancer-causing agents.
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How to give chickpeas to your dog?
Cook them well before giving them to your dog, don’t add any kind of seasoning and don’t offer them hot, they must be soft so that your dog can digest them easily.
You can offer mashed chickpeas, whole, mixed with an animal protein and vegetables, as a puree or substitute normal flour for chickpea flour in the recipes.
You can use them as one more ingredient in their daily food, trying not to exceed 10% of the total recipe.
Avoid giving chickpea hummus or canned chickpeas as these contain preservatives harmful to dogs as well as foods harmful to them such as garlic, onion or lemon juice.
Also, keep in mind that if your dog is prone to gas or has a sensitive stomach, this may not be a good idea, as the amount of fiber in the chickpeas may be a problem instead of helping.
Dogs can eat chickpeas!
Chickpeas have many nutrients and benefits for dogs, but, as with all human foods, they should be added to their diet gradually and in moderation to avoid health problems.
A dog’s diet should always be based on animal protein.
If your dog does not like chickpeas, do not force it, remember that there are many more natural foods that your dog can eat and enjoy safely.