Can Dogs Eat Beets Safely?

human hand holding unwashed beetroot above a dog.

As with garlic, beets are most often found to be a staple in the kitchen. They’re the last item you have to worry about going out of date before you choose to serve them for dinnertime. You think they’re delicious and you can’t help but wonder if your dog will think the same. But wait, are these veggies acceptable for your canine to eat? This is a common question that many pet owners ask. You would never want to give your dog food that is anything but good for him. You came to the right place.

You know all of the health benefits humans gain from regular beet consumption. You probably couldn’t go to bed as a child until you finished them. For us humans, it’s hard to beat beets. They keep blood pressure in check, fight inflammation, help you lose weight, and have anti-cancer properties. Do they have the same benefits for your dog? If you’re curious about whether or not you should feed your dog beets then you came to the right place.

Like beans, your dog is also in the clear to eat beets. The good news every dog owner wants to hear is that beets aren’t toxic to your canine. Feeding your dog beets has a few perks of its own. You could be doing your dog a favor by sharing with him. However, as with the majority of human foods, beets are best served to your dog in moderation.

Closeup of Fresh Red Beet Juice

Unlike humans, dogs don’t get much benefit from eating beets.

The Health Benefits of Beets

Though beets aren’t toxic to your dog, the health benefits of serving them to him are few and far between. Just because beets won’t hurt your pooch doesn’t mean they will help him either. The upside to feeding your dog beets is that they are loaded with vitamins and minerals. For example, a simple serving will add vitamin C, fiber, folate, manganese, and potassium to your dog’s current diet. 

The vitamins and minerals that are in beets will strengthen your dog’s digestive system and boost his immune system. This will make both you and your dog feel great. Additionally, beets offer your dog some other health benefits as well. They are as follows:

  • Beets help detoxify the body
  • Beets have anti-cancer properties
  • Beets fight inflammation

Beets Help Detoxify the Body

If your dog has found himself eating something he shouldn’t have such as ham bones, feeding him beets may be a solid option. This is because beets boost detoxification. Beets aid in neutralizing toxins and ridding them from your dog’s body. They literally push toxins out. 

Beets Have Anti-Cancer Properties

This is what dog owners love to hear. No one wants to experience their canine having cancer. Luckily, this is one thing beets do for humans that they can also do for your dog. Beets can do this because they contain unique properties. For example, beets come loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants. Similar to detoxifying the body, they help fight off radicals that cause cancer.

Beets Fight Inflammation

This is yet another thing beets do for us that can translate over to our dog. One of the defining characteristics of beets is that they can fight and reduce inflammation. Beets contain anti-inflammatory qualities that can help reduce the risk of arthritis and atherosclerosis–the hardening of the arteries. Now that we’ve discussed the health benefits of serving your dog beets, let’s talk about how you should serve them.

Ideas For Serving Your Dog Beets

There are many ways you can prepare to serve your dog beets. No one way is better than the other. For starters, you could cook and mash them to be served as an occasional treat. Just make sure it’s occasional. If that doesn’t suit you, you could also add them to a good source of protein. Dogs will enjoy the extra meat. You could also shred them and throw them on top of your dog’s normal dinner. Despite the numerous health benefits serving your dog beets can accomplish, they also come with potential hazards.

Potential Risks of Beets

These aren’t common but that doesn’t mean they can’t happen. Accidents occur all the time. If anything, these are just things to look out for.

Man pulls object out of dog's mouth.

If you suspect your dog is choking, examine its mouth, pull the tongue forward, and remove the foreign object if possible.

Possible Choking Hazard

Feeding your dog beets presents a potential choking hazard. These same chunks could also cause the small intestine to become obstructed. To avoid this, always remember to chop them up and cook them first. This will make the beets smaller and more tender. This will help your dog get them down with no problems.

Beets Can Be Messy

Feeding your dog beets may make bathtime come sooner than expected. This is due to the dye that beets possess. This dye can get caught in your dog’s hair and may even end up on your sofa. At the same time, it can make its way into your dog’s stool. This isn’t a problem but can certainly stress you out.

The Biggest Downside: Health Problems

If fed more than moderately, beets can present certain health problems to your canine. For example, beets could cause issues for dogs who are predisposed to bladder and kidney stones. This is because they have a high content of oxalates. 

Beets are also known to be very acidic. This can cause gastrointestinal problems and may be the reason your pooch has diarrhea. The truth is that despite the few health benefits beets can have on your dog, there are better alternatives. Beets can be a pain to prepare for your dog and you really don’t need to go out of your way to do so.

Everything About Beets in a Nutshell

As pet owners, we all want our dogs to be able to enjoy food the same way we do. It can be a challenge to finally find food that is fine for our dog to eat. It can be confusing and frustrating. Luckily, beets are perfectly safe for your dog to eat. You may not be doing him any favors but you certainly aren’t hurting him either.

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Sarah Brady

Sarah Brady is an animal lover and the proud dog-mom of a Golden Retriever named Brody and an Italian Greyhound named Jessup. Unfortunately, Jessup developed serious allergies to many different types of dog foods and ingredients when she was just a puppy. Meanwhile, Brody could eat seemingly anything and carry on as healthy as could be. Sarah spent hours of time researching and testing different foods and brands before finding something that worked for little Jessup. She wants Dog Food Care to simplify this experience for future dog-parents who face food allergy or tolerance issues of their own.