Yes, yes, YES!
Peas are a great addition to your dog’s diet.
A healthy and nutritious food source which makes them a fantastic snack, meal topper and training tool.
They’re packed full of fibre, protein, vitamins A, C, K, and B1 (thiamine), lutein, manganese, phosphorous, iron, and folic acid.
“Errrm okay Sarah, but what does this actually mean for my pooch?”
- digestion health (fibre)
- muscle health (protein)
- skin and sight health (Vit A and lutein)
- reduces inflammation and cognitive aging (Vit C and B1)
- helps regulate blood, red blood cell production, and to carry oxygen round the body (Vit K, folic acid, and iron)
- bone health (manganese and phosphorus)
So yeah, these little green delights pack a powerful nutritional punch.
Are all peas okay?
Pretty much. Basically, whatever peas you eat, your dog can eat too. But there are a few things you need to be aware of first…
1. Starting with the most important, if your dog has any kind of kidney related issue, don’t feed him peas.
Peas contain purines which are a naturally occurring chemical compound that produces uric acid. However, uric acid is filtered through the kidneys. So, if your dog has kidney problems, meaning they aren’t functioning as they should, his kidneys won’t be able to filter the uric acid effectively which can lead to kidney stones.
2. The second point relates to the pea pod. Certain pea pods can’t be eaten at all, and some can but may not be easily digestible for your furry friend.
- Garden peas must be deshelled. Just as we wouldn’t eat them in their pod, neither should your pooch.
- Sugar snap peas and snow peas pods are edible, albeit highly fibrous so may not be easily digested. But you can certainly try them, just keep a close eye on him whilst he eats, some dogs find the shell difficult to swallow and it may end up getting stuck in his throat.
3. Avoid canned peas and some frozen peas. On the latter, as long as they’re natural with zero added sodium they’re fine to give your pooch, and can be a delicious treat on a hot day. Canned peas, however, always tend to have added salt so leave them on the shelf and opt for fresh instead.
4. The final point, as with any food type, feed in moderation. Peas are high in fibre which could cause gas and bloating in your furry friend – certainly an uncomfortable, possibly painful feeling for him, and potentially a smelly situation for you!
And lastly, whilst peas are a healthy food source and a great treat, please remember to consult your vet or canine nutritionist before making any significant changes to your dog’s diet, or if you’re unsure if he has any pre-existing health conditions, such as kidney problems.
Have you tried adding peas to your dog’s diet? Or do you have any other healthy treats your pooch loves? Share them below!