Can Dogs Eat Peas?

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Peas come in many varieties and all are filled to the brim with rich nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. For humans, they are a staple of our diet, especially during the spring season! And, of course, the rule is that if we eat it – our dogs will want to as well. So, you might be wondering, can you give your dog some peas? The answer is yes – yes you can. As far as peas go, there is no reason why you shouldn’t include some in your dog’s next meal.

Whether it’s English peas, garden peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas, or just regular green peas, it is OK to give them to your dog. In most cases, peas are a great source of many important vitamins, mainly A, B, and K. Moreover, they are packed full of minerals such as zinc, iron, magnesium, and potassium. All of these contribute to good and stable health for your dog. Peas are also high in proteins, and importantly – in fiber. Fiber is great for keeping a healthy digestive tract and needs to be consumed regularly. 

Lutein is another component of peas and another great benefit for canines. This major antioxidant is great for keeping healthy skin, eyes, and heart, and is not commonly found in many other veggies. Dogs can also eat pea pods – in certain cases. Usually, if you eat the pod, so can your dog. Garden green peas will need to be removed though. 

Still, there are exceptions when peas are considered. Canned peas should be avoided, and can be bad for dogs. This is due to the fact that they contain many additives, sugars, and high levels of sodium – all of which are harmful to dogs. Another bad aspect of peas (but not major) is purine. This chemical compound is a natural part of peas but can be harmful to dogs with kidney problems. This is due to the fact that purine produces a certain uric acid, which is filtered through the kidneys. Too much of it – and the risk of kidney stones and issues increases.

 All in all, peas are a great and healthy food that your dogs can enjoy as well. Good and beneficial veggies should be found regularly in your dog’s food bowl, in order to maintain that healthy immune system and to provide a balanced intake of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. Just make sure to avoid commercially canned peas with added sodium, and to know beforehand which veggies are safe to give to dogs.