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Two things I never thought would go together – dogs and celery! But come to find out there are plenty of crunchy good reasons why they should. The Boys snack on lot’s of good veggies for dogs, now we get to add celery to that list.


Bad breath brought me to my celery search.

For two years Jaxson enjoyed eating his human grade prepared foods, it was good to him and for him – however, there wasn’t much of a “crunch” to it. Now we have a little tartar build up on our “eye teeth” that we must tend to. Most recently I’ve smelt some serious halitosis, and those days it’s been tough to cuddle LOL…

Need my military gas mask with this one here….

Someone told me “celery” was an excellent way to combat bad breath in dogs so I decided to look into it.

While there are many commercial treats and chews out there to help with dog dental hygiene, I wanted a more natural approach. I always knew about carrots – but raw carrots do not interest my Doods #atall


According to all the experts (to include Doodle Doc) – YES – dogs can eat celery. But you need to know how to feed celery to your dog – before you go for the taste test. 

  • Do not feed your dog whole stalks of celery, because the long, fibrous strands can get caught in their teeth, wrap around the tongue, or cause intestinal problems.
  • Feed your dog celery cut into slices or small chunks that can’t get caught in the throat—large pieces can be a choking hazard, especially for enthusiastic eaters.
  • Wash celery thoroughly before feeding to reduce chemical contamination, and avoid feeding your dog the celery leaves, which often contain the highest levels of pesticides.

If your vet believes celery is a beneficial snack for your pup –

  • sprinkle a few small pieces in with their meals
  • freeze small pieces for a cold hydrating snack on a hot day.


Dogs can eat raw or cooked celery. Whether you choose to feed your dog raw celery or cooked celery depends on what you’re hoping to get out of feeding this vegetable to your dog. Because dogs can’t digest raw vegetables as well as people can, your dog won’t be able to absorb many nutrients from whole, raw celery. If you wish your dog to absorb the vitamins and minerals, you can feed cooked celery or you can crush raw celery in a blender or even juice celery in a juicer and pour the liquid over your dog’s regular food. If you are looking to use celery as a low-calorie, crunchy snack that might help freshen your dog’s breath, then feed him whole, raw celery. Raw celery can be a good snack for dogs that are dieting as it contains far fewer calories than more chews and other treats. 



To consume? Yes. But as in all things there is a risk of feeding celery to dogs Celery can pose a choking hazard – especially for small dogs. As big as Jaxson is, he gets super small bite-sized pieces and he eats them in front of me. I usually give it to him when we’re sitting on the front porch and he gets all of my attention as he chews.

I wash the celery thoroughly, peel the strands/strings off, chop into small pieces and serve…


Stay tuned on that one. Haven’t been giving it to him that often yet. I’d like to try it for about a month and get back to you. In the meantime, I found a really quick and easy recipe by The Produce Moms for Celery and Peanut Butter Pupsicles using only three ingredients…

Check it out! They even have a Minty Fresh Breath Dog Treat recipe I may try also…


Definitely not “his thing.” If looks could kill…

The greatest wealth is health ❤️

Thanks for reading…

  • Madison
    January 27, 2021

    Interesting. We never thought about eating celery. None of us are big into veggies, so I’m not sure we would eat it, but next time Mom has some, we may give it a try. Thanks for the tip!

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 28, 2021

      Check it out – it’s either going to be a BIG hit or a BIG bomb….

  • Tails Around the Ranch
    January 27, 2021

    None of my dogs have ever noshed on celery…can you say turned up noses? I found that curly leaf parsley is also a good addition for dog breath. It provides an array of vitamins and minerals that can help with immunity, vision, and kidney health, is rich in antioxidants that protect against free-radical damage, helps relieve swelling and pain from arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, and soothe upset stomach and digestive problems.

    P.S. That mask image is just hilarious! I thought maybe it might have been required for work in the hospital. Stay safe, sane and keep smiling.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 28, 2021

      HA! – the mask was when we took a few of the therapy dogs to the airforce base during one of their de-stressing events. They took us on a tour….

  • Jan K
    February 7, 2021

    We’ve tried, but Luke won’t eat celery. Luckily he loves carrots so we give him a chunk daily (when I can remember) to chomp on and help clean his teeth.
    Maybe I’ll try sneaking celery into his food though!

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    April 19, 2021

    Very nice!!! I’ve finally made time to visit other blogs and I’ve missed so much.

    I started a vegetable garden this year and planted celery. I plan to eat it as a low calorie snack and I can add it to the dogs’ veggie mix. I haven’t looked into the benefits in a long time so this was a great refresher. Thanks!!!

    Hope all is well and everyone is healthy and safe.

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