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 –
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…
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
CAN DOGS EAT CELERY? –
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.
WHAT KIND OF CELERY CAN DOGS EAT?
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.READ MORE FROM THE SPRUCE PETS
IS CELERY SAFE FOR DOGS? –
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.
IN REGARDS TO HIS BREATH –
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…
AS FOR HARLEY –
Definitely not “his thing.” If looks could kill…
The greatest wealth is health ❤️
Thanks for reading…