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Yes, dogs can eat canned vegetables safely. Canned vegetables can be a good alternative if you have a hard time preparing snacks or treats due to time constraints. Remember, canned vegetables have high sodium content and high sugar as well. So, make sure you feed your dog a good meal.

Canned Vegetables
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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe in small amounts, occasionally
Nutritional Value Depending on the vegetable
Potential Risks Hypernatremia, salt poisoning
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Are Some Canned Vegetables Better Than Others?

Yes, you can only give your dog canned vegetables that are not toxic to them. Choose products that are labeled low sodium.

TIP: At times, the labels say low sodium, but they might not be as low as you require for your dog. Always check the ingredients label to be sure of sodium levels.

How Much Canned Vegetables are Safe for Dogs?

You can sprinkle a spoonful of canned vegetables chopped up and use them as a topper for their meal. Always keep the high sodium content in mind when serving canned vegetables.

Consider your dog’s size, breed, and daily calorie requirement to figure out how much you need to serve your dog so they can reap the benefits of veggies.

Only feed your dog canned vegetables in moderation since they have high sodium content, which can harm your dog’s health.

You can drain and wash the vegetables to lower the sodium content.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Eating a lot of canned vegetables can lead to an stomach upset. Regularly consuming canned vegetables can cause sodium poisoning in dogs.

  • Canned green peas, chickpeas, pinto beans, carrots, corn, and pumpkin are all safe canned vegetables. Remember to read the ingredients to ensure the product is safe for your dog.

  • It is best to avoid using canned vegetables for homemade dog food you will be feeding your pet regularly. However, you can use them for making snacks you plan to offer occasionally.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.