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Yes, chickpeas are a good snack for your doggy. They are high in fiber and are a great source of protein. Moreover, they contain antioxidants and also help your canine with inflammation. That said, raw chickpeas can be dangerous for dogs since they are a choking hazard.

Can Dogs Eat Chickpeas
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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 moderation
Nutritional Value High in fiber and protein, anti-inflammatory, low in sodium
Potential Risks Choking hazard, allergic reactions
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Many Chickpeas are Safe for Dogs?

Can dogs eat chickpeas? Yes! You can feed your little hungry monster chickpeas but make sure you are not feeding them too much of it.

So, how much is too much? A tablespoon or two is enough for your small dog. When introducing a new food, it is best to observe your canine to ensure they are safe and the new food hasn’t caused any distress.

Hence, if your doggy is sniffing at your hummus, give them a safer alternative and give them plain mashed chickpeas.

Tip: Do not give in to their sweet whining when having hummus. Chickpeas are safe for dog consumption, but hummus has seasonings that can be harmful to your pet dog.

How to Cook Chickpeas for Dogs?

Chickpeas do not just have to be in their original form. There are so many options. In fact, if your doggy has expressed undying love for chickpeas, you can prepare a treat using chickpea flour. So, whenever they behave like the best dog in the world, you can say it through food. After all, food is the best love language.

You can also boil a bunch of chickpeas and feed them to your dog without adding any other ingredients. Similarly, you can also mash the chickpeas and give them a small serving.

What Happens if a Dog Eats Too Many Chickpeas?

While chickpeas have incredible benefits for dogs, you should only serve them in small quantities.

Since dogs have sensitive stomachs, chickpeas may cause an allergic reaction. To avoid this, you can test the food first. Give your canine one or two chickpeas and observe them for a few days. Once you are sure it caused them no harm, continue to feed it in moderation occasionally.

Chickpeas are unlikely to harm your pet dog if you serve them safely. Of course, these little furry friends can be naughty and may eat one too many. In that case, your doggy might have trouble digesting all that food, so look for signs indicating they are in distress.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Chickpeas are also called garbanzo beans. They are safe for dog consumption as long as they are cooked and plain.

  • No, canned chickpeas are not safe for dogs since they are high in sodium. Canned food is preserved in sugar syrup, salted water, or vinegar, which are unhealthy and unsafe for dogs.

  • No, dogs cannot eat hummus since it might have seasoning like onions, garlic, or salt, which are harmful to them. If you have prepared homemade hummus and know all the ingredients, you can feed it to your dog.

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.