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Yes, eggplants are safe for your dog. Eggplants are non-toxic for dogs and have some nutrients like antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that make them healthy for your dog. You can incorporate eggplant into your dog’s diet several times a week.

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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 Antioxidants, vitamin K, calcium, potassium, dietary fiber
Potential Risks Kidney stone, allergic reaction, solanine poisoning
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How to Feed Eggplants to Dogs?

Eggplant is best served to dogs without seasoning. Humans add spices like garlic and onions to human food, which can harm dogs. Hence, the eggplant you serve to your dog should be plain.

Raw eggplant texture can be a little tough, so to avoid a choking hazard, cook the eggplant before serving it to your dog. When feeding your dog raw eggplant, chop the vegetable into tiny pieces, especially if you have a small dog.

Lastly, you can cook eggplant in different ways, such as baking, grilling, roasting or boiling; as long as you use a very small amount of olive oil and cook it without seasoning.

TIP: If your dog has kidney issues, avoid feeding them eggplant because eating it may cause kidney stones.

How Much Eggplant is Safe for Dogs?

Half an eggplant is enough for large dogs. However, eggplants come in different sizes, so it is better to calculate how much your dog will need accordingly. Remember, only 10 percent of your dog’s daily calories should be from vegetables or fruits.

A medium-sized eggplant that is 566 grams contains 198 calories. It is important to know the calories your dog requires so you can serve them a healthy meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, eggplant skin is safe for dogs. You need not peel the skin before serving the vegetable to your dog.

  • Deep-frying the eggplant is not a great choice for serving it to your dog. Instead, you can grill or roast it to avoid any unnecessary consumption of fats.

  • If your dog has consumed a lot of eggplant in one sitting, they will experience vomiting, loose stool and other abdominal issues. If symptoms persist, take your god to the vet.

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.