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Yes, lentils are safe for dogs and will not cause any problems if your dog eats them in moderation. Lentils are an excellent source of nutrition as they are high in dietary fiber and packed with vitamins and minerals. Moreover, lentils are high in fiber but low in calories, making them a great option for treats.

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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 Low calorie, high fiber, calcium, potassium, iron and B vitamins
Potential Risk Digestive issues, mineral deficiency,
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Lentils Are Safe for Dogs?

If you have a small dog, a tablespoon of cooked lentils is enough for them to digest easily. Large dots can eat two to three tablespoons. Any more than that can cause them to experience diarrhea or abdominal pain. Only feed your dog lentils a couple of times a week.

TIP: Making a meal plan for your dog every week or month will help you figure out which type of food they like so you can provide them with healthy, nutritious meals and treats.

How to Prepare Lentils for Dogs Safely

Here is how you can prepare for your dog safely:

  1. Soak your choice of lentils in clean water overnight.
  2. Drain the water and rinse the lentils thoroughly.
  3. Cook lentils and ensure they have softened before serving.
  4. Do not put any seasoning in the lentils you are preparing for your dog.
  5. You can mix plain cooked lentils in your dog’s kibble as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, dogs cannot eat lentil soup. This is because lentil soup contains ingredients that are not good for your dog, for example, onions.

  • If your dog eats too much of lentils, you will hear their tummy making excessive gurgling sounds. Furthermore, they will experience vomiting, diarrhea or constipation.

  • No, all lentils are the same for dogs and are safe to feed in moderation. Before cooking, soak the lentils in water for some time to release most of the lectins and phytates.

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.