Are Cucumbers Good For Dogs?
17 April, 2018
We love to give our dogs healthy snacks to nosh on while we’re cooking or eating. And what better snack than a cucumber. Of course, we want to make sure that cucumbers are safe for dogs before doling them out. In fact, cucumbers are not only safe, but they are very good for dogs because they are packed with nutrients and are very low- calorie.
Cucumbers are packed with vitamins
Cucumbers are an excellent source of Vitamin K, Molybdenum, Biotin, Copper, Manganese, Potassium and more. In fact, a cucumbers are packed with the following vitamins:
Vitamin K (for bone strength. Potassium, Copper, Vitamin C, B1, Manganese, and Biotin! Cucumbers also contain a compound called sterols which helps reduce cholesterol levels.
Cucumbers are a great way to add water to your dog’s diet
Water is essential in a dog’s diet and many dogs don’t drink enough of it. Cucumbers are great snacks that provide your dog with an extra boost of water. About 95% of cucumbers are water. If you feel like your dog isn’t drinking enough water, try giving them a few slices of cucumbers.
Cucumbers are a great low-calorie treat for dogs
If your dog is overweight or even if you want to simply maintain your dog’s weight, cucumbers are a great as treats. Because cucumbers are primarily made of water, it is a great diet food for both dogs and us too. In a cup of cucumbers, there is only 16 calories! Next time your overweight dog eyes your cucumbers, by all means, share them!
Your dog’s breath can also be benefited from cucumbers
Cucumbers are filled with phytochemicals and phytonutrients that will actually help freshen your dog’s breath. The phytochemicals do so by killing off odor-producing bacteria stuck in your canine’s mouth.
Cucumbers cam help promote a healthy liver and kidney
Another benefit of cucumbers is that it promotes healthy liver and kidney in dogs. They are known for optimizing the liver and kidney for the best efficiency of those organs. This is true for humans and certainly true for dogs as well.
If your dog suffers from arthritis, the silica in cucumbers can help joints
Cucumbers are also known to contain silica, a mineral that helps with strengthening the joints and connective tissues of a dog. Older dogs with pain, swelling or stiffness in certain joints can benefit from cucumbers in their diet. As always, talk to your vet if you plan to use cucumbers to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.
Side effects of cucumbers are possibly diarrhea and gas
Because cucumbers are mostly water and a fair amount of fiber, they might cause diarrhea for your dog. Usually water and fiber is a good thing, but it could turn into a bad situation if too much is in the system.
What’s more likely to happen is your dog might have gas. If you feel like your dog is extra gassy after cucumber consumption, you probably fed your dog too much. Lay off the cucumber slices for a while and they should be fine.
Can dogs eat cucumber skin?
Yes, dogs can eat cucumbers with the skin or peel intact, but it’s recommended that you remove the skin beforehand. Dogs have a difficult time digesting the cucumber skin, but small portions should be okay. It’s always best to just peel off the skin to be on the safe side.
As with any new food, introduce cucumbers slowly into your dogs’ diet and keep an eye out for any adverse reactions. Start off with just a few slices of cucumber. Every dog is different and will react differently. It’s impossible to tell exactly how your dog will respond to eating cucumbers until he or she tries them.