Can Dogs Eat Kale?

People have become more aware of kale in the last few years. It’s from the same species as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. Before the modern era, it was extremely common in Europe. Today it is popular with many people who diet.

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Is Kale Good or Bad for Dogs?

KaleIf your dog likes leafy greens then he might like kale. Kale itself is not harmful to dogs. Kale can make some dogs gassy and it is high in the same oxalates that spinach contains. If your dog eats lots of kale over a long period, the oxalates might combine with calcium to form kidney or bladder stones. But eating some kale occasionally shouldn’t be a problem.

Are there any health benefits?

Kale is a very healthy vegetable. It is high in vitamin K and vitamin C and includes beta-carotene. It also has the minerals calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

It’s also a source of fiber. Plus it’s low in calories. Kale also has a chemical called sulforaphane that is believed to have anti-cancer properties. As long as you don’t feed your dog too much, too often, it can make a nice addition to his diet.

Kale Dog Treats:

Just as people have embraced kale in human diets recently, it has become a popular ingredient in dog cookies. Not all dogs like kale, but many dogs like it. Some people are making kale cookies for dogs. Here’s a nice carrot and kale cookie from the doggy dessert chef using healthy ingredients.

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Carlotta Cooper

Carlotta is a long-time contributing editor for the weekly dog show magazine Dog News. She's also the author of The Dog Adoption Bible, the Dog Writers Association of America Adoptashelter.com Award winner for 2013. In addition, she's written Canine Cuisine: 101 Natural Dog Food & Treat Recipes to Make Your Dog Healthy and Happy.

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  • We fed our white 3 year old male boxer Kale mixed in his food for a weekend and ever since he has been off his food so much that we had to take him to the vets.
    He has had severe diarrhoea just water being passed and is now lost 5kg, now we are having to take him back to the vets for blood tests, have you heard of this before.

    • I have two shitzu /peek mix dogs, one had a kidney removed due to cancerous tumors. I started cooking for them, a carb free diet ( sugar feeds cancer), of organic chicken with chopped kale or broccoli, baked at low heat, a little garlic powder added. It’s been almost two years, They’ve done very well on this diet, hasn’t caused any digestive problems and they are both a healthy weight. I do supplement with ‘longevity dog’ vitamin powder and probiotics for dogs.

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