Can Dogs Eat Zucchini?

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Zucchini is a summer squash. Like other squashes, dogs often enjoy it as a raw snack or as part of a meal. Here’s what you need to know about giving your dog zucchini.

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Is Zucchini Good or Bad for Dogs?

Zucchini is safe for dogs to eat. You can give it to your dog raw in slices or cubed. Or you can slice it and freeze it to use as a cold treat in the summer. You can also cook it and include it as part of a home-cooked meal for your dog. It’s good in most recipes that let you add whatever vegetables your dog likes. You can also use a
grater and sprinkle it over your dog’s kibble for a little extra “kick” to the meal.

Are there any health benefits?

Like many foods in the squash family, zucchini is very healthy. It provides calcium and beta-carotene as well as potassium and folate. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber and some of the B vitamins.

Zucchini Dog Treats:

Anyone who grows vegetables knows that zucchini grows like a weed in the summer. People with zucchini are always giving away zucchini bread and other baked goods. If you have a green thumb, you can grow some zucchini to make dog treats, too. Or, just buy some zucchini at the store or a farmer’s market. It’s usually inexpensive in the summer.

This recipe comes from Rebekah Ward of My Rotten Dogs who grows her own zucchini and summer squash. Dogs should love it. The addition of bacon doesn’t hurt either.


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 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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