Can Dogs Eat Celery? – A Snack You and Your Dog Can Enjoy
YES, dogs can eat celery.
In fact, when you consider the health benefits of this vegetable, there is no reason why you should not feed celery to your dog in small amounts as a snack!
Celery is from the same family with parsley and fennel, the Umbelliferae family. It can grow to the height of up to 16 inches. The white celery is grown shaded from direct sunlight, thus has less chlorophyll, compared to its greener counterparts
Juicing for Health says the ribs of celery are crunchy and are often used to make soup or salad. It has a salty taste, so celery juice is a good mix with the sweeter fruit juices. Depending on variety, some may taste very salty.
Although you should not feed celery leaves to your dog, they are filled with vitamin A. The stems of celery are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C with rich supplies of potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty essential amino acids.
Nutrients in the fiber are released during juicing, aiding bowel movements. The natural organic sodium (salt) in celery is very safe for consumption, in fact is essential for the dog’s body.
Celery has always been associated with lowering of blood pressure. When combined with other juices, it provides different formula that helps other conditions.
The high amounts of vitamin C in celery promote a healthy immune system.
Celery contains pthalides, which have been shown to lower blood pressure by relaxing the muscles around the arteries and allowing vessels to dilate. The calcium, magnesium, and potassium in celery also help regulate blood pressure.
The pthalides in celery may also lower cholesterol by increasing bile acid secretion.
Celery is also a natural diuretic that stimulates urine production and can help eliminate excess fluids, thereby promoting good kidney and urinary tract health in your pet.
Celery is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with ailments attributed to inflammation such as arthritis. If your dog is arthritic, try adding some celery juice or chopped pieces of celery to its food.
While many foods lose nutrients during cooking, most of the compounds in celery hold up well during cooking.
Lots of dogs love chewing on a stick of celery. Others are picky and don’t like them. The best way to feed celery is to cut it up into small sticks. Sometimes dog love to eat them with some peanut butter on top. It is a very healthy snack! A mixture of celery in your dog’s food can be quite good for their health.
If you want to be extra careful, string the celery before feeding them since it may cause intestinal blockage due to some dog digestive problems.
Just like all other sorts of fruits and vegetables, please make sure not to put too much celery in your dog’s food. Even though dogs can eat celery and it is good for them, any kind of food in high quantity should be avoided so as to not cause an upset stomach. Also, if your dog has never had celery before, you should introduce it to him slowly, feeding just a little bit at a time.
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