Can Dogs Eat Celery?

Can Dogs Eat Celery?

by ScritchSpot

The quick answer: Yes. Celery is a crunchy, mild and healthy snack for dogs. 

Benefits of celery

The two main components of celery are fiber and water, making it a healthy and hydrating snack. Celery is low in fat and cholesterol and contains vitamins A, C, and K as well as folate, potassium, and manganese. Including celery with your dog’s meals is a low-calorie way to add extra bulk to keep them full longer, which is especially helpful for overweight pets on a diet. It’s also a great substitute for treats with only a fraction of the calories of regular dog treats. For slow chewers, celery makes a great replacement chew toy; it will keep them busy, it’s edible, and it can help clean their teeth while they chew!

Celery is best fed plain and raw, but for an extra special treat, smear a little peanut butter in the groove of a celery stick. 

Hazards

Large pieces of celery can pose a choking hazard for small breeds and eager gobblers. Cut celery into small bite sized pieces if your dog is known to scarf down food too quickly. Because celery has a very mild flavor, some pets may not care to eat it, and that’s perfectly fine—no need to force it.

Your dog gets the nutrients he needs from his regular meals and doesn’t need the additional nutrients in celery to stay healthy. However, celery can be given as a snack. As a general rule, added vegetables and fruits should make up no more than 10-20% of your pet’s diet.

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