The quick answer: Yes. Cucumbers are a healthy, hydrating snack that is safe to feed to dogs.
Benefits of cucumbers
Cucumbers are made up of 96% water, making them a refreshing and hydrating snack, especially on hot summer days. This healthy vegetable contains fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Because they are low in fat and calories, cucumbers are an excellent alternative to regular dog treats for overweight dogs. Adding chopped cucumber to your dog’s meals when he is on a diet is also a good way to help keep him full.
Plain, fresh cucumber cut into pieces (sliced, diced, julienned—it’s up to you!) is the best option to serve your dog. If your canine is crazy about cucumber, you can freeze chunks inside of a Kong toy for a long-lasting treat.
Because cucumbers are so intrinsically healthy, there isn’t too much to worry about when feeding them to your dog. Always cut cucumbers into bite-sized pieces and never offer a whole cucumber to prevent a choking hazard. As with trying any new food, your pet might not like the flavor or texture of cucumbers so start by only offering a small piece. All types of foods should be given in moderation and cucumbers are no exception. If your pet consumes more than he can handle, he may experience a tummy ache, vomiting, or diarrhea.
What about pickled cucumbers?
Dogs should not eat pickles because they have a high sodium content. Pickles might also be made with garlic and spices that are harmful to pets. Stick to treating your dog with plain, fresh cucumber instead.
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