Can Dogs Eat Radishes?

Can Dogs Eat Radishes?

by ScritchSpot

The quick answer: Yes, dogs can eat radishes.

Though this red, crunchy root vegetable is not toxic to dogs, your dog may not find the strong, spicy flavor of a radish very palatable. There are other more nutritious vegetables that may be better options for when you’re looking to share a veggie snack with your pup. Try feeding him sliced cucumber or carrots instead. 

Benefits of radishes

Radishes aren’t especially nutritious, but they are a source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. They are low in calories and, like other healthy veggies, can make a good substitute for regular dog treats when it comes to a dog on a diet. The fibrous, rough texture of a raw radish can help to remove plaque from your dog’s teeth as he chomps down. 

To serve, cut radishes into bite-sized pieces to share as a snack or on top of your dog’s meal. You can also freeze thin slices of radish for a cool, refreshing summer treat. 

Hazards

If your pet accidentally gobbled up cooked or raw radishes, there isn’t any reason to worry about the root vegetable itself. However, there are a few things to be wary of:

  • Dogs shouldn’t eat radishes that have been cooked with garlic, onions, or spices that contain them because these vegetables are toxic to dogs.
  • If your radishes were cooked with other spices, salt, or oils, you should avoid sharing them with your dog because they can cause health issues.
  • When sharing this crunchy snack with your dog, be sure to moderate his intake. Eating too much of any fruit or vegetable will cause an upset tummy and possibly vomiting, gas, or diarrhea. 
  • Cut radishes into bite-sized pieces before sharing. An eager dog that tries to eat a whole radish could potentially choke on it.