Can Bulldogs Eat Cabbage?

How much do you know about cabbage? Chances are, you eat it at least a few times every week. And that’s not a bad thing: cabbage is a nutrient-rich, low-cost food source that will make your body sing. That’s why many bulldog owners want to pass that nutrient-rich goodness on to their furry friends.

But can you feed cabbage to your bulldogs? The short answer is “yes,” but there’s more to it than that. In this article, we’ll answer every question regarding the popular vegetable so you can feed it safely to your bulldog from now on!

Is cabbage safe for bulldogs?

Yes, cabbage is generally safe for bulldogs to eat. But it’s best to introduce new foods slowly, so if this is the first time feeding your bulldog cabbage, start with a small amount. Also, watch for any abnormal signs. bulldogs can show a food intolerance or allergic reaction to cabbage, but it’s rare.

If you observe any abnormal symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea, discontinue feeding the cabbage and contact your veterinarian. Cabbage is not harmful in small amounts; however, large amounts can cause gas or intestinal pain. Cooked cabbage is easier for your bulldog to digest than raw cabbage.

Benefits of cabbage in bulldogs

-Cabbage is full of antioxidants and helps in controlling free radicals that are responsible for many diseases

-Cabbage is also full of vitamin C, which helps with the bulldog’s immune system.

-Vitamin B complex will help your bulldog break down carbohydrates and transport nutrients, and maintain nerve function.

-Vitamin K is needed for blood clotting, which helps wounds heal.

-Potassium will help regulate fluid balance and muscle contractions, as well as signal nerves to work properly.

-Calcium will keep your bulldog’s bones strong, and phosphorus will help their teeth stay strong as well. Phosphorus also helps with muscle contractions, removing waste through the kidneys, and managing the body’s energy.

-Fiber will help your bulldog’s digestive tract run smoothly!

-Moisture is important for bulldogs to stay hydrated!

Do all bulldogs like cabbage?

No, all bulldogs do not like cabbage. Just like people, your bulldog may have preferences for certain foods that they just don’t like. And that’s okay! Some bulldogs might love the smell of cabbage, but prefer a different taste. Others may not like the smell or the taste at all. It’s important to respect your bulldog’s preferences and not force them to eat something they don’t want.

If you’re trying to introduce a new food into your bulldog’s diet, it’s a good idea to consult with your vet first. They can help determine if whatever food you’re thinking about is healthy for your bulldog, and offer advice on how best to introduce it into their feeding routine.

Can my bulldogs have cabbage every day?

There’s no rule on how often bulldogs can eat cabbage, so you can definitely feed them the recommended amount of cabbage every day if they like it. But like with all treats, we recommend you vary what you give your bulldogs—not only because they can get bored but also because different treats contain different nutrients, and it’s good to give your bulldogs a variety to make sure they’re getting everything they need.

Can bulldog puppies eat cabbage?

Can puppies eat cabbage? Yes! But wait until your puppy is at least two months old before trying it. During their first two months, puppies need to be on a specialized puppy diet. Once your puppy is two months old, you can introduce small bites of cooked cabbage once or twice a week. However, puppies have a delicate digestive system, so talk to your vet before introducing new foods into your puppy’s diet.

How much cabbage can bulldogs eat?

A lot of pet owners love sharing their food with their four-legged friends, but it’s important to be aware of what foods are safe for your bulldog and what foods are not.

Cabbage is a perfectly fine veggie for bulldogs to eat! But before you give your pup any cabbage, consult with your vet first. They will know best how much cabbage is best for your individual bulldog’s breed, age, size and activity level.

As a general rule of thumb, if your pup weighs less than 20 lbs, they can have a bite or two of cooked cabbage. If they weigh over 20 lbs, they can have a few more cooked morsels or bites. You should always portion control when it comes to treats for your pets (and people too). Start out with a small piece and if there are no negative reactions, you can offer more.

Remember that the treats you give your bulldogs need to be balanced in their diet—no more than 10% of their diet should consist of treats.

How to serve cabbage to your bulldogs?

First things first: have a chat with your vet to see if it’s safe for your bulldog to eat cabbage. Some bulldogs are allergic to it or have other health conditions that make it inadvisable for them to eat this veggie. But if your vet gives you the green light, then on to the next question: what kind of cabbage should you buy? Organic cabbage is best, and make sure you clean it properly so any lingering chemicals don’t end up in your bulldog’s mouth.

Once you’ve got clean cabbages, go ahead and cook them! We recommend cooking them moderately without seasoning with ingredients like onion or garlic that could be harmful for your bulldog (they may cause diarrhea or anemia). Moderately cooked cabbage is easier for your bulldog to digest than raw cabbage. You can also add it to a homemade meal that’s balanced with a good source of protein. Or sprinkle it as a topping on your bulldog’s kibble.

Once you’ve tried one or two of these ways to serve your bulldog cabbage, observe their response—are they eating the cabbage well and having no ill effects? If so, great!

When are cabbage bad for bulldogs?

While cabbage is generally safe and healthy for bulldogs, there are a few instances where it could be harmful. One of these instances is if your bulldog has underlying health issues like allergies or other gastrointestinal problems. Another is if you feed too much of it to your bulldog. Overindulgence can cause loose stool and diarrhea, as well as gas. The third is that the thiocyanate in cabbage can affect your bulldog’s thyroid gland and cause hypothyroidism.

What happens when your bulldogs eat too much cabbage?

Nausea

When a bulldog eats too much cabbage, you may notice them vomiting or dry-heaving. If you see your bulldog doing this, you can try to get them to drink water or eat some bread to calm their stomach. They may also be very quiet and withdrawn, which is a sign that they’re still feeling sick.

Abdominal pain

Your bulldog will likely show signs of pain if they’ve eaten too much cabbage. They may be walking slowly, breathing heavily, or crying when they move. You should call your vet right away if you notice any of these symptoms—they could be signs of other serious health problems.

Flatulence

Flatulence is normal in bulldogs, but if it’s excessive and has a strong odor, it can be a sign that your bulldog has eaten too much cabbage. You should make sure the gas isn’t coming from another source (like rotting food in their stomach), and then take them to the vet if you’re worried about it being caused by cabbage consumption.

Diarrhea

This is because bulldogs lack the digestive enzymes necessary to break down the cellulose in cabbage. Symptoms usually occur within a few hours and may last two days or more.

Choke

Besides these digestive symptoms, you should also know your bulldog could choke on large pieces of cabbage. This can happen if he swallows them whole or chokes on them when trying to chew them up.

What to do if your bulldogs eat too much cabbage?

If your bulldog has eaten too much cabbage, don’t panic. The most likely symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, and/or flatulence.

Stop feeding the bulldog for at least a few hours and get any remaining cabbage out of reach of your hungry pup. Monitor your pet carefully during this time to make sure he or she is feeling alright. If you notice any abnormal signs or behaviors, call your vet immediately.

Can bulldogs eat red cabbage?

Yes, bulldogs can eat red cabbage! All colors of cabbage are safe and healthy for bulldogs. In fact, red cabbage is more nutritious than green cabbage. Red cabbage contains 10 times more vitamins than green cabbage.

Other human foods bulldogs can eat

What other human foods can bulldogs eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your bulldogs can eat.

So, can bulldogs eat cabbage? 

Yes, bulldogs can eat cabbage in moderation. Cabbage is rich in vitamins C and K, which are both essential to keeping a bulldog’s brain, bones, and skin healthy. And the fiber content of cabbage makes it an excellent treat for keeping your bulldogs’ digestive system working properly. 

However, you should always make sure that the cabbage you feed your bulldog is moderately cooked; raw cabbage may be too difficult for some bulldogs to digest. And because of its high fiber content and roughage makeup, it’s best to feed your bulldog cabbage only occasionally.

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Dr Harunur Rashid (Harun) is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who has five years of experience in large pet animal medicine. He worked as a livestock officer for two years in an NGO, and since then he has been practicing pet animals medicine privately. He holds an MS in Pharmacology from Bangladesh Agricultural University and a DVM from the same institution.