Can Chihuahuas Eat Cabbage?

Cabbage is one of the most popular foods across the globe. It’s easy to grow, affordable and rich in nutrients. That’s why many Chihuahua owners want to feed cabbage to their Chihuahuas. But can you?

The short answer is yes, but there are lots of things you need to pay attention to when feeding cabbage to your Chihuahua. We will answer every question regarding feeding cabbages to Chihuahuas in this post.

Is cabbage safe for Chihuahuas?

Yes, cabbage is safe for Chihuahuas to eat. However, it is best to introduce cabbage slowly in small amounts. 

If your Chihuahua has never eaten cabbage before, it may be best to start with a cooked option and then introduce small amounts of it raw. This will prevent an upset stomach or allergic reaction. 

There are some Chihuahuas that are more sensitive than others, so if you notice any abnormal symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea, please stop feeding your Chihuahua cabbage immediately and call your veterinarian.

Benefits of cabbage in Chihuahuas

Cabbage has a ton of benefits for your Chihuahua, and we’ve broken them down for you in this handy-dandy list.

-Cabbage is packed with antioxidants, which can help to protect your Chihuahua’s cells from damage.

-It also contains Vitamin C, which is an important nutrient and can help to treat joint pain or urinary tract infections.

-Vitamin B Complex helps to break down carbohydrates and transport nutrients, as well as keeping your Chihuahua’s nerve functions working properly.

-Vitamin K is also found in cabbage, and it helps to regulate blood clotting and is essential for healing wounds.

-Potassium helps to regulate fluid balance and muscle contractions, as well as sending nerve signals throughout the body.

-It also contains Calcium and Phosphorus, both of which help with bone health and strengthen teeth. Phosphorus also helps with muscle contraction, removing waste through the kidneys, and managing the body’s energy supply.

-Cabbage is a great source of fiber—an important nutrient that Chihuahuas need to stay healthy—and it has a high water content (it’s 92% water), which can help keep your pup hydrated!

Do all Chihuahuas like cabbage?

Unfortunately, no, not all Chihuahuas like cabbage. 

Your Chihuahuas may not like it because of the taste or the texture. In addition, Chihuahuas have food preferences and aversions, just like people do. If your Chihuahua isn’t excited about cabbage, don’t force it—feed your Chihuahua something he or she enjoys!

Consult with your vet before introducing a new food to your Chihuahua’s diet to ensure that it is safe for your pet.

Can my Chihuahuas have cabbage every day?

There’s no rule on how often you can feed your Chihuahua cabbage—or any other kind of food, really. That said, we do recommend varying the snacks and treats you give your Chihuahuas so that they don’t get bored. But if you’re feeding your Chihuahuago a recommended amount of cabbage every day, and it’s all veggies, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep doing it if he loves it.

Just remember that different foods have different benefits for your Chihuahua’s health, so it’s a good idea to mix things up a bit.

Can Chihuahua puppies eat cabbage?

Can puppies eat cabbage? It’s a good question, and the answer is yes, but with some caveats.

First, your puppy should be on a specialized puppy diet for at least the first two months. Once they’re past that point, you can consider adding small bites of cooked cabbage to their weekly meal plans.

Be aware that your puppy’s digestive tract is still developing, and it can be sensitive to changes in diet. You’ll want to make sure you’re introducing any new food into your puppy’s diet in moderation and with the advice of your veterinarian.

Even once you’ve introduced new foods into your puppy’s diet, they should still be eating plenty of commercial puppy food mixed with some treats like cabbage or other vegetables once or twice a week. Keep an eye out for signs that they don’t tolerate a new food well—if they experience diarrhea or vomiting after eating, talk to your veterinarian about how to proceed.

How much cabbage can Chihuahuas eat?

First off, it’s important to check with your vet before offering any human food to your Chihuahua. Some things are definitely not safe for consumption by Chihuahuas and others are okay in moderation. Cabbage falls somewhere in the middle.

It’s okay for Chihuahuas to eat cabbage as long as it’s cooked (not raw) and served in small quantities. How much depends on the age, size, and activity level of your Chihuahua. As far as serving size goes, there are a couple rules of thumb: if you have a smaller breed Chihuahua (<20 pounds), start with just one or two bites of cooked cabbage. For larger breeds (>20 pounds), you can offer a few more bites or morsels of cooked cabbage—but still exercise caution since large Chihuahuas are more likely to gobble up too much food at once.

How to serve cabbage to your Chihuahuas?

Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of serving up some cabbage to your pup.

First things first: Talk to your vet before you add any new food to your Chihuahua’s diet. Once they give the green light, try giving your Chihuahua a small amount of cabbage and watch how they react—if they seem fine, you can gradually increase the amount. Still, remember the 90/10 rule: Your Chihuahua should get only 10% of their total calories from treats and other non-nutritious foods (including vegetables), so don’t overfeed them.

And when it comes to feeding cabbage, the best way to do it is cooked (but not seasoned), added as part of a homemade meal that’s balanced with a good source of protein. Another option: Sprinkle some on top of your Chihuahua’s regular meal as a tasty treat.

When is cabbage bad for Chihuahuas?

Your Chihuahuas love cabbage, but you should know when cabbage is bad for Chihuahuas?

Most Chihuahuas can eat a small amount of cabbage from time to time with no problems. However, if your Chihuahua has underlying health issues like allergy, it is best to avoid giving your pup cabbage.

Also, you should avoid feeding too much cabbage to your Chihuahuas because this can cause loose stool and diarrhea. Plus cabbage contains a small amount of thiocyanate so overindulgence can affect your Chihuahua’s thyroid gland and cause hypothyroidism.

What happens when your Chihuahuas eat too much cabbage?

* Nausea: You can tell your Chihuahua is nauseous if they refuse to eat, and may be drooling or pacing around.

* Abdominal pain: A Chihuahua experiencing abdominal pain may whine, whimper, or pace. They may also be irritable and less interested in playing with other Chihuahuas or with toys.

* Flatulence: When you’re worried about your Chihuahua’s flatulence, it’s helpful to note how frequently they’re farting compared to normal. If your Chihuahua is farting more than usual—and particularly if the farts are particularly stinky—you should take them to the veterinarian for a checkup.

* Diarrhea: This is not just a problem for the humans in the house—Chihuahuas can get very uncomfortable from diarrhea, too. If your Chihuahua has diarrhea, you’ll notice that their feces are soft and loose instead of firm and formed. You might also see some mucus or blood in their stool.

* Choking hazards: If your Chihuahua is choking, you’ll know—it’s a scary thing to witness! The choking will cause them to cough, wheeze, gag, or have trouble breathing.

What to do if your Chihuahuas eat too much cabbage?

Cabbage is a healthy vegetable for humans, but is it good for Chihuahuas? And what if Fido eats too much cabbage? Don’t panic. Cabbage is not harmful to Chihuahuas, and feeding cabbage to your Chihuahua in moderation can be beneficial. But if your Chihuahua ate too much cabbage, here are some things you need to do:

1. Stop feeding your Chihuahua any more cabbage.

2. Get all the remaining cabbage away from your Chihuahua.

3. Monitor if your Chihuahua is showing any abnormal signs like diarrhea or vomiting. If so, call your vet as soon as possible.

Can Chihuahuas eat red cabbage?

It’s a common misconception that red cabbage is more dangerous for Chihuahuas than other types of cabbage. In fact, it is just as safe and healthy for Chihuahuas as green and white cabbage. In fact, red cabbage contains 10 times more vitamins than green cabbage. So if you want to give your Chihuahua some added nutrition, red cabbage is the way to go!

Other human foods Chihuahuas can eat

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

So, can Chihuahuas eat cabbage? 

Yes, Chihuahuas can eat cabbage in moderation. Cabbage is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium, making it an excellent treat for Chihuahuas.

However, you should only give your Chihuahua cooked cabbage, as raw cabbage can cause intestinal upset in some Chihuahuas and may even lead to gas. When cooked, the cabbage softens up a bit and becomes easier for your Chihuahua to digest. So before you share your cabbage with your pooch, make sure it’s warmed up and soft.

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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.