What’s up, Goldendoodle lovers?
You’re probably familiar with broccoli. It’s a popular vegetable among humans, and it’s packed full of nutrients like calcium and beta-carotene. It’s also low-cost and widely available, so it makes sense that many Goldendoodle owners would want to give their pups a little taste of the green stuff.
But can you feed broccoli to your Goldendoodles? The short answer is “Yes,” but there are lots of things you should know first before you dole out the veggies. Let’s start with the most common question:
Is broccoli safe for Goldendoodles?
Yes, it is safe to feed Goldendoodles broccoli in small amounts, although you should always introduce new foods slowly. It is best to start with a small amount, as too much at once can cause gas, bloating, and stomach discomfort. Rarely do Goldendoodles show a food intolerance or allergic reaction, but if you observe any abnormal symptoms—such as vomiting or diarrhea—you should discontinue feeding broccoli immediately.
Benefits of broccoli in Goldendoodles
Broccoli can be really beneficial for Goldendoodles. Here’s why:
1. Fiber: Broccoli is a great source of fiber, which can help your Goldendoodle maintain a healthy digestive system.
2. Vitamin K: Broccoli contains vitamin K, which helps your Goldendoodle’s blood to clot and prevents excessive bleeding.
3. Vitamin C: Broccoli is one of the best sources of vitamin C around! Vitamin C promotes joint health and boosts the immune system.
4. Minerals: Broccoli contains magnesium, sodium, chromium potassium, and several others, all of which are good for your Goldendoodle.
5. Folic Acid: Folic acid is good for the heart and helps treat or prevent folate deficiency anemia. It also promotes healthy brain development in unborn puppies!
Do all Goldendoodles like broccoli?
All Goldendoodles are different, and just like humans, they have different food preferences. Unfortunately, this means that not all Goldendoodles will like broccoli. If your Goldendoodle is picky with greens, you might feed them broccoli in a dish that they like the taste of. Your Goldendoodle may not like the taste of broccoli on its own, but if you mix it into a tasty and nutritious pup-friendly meal, they may be more willing to eat it.
Before introducing any new foods to your Goldendoodle’s diet, consult with your veterinarian. It’s possible that certain foods may be harmful to your Goldendoodle’s health and can cause allergic reactions or other health issues. Broccoli is safe for most Goldendoodles in small amounts once a week and can even help prevent cancer and support heart health.
Can my Goldendoodles have broccoli every day?
There’s no rule on how often Goldendoodles can eat broccoli. So if they like it, you’re welcome to feed them the recommended amount every day. That said, we recommend varying the treats over time, because Goldendoodles can get bored just like humans do and because different treats contain different amounts of nutrients that your Goldendoodle needs.
Can Goldendoodle puppies eat broccoli?
You can feed your Goldendoodle puppy broccoli, but not until after he’s reached the age of two months. During the first two months of his life, a puppy should eat a special puppy diet to make sure he gets all the calories and nutrients he needs. After that point, you can start feeding him a small piece of broccoli.
However—and this is important—puppies have delicate digestive systems, so if you’re going to feed him broccoli, do so in moderation. Symptoms of too much broccoli include diarrhea and vomiting.
How much broccoli can Goldendoodles eat?
Broccoli is a healthy and nutritious treat for your Goldendoodle. If you are introducing broccoli to your pup, we recommend you consult with your vet first regarding the best serving size of broccoli for your Goldendoodle. Remember to use portion control when feeding your Goldendoodle any kind of treat and to slowly increase his serving size once you have this information. Always follow the rule: treats should be only 10% of your Goldendoodle’s daily diet.
How to serve broccoli to your Goldendoodles?
First thing’s first, talk to your vet and make sure that broccoli is safe for your Goldendoodle’s specific dietary needs. If it’s OK for Fluffy, then here’s what you should know about serving it:
Broccoli can be a healthy treat for your pup in small amounts—it just needs to be organic, as the pesticides on regular broccoli can be harmful to Goldendoodles. Also wash it thoroughly before serving it, and don’t give your Goldendoodle any pieces with stems attached—they can pose a choking hazard.
Broccoli is best served raw or cooked. It’s recommended that you cut up the florets into small chunks or pieces (less than an inch in diameter) and serve them raw as a snack or treat. You can also add some veggies to your pup’s dinner by mixing in a few florets with their food. Be careful not to overdo it, though, as too much will give them an upset stomach.
You can also steam or roast the florets without seasoning, but you should still cut them into bite-sized pieces. Just like with the raw broccoli, add a few florets to their meal or serve them as treats.
You can even mix pureed broccoli with some Goldendoodle-friendly fresh fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots, to make a smoothie.
When is broccoli bad for Goldendoodles?
As with anything, it’s important to enjoy broccoli in moderation. If your Goldendoodle has underlying health issues like allergies, or if you feed broccoli to him in excess, there could be some negative side effects.
If your Goldendoodle is allergic to broccoli, you’ll know because he’ll most likely have a bad reaction, like vomiting, diarrhea, itchy skin, etc. If you notice any of these symptoms after feeding your Goldendoodle broccoli, stop feeding it to him right away.
Broccoli stems and leaves are much harder for Goldendoodles to digest than the florets, so they’re also a choking hazard. If you’re planning on feeding your Goldendoodle cooked broccoli, cut the stems and leaves off first.
What happens when your Goldendoodles eat too much broccoli?
Broccoli is a healthy vegetable, but unfortunately, Goldendoodles can’t eat it in large quantities—even if they want to. In fact, eating too much broccoli can lead to the following symptoms:
– Nausea. Many Goldendoodles will vomit or become nauseous after eating large quantities of broccoli.
– Abdominal pain. Broccoli feeds gas buildup in your Goldendoodle’s gut, which can cause painful bloating or distention in the abdomen.
– Bloat. Bloating is a serious condition that can be deadly without prompt veterinary attention. It is sometimes known as torsion or gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV). This occurs when a Goldendoodle’s stomach fills with gas and then flips over on itself, trapping the gas internally. As a result, the blood supply to the stomach is cut off, which can be fatal within hours.
– Diarrhea. Because broccoli is hard for Goldendoodles to digest, it often passes through their system undigested and causes diarrhea as it moves through their gut. If you notice green stools from your Goldendoodle after they have eaten broccoli, this should resolve on its own within a few days. If not, consult your veterinarian for advice about what to do next.
– Choking- Overindulgence can trigger choking, especially the stem part.
What to do if your Goldendoodles eat too much broccoli?
Don’t panic. Broccoli is not toxic to Goldendoodles, but the fiber in it can be difficult for them to digest. If your Goldendoodle has been eating a lot of broccoli, then it could cause his stomach to become upset, leading to gas and constipation.
The first thing you should do is stop feeding your Goldendoodle any more broccoli and get the remains out of reach. Then monitor him for any abnormal signs of sickness. If he vomits or has diarrhea, then contact your vet immediately.
What about frozen broccoli for your Goldendoodle?
Yes, Goldendoodles can eat frozen broccoli! The only thing you need to remember before feeding your Goldendoodle frozen broccoli is to cut it up prior to feeding it. If it’s still frozen and whole, no matter how small the pieces are, it can be a choking hazard for your Goldendoodle.
But once you’ve cut it up into bite-sized pieces—presto! Your Goldendoodle can totally enjoy some delicious frozen broccoli.
Other human foods Goldendoodles can eat
What other human foods can Goldendoodles eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your Goldendoodle can eat.
So, can Goldendoodles eat broccoli?
Many Goldendoodle owners wonder if they can share their broccoli with their pup. The answer is yes—but only in moderation!
The first thing to know about broccoli is that it’s rich in several nutrients, including vitamins C and E, calcium, iron, riboflavin, and phosphorus. This makes it an excellent treat for Goldendoodles. However, overconsumption of broccoli by Goldendoodles can cause gastrointestinal upset and gas. Therefore, your Goldendoodle should only eat a small amount of broccoli at a time (1/2 cup per 20 pounds of your Goldendoodle’s body weight is a good guideline). You should also monitor your Goldendoodle for gas or other signs of distress after eating broccoli; if these occur, avoid giving your Goldendoodle broccoli in the future.