Can Yorkies Eat Cabbage?

Cabbage is a popular vegetable among humans, thanks to its low cost and high nutrient density. That’s why so many Yorkshire Terrier owners are curious: can I feed cabbage to my Yorkshire Terrier?

In short, the answer is yes! But there are many more questions that come along with it: how much cabbage should my Yorkshire Terrier eat? What kind of cabbage is best for my Yorkshire Terrier? Is cabbage good for Yorkies with certain health conditions? And on and on. We’ll answer all those questions, and more, here.

To get started, let’s look at whether cabbage is completely safe for your Yorkshire Terrier:

Is cabbage safe for Yorkies?

Yes, cabbage is safe for Yorkies, but it is best not to feed your Yorkshire Terrier too much cabbage at once as it can cause gas. In fact, cooked cabbage is a better option because cooking cabbage breaks down the fiber and makes it easier to digest.

If you are feeding your Yorkshire Terrier cabbage for the first time, start slowly and watch for any abnormal signs. While rare, some Yorkies show a food intolerance or allergic reaction to certain foods. If you observe any abnormal symptoms, stop feeding your Yorkshire Terrier cabbage immediately and consult a veterinarian.

Benefits of cabbage in Yorkies

A healthy diet can help keep your Yorkshire Terrier in top shape. Compared to other vegetables, cabbage has several key health benefits. Here are some of the most important:

Antioxidants: Cabbage is rich in antioxidants that fight off free radicals, which can damage cells and lead to disease.

Vitamin C: This vitamin helps maintain connective tissue and bones, while also helping wounds heal.

Vitamin B complex: This group of nutrients helps break down carbs and transport other nutrients throughout the body—keeping energy levels high and making sure nerve function stays strong.

Vitamin K: Vitamin K helps blood clot, which means it’s crucial for wound healing.

Potassium: This micronutrient works to regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions, and nerve signals throughout the body.

Calcium and Phosphorus: These minerals help keep bones strong—and phosphorus helps manage energy levels in the body by helping with muscle contraction and removing waste through the kidneys.

Fiber: Dietary fiber is essential for keeping things moving along in the digestive tract, plus it slows down digesting carbs—so glucose gets absorbed into the bloodstream slower (helping to keep blood sugar levels steady).

Do all Yorkies like cabbage?

Yorkies are as varied in their eating preferences as humans. Many Yorkies love cabbage, but unfortunately, not all Yorkies like cabbage. If you’re wondering if your Yorkshire Terrier will like it, only one way to find out is to ask! Give your Yorkshire Terrier some of the cabbage and see what their reaction is. Check for the following signs:

1. They sit down next to it and stare at it for a long time before approaching

2. They sniff the cabbage

3. They lick the cabbage

4. They give you a sad puppy-Yorkshire Terrier face

5. They eat the cabbage

If your Yorkshire Terrier does any of these things, then they probably do like it! If they do not, then they may not be so into it. Don’t force your Yorkshire Terrier to try new foods—if they don’t like something, then that’s ok! Try again another day and see if their reaction changes. And always consult with your vet before introducing a new food to make sure that it is safe for Yorkies to eat.

Can my Yorkies have cabbage every day?

There’s no rule on how often you can feed your Yorkshire Terrier cabbage, but we recommend varying their treats and not just giving them cabbage every day. Your Yorkies might get bored if you give them the same treat every day. Different treats contain different amounts of nutrients and calories, so it’s a good idea to mix it up to make sure your Yorkshire Terrier is getting all the nutrition they need.

Can Yorkshire Terrier puppies eat cabbage?

Yes, Yorkshire Terrier puppies can eat cabbage—but wait until they’re at least two months old. A puppy’s tummy is less developed than that of an adult Yorkshire Terrier, and they are on a specialized puppy diet during the first two months of their lives. Once they’re in the clear, you can feed them just a small bite of cooked cabbage once or twice a week as part of their regular diet. But be careful not to overdo it—puppies have delicate digestive systems, so it’s best to consult with your veterinarian before introducing any new food to your pup’s diet.

How much cabbage can Yorkies eat?

You should always consult with your vet before introducing new vegetables into your Yorkshire Terrier’s diet. You should also ask them what the best serving size is based on the age, size and activity level of your Yorkshire Terrier.

A general rule of thumb: A smaller pup breed like Yorkies (<20 lbs) can take a bite or two of cooked cabbage; larger pup breeds (>20 lbs) can take a few more cooked morsels or bites.

Portion control is important for your Yorkshire Terrier’s diet and treats, so start out with a small piece and if there are no negative reactions (like diarrhea or gas), you can offer more. Always follow the rule that all treats combined should not be over 10% of the total diet.

How to serve cabbage to your Yorkies?

Cabbage is a nutritious and tasty treat for your Yorkshire Terrier. But before you serve this vegetable to your pet, be sure to check with your vet. Some Yorkies have sensitive stomachs, and it’s best to make sure that this is a safe choice for them.

Once you get the green light from the doctor, always choose organic cabbage. It should be cleaned properly before serving and cooked moderately (without seasoning) instead of raw — it’s easier for your Yorkshire Terrier to digest. You can add cabbage to a homemade meal that’s balanced with a good source of protein or sprinkle as a topping on your Yorkshire Terrier’s kibble. Then see how they react! Cabbage is only healthy in moderation, so start slowly and gradually increase their intake if they seem fine. Just remember the 90/10 rule: only 10 percent of their total diet should be fruits and veggies.

When is cabbage bad for Yorkies?

Cabbage can be safe to feed your Yorkshire Terrier cabbage, but there are some caveats:

1) If your Yorkshire Terrier has any underlying health issues like allergies or thyroid problems, you should probably steer clear of this food.

2) If you start by giving your pet a small amount of cabbage, you can see how they react. You’ll have a good idea whether this treat is something they can handle.

3) Too much of anything can cause issues like loose stool and diarrhea, so make sure you’re not overdoing it on the cabbage.

4) Cabbage contains a small amount of thiocyanate. Overindulgence can cause hypothyroidism in your pet. In addition, Yorkies with pre-existing thyroid conditions should avoid eating cabbage entirely since it may exacerbate the problem.

If it’s your first time feeding cabbage to your pet, start with a small portion and monitor for any reactions or unpleasant side effects for a few days post-cabbage consumption. If everything looks good, you can gradually increase the amount of cabbage in their diet.

What happens when your Yorkies eat too much cabbage?

– Nausea: If your Yorkshire Terrier has eaten cabbage—even if it’s only a small amount—and seems to be nauseous, ‌monitor him or her. This can be a sign of an underlying condition such as a blockage, and it’s important to seek veterinary advice if your Yorkshire Terrier shows signs of nausea.

– Abdominal pain: If your Yorkshire Terrier is showing signs of abdominal pain and has eaten cabbage recently, it could mean that they have an obstruction. This can be dangerous or even life-threatening, so you should contact your veterinarian right away.

– Flatulence: While most flatulence in Yorkies is normal, if your Yorkshire Terrier is experiencing more flatulence than usual after eating cabbage, it could mean that he or she has eaten too much. You should speak with a vet about whether you need to adjust their diet and how much cabbage is okay for them to eat.

– Diarrhea: If your Yorkshire Terrier has diarrhea after eating cabbage, this could indicate that there is something wrong with their digestive system—either from the cabbage itself or from something else they’ve gotten into that they shouldn’t have. You should consult with a vet to see if there is an underlying cause.

– Choking hazard: Cabbage can be a choking hazard for Yorkies, so if you notice that your Yorkshire Terrier is having difficulty breathing after eating cabbage, take them to the vet immediately.

What to do if your Yorkies eat too much cabbage?

If your Yorkshire Terrier eats too much cabbage, don’t panic.

First, quickly get any remaining cabbage away from the Yorkshire Terrier. The longer it has a chance to digest, the more likely it is to cause gas. Second, monitor your Yorkshire Terrier for any signs of digestive distress. If you see that your Yorkshire Terrier’s belly is hard or bloated, he’s producing excess gas, or he seems to be in pain, call your vet right away.

Can Yorkies eat red cabbage?

Yes, you can give your Yorkshire Terrier red cabbage! It’s perfectly safe for them to eat. In fact, it’s not just red cabbage—you can give your Yorkshire Terrier any color of cabbage. All the colors of cabbage have the same nutritional benefits and are equally safe for your Yorkshire Terrier to eat.

Red cabbage is actually more nutritious than green cabbage. It contains 10 times more vitamins than green cabbage and is also a source of calcium, manganese, and iron. If you want to give your pooch some extra nutrients in a fun new way, try giving them some red cabbage as a snack.

Other human foods Yorkies can eat

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

So, can Yorkies eat cabbage?

The answer is, yes. Yorkies can eat cabbage in moderation. 

Cabbage is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it an excellent treat for Yorkies. Cabbage is even can be a remedy for stomach problems when cooked moderately. 

However, this does not mean you should feed your Yorkshire Terrier cabbage at every meal. Doing so can lead to an upset stomach and diarrhea. Instead, give your Yorkshire Terrier small portions of cabbage as a treat once or twice a week.

If you want to try giving your Yorkshire Terrier cooked cabbage, make sure the vegetables are cooked all the way through but not too soft so they don’t lose their nutritional value. You should also follow the 90/10 rule: 90% of a Yorkshire Terrier’s diet should be high-quality protein and 10% can be made up of fruits and vegetables like cabbage.

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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.