Can Dogs Eat Spinach?

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28 Jun 2023

Yes, dogs can eat spinach in controlled quantities.

Is Spinach Good for Dogs?

Yes, spinach is good for dogs.

This leafy green veg is a nutrient powerhouse, offering a range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can support your pooch’s overall health.

A big round-of-appaws for spinach.

Benefits of Spinach for Dogs

Packed with vitamins and minerals

Spinach is abundant in vitamins A, C, and K, which contribute to maintaining healthy vision, boosting the immune system and promoting proper blood clotting. Additionally, spinach contains minerals like iron, calcium, and potassium, which are vital for various bodily functions.

I guess we know why Popeye loved it so much.

Army of antioxidants

Spinach contains antioxidants that can help to combat free radicals in dog's, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases and promoting overall well-being. 

Fabulous fibre

Spinach is a good source of dietary fibre, which can aid digestion and help regulate bowel movements in dogs. No sloppy poos where spinach is concerned.

Low calories

If your dog is a little on the chubbier side, spinach can be a valuable addition to their diet as it is low in calories while providing essential nutrients and delicious taste.

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Spinach?

Yes, dogs can eat cooked spinach.

Cooking spinach is actually the best way to feed it to your pup. However, you should ensure that it is gently boiled or steamed without using any oils, seasonings or spices. It should be fed plain only. These kinds of additives can be really harmful to dogs and can cause tummy upset. 

Can Dogs Eat Raw Spinach?

Yes, dogs can eat raw spinach.

However, we recommend that you gently cook or steam spinach before feeding it to your pooch. This is because raw spinach contains oxalic acid which, when consumed in large quantities, can restrict the absorption of calcium in dogs. Cooking or steaming the spinach will help to break down this acid and ensure better nutrient absorption.

If you do feed your dog raw spinach, limit it to a couple of leaves.

How Much Spinach Can I Give My Dog?

The amount of spinach you can feed your dog depends on their size, weight and activity level. Even though spinach leaves seem light and delicate, too many of them can be really harmful.

As a general guideline, start by feeding your pooch between 2 and 5 leaves, then see how they react to it. Certain foods can trigger intolerance symptoms in dogs so it’s important to introduce it to their diet gradually over time.

Treats, and that includes fruit and veg, should not make up more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake. The rest should be made up of a nutritionally complete dog food 

Considerations When Feeding Spinach to Your Dog

Although spinach is packed full of nutritional benefits for pups, it can be quite risky for dogs with a history of calcium oxalate bladder stones. Generally, we would recommend avoiding feeding spinach to your dog all together if this applies to them to avoid making the issue worse.

Spinach in Butternut Box Meals

At Butternut Box, we include spinach in a lot of our meals, such as Gobble Gobble Turkey, Ready Steady Veggie and Plant Get Enough.

We only use the best-quality ingredients in our meals. As well as 60% human-grade meat, vegetables form the basis for our recipes, alongside things like lentils and pearl barley. Because we believe dogs deserve better

You don’t have to worry about guesswork either, we use the perfect balance of ingredients in our meals to ensure that they are nutritionally-complete, providing your dog with all the nutrients that they need to thrive.

At sign up, we will ask you a few questions about your dog, such as their breed, age and activity level. This will help us to calculate exactly how many calories they need, as well as the flavours that would best suit their preferences and lifestyle.

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Other Vegetables That Dogs Can Eat

Spinach is joined by an army of other pooch-pleasing vegetables, such as:

• Broccoli

• Peas

• Green beans

• Celery

• Sweet potatoes

• Parsnips

• Cauliflower

• Butternut squash

• Kale

• Brussel sprouts

• Peppers

• Beetroot

• Cucumber