The simple answer is yes! Many dogs enjoy green beans as treats, snacks or meal toppers. In addition, green beans are affordable and low calorie. At 31 calories per cup, they are an ideal treat for pups on a diet.
Nutritional components of green beans include:
- Healthy carbohydrate
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B6
- Essential fatty acids
How to feed green beans to your dog
There are a few guidelines to follow when feeding your dog green beans.
Serve your dog plain green beans. Never cook green beans for your dog with additional ingredients, such as salt, butter, fats or sugar. Avoid canned green beans as well, since they often contain high salt content.
The best ways to offer your dog green beans include:
- Cooked (boiled or steamed with no added salt)
- Always plain with no added ingredients
How many green beans can my dog eat?
Start by introducing small portions to your dog at a time and monitor how her GI tract responds.
- Small dogs (>20lbs): 1-to-2 green beans daily
- Medium dogs (20lbs-50lbs): 2-to-3 green beans daily
- Large dogs: (<50lbs): 3-to-4 green beans daily
Remember: These tasty treats are not a substitute for a balanced diet and should not exceed more than 10% of your pup’s daily dietary intake.
If you have any worries with how your pup may respond to green beans or if she has a sensitive stomach, consult with your veterinarian before adding this tasty treat into their diet. Bone-appetit!
Read our article on other safe vegetables and fruits for your dog.