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Can Dogs Eat Chickpeas?

If you make homemade food for your dog, you’ll know the importance of variety in the canine diet. So can dogs eat chickpeas is a logical question if you home cook for your dog. Particularly if you’re looking for sources of plant-based protein.

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Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are amongst our earliest cultivated legumes or pulses. Man and beast have been enjoying them for thousands of years. And when you know that human beings and dogs have eaten exactly the same diet for all that time, it’s obvious that dogs can enjoy chickpeas. But if you are someone who is new to making homemade dog food and you are asking yourself the question can dogs eat chickpeas, let me assure you they can.

Chickpeas are an excellent source of plant-based protein. Ideal for anyone wanting to feed their dog a vegan or vegetarian canine diet. They’re also a great source of soluble and insoluble fibre, so they can be hugely beneficial to your dog’s digestive system. Those two things alone mean that chickpeas are an absolute must if you want your dog to go meat free and eat only plant-based food.

But chickpeas are also rich in vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium and zinc. And they’re packed with antioxidants that can benefit your dog’s heart, kidneys and immune system. So there’s lots of reason chickpeas should regularly feature in your dog’s food bowl, whatever kind of homemade diet he or she is on.

So now you know. Dogs can eat chickpeas. But I should add just one caveat. Only use dry chickpeas when making homemade food for your dog. Tinned chickpeas, while not necessarily being harmful, are likely to contain sugar and salt and perhaps other preservatives your dog doesn’t need in its diet. Dry chickpeas are cheaper and healthier, they keep forever, and make terrific dog treats if baked in the oven!

Oh, and since the proof is always in the pudding, I used chickpeas in this homemade dog food recipe!

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