Give Peas a Chance
If you’ve ever asked yourself the question, Can I Give My Dog Peas? you’re far from alone.
We tend to forget that peas have been a human staple for thousands of years. We also tend to lose sight of the fact that for most of that time, dogs and humans ate exactly the same food.
So the answer to the question of whether or not you can give your dog peas is an emphatic, yes, you can give your dog peas!
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Can I give my dog peas?
Peas are amongst the world’s earliest domesticated crops. Their cultivation dates back to the Neolithic period. Loosely around the same time the domestic dog hung up its travellin’ shoes and settled down to become man’s bestest ever friend.
So I’m guessing the question, Can I Give My Dog Peas? was first asked thousands of years ago. And who knows how many countless millions of times it has been asked since. But the answer then, and now, is yes, and there’s every good reason why you should give your dog peas.
Peas are protein-packed, nutritional powerhouses. You’ll frequently hear them referred to as a superfood and for very good reason. They are a good source of vitamins, minerals and health-giving antioxidants. They’re said to have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. They’re also an excellent source of energy making them particularly beneficial for both active and more sedentary senior dogs. And of course they’re a good source of fibre making them good for the digestive system of all dogs.
How to feed your dog peas
Feeding your dog peas is easy-peasy if you’ll excuse the terrible pun. You can feed them raw as a treat or include boiled or steamed peas with your dog’s food. Here’s a recipe to get you started if you’re new to making homade dog food with peas.
Another excellent way to introduce peas into your dog’s diet is by including them in homemade dog treats.
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There are just two words of warning relating to dogs and peas.
Use only fresh or frozen garden peas. Tinned peas contain salt and sugar which while not toxic, are not beneficial to your dog.
And you should never feed your dog peas if he or she suffers from chronic kidney disease or any kind of kidney problems. The purine in peas produces uric acid which can lead to kidney stones and other kidney conditions.
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