Green beans are a popular vegetable we enjoy. But have you ever wondered if they are good for
your best friend?
The answer is a resounding yes!
Finding healthier options for your dog is a continuous struggle. We don’t wanna give our friends
the same treats every time.
Green beans are the healthy alternatives you’ve been looking for!
Although dogs are naturally carnivorous, they can eat vegetables as a supplement to their
meat-based diet. And green beans are one of their best options. But as with every food, there
are some cautions you should keep in mind.
Read the blog to know more about how you can turn green beans into a healthy treat for your dog.
Health Benefits of Green Beans for Dogs
“What do green beans do for dogs?”
Green beans are not only safe for dogs to eat but can also provide several health benefits.
According to the AKC, vets even recommend green beans sometimes. Here are some benefits
green beans can offer:
- Antioxidants: Green beans are packed with antioxidants. They play a vital
role in supporting your dog's overall health and immune system function.
- Low in Calories: Green beans are low in calories, making them a healthy
alternative to high-calorie treats.
- High in Fiber: The fiber content in green beans can promote healthy
digestion and help regulate bowel movements. This can be particularly beneficial for dogs
with gastrointestinal issues or constipation.
- Vitamin B6: This essential vitamin plays a crucial role in various bodily
functions of a dog, including the metabolism and oxygenation.
- Vitamin K: This vitamin is necessary for blood clotting and helps maintain
healthy bones in dogs. Adequate vitamin K levels are also essential for proper healing and
- Minerals: Green beans are mineral-rich! They include iron, calcium,
potassium, and magnesium. These help with blood cells, bones and teeth, and body systems.
- Hydration: Green beans have a high water content, which can help keep your
dog hydrated. It’s especially helpful during hot summer months.
|Nutritional Roundup of Green Beans
- 31 Calories
- Protein: 2 g
- Fiber: 2.7 g
- Sugar: 3.6 g
- Vitamin K: 43 mcg
- Thiamin: 0.1 mg
- Niacin: 0.7 mg
- Vitamin B-6: 0.14 mg
- Vitamin E: 0.41 mg
- Calcium: 37 mg
- Iron: 1.03 mg
- Magnesium: 25 mg
- Phosphorous: 38 mg
- Potassium: 211 mg
- Zinc: 0.24 mg
Weight Loss and Green Beans
“Can Green Beans Help Dogs Lose Weight?”
Green beans are low in calories and fat while being high in fiber. This combination makes them a
great option for dogs that need to shed a few pounds.
Obesity in dogs is a common problem. It causes health problems like diabetes, arthritis, high
blood pressure, and more. Plus it makes your dog's life shorter by 2 years or more!
A lot common dog treats are relatively high in calories and fats. But green beans are not, and
that’s why they are the best treats for dogs who need to lose weight.
However, feeding green beans won’t help your dog lose weight unless it is also getting enough
exercise. So remember that exercise and healthy diet goes hand in hand.
Types of Green Beans Dogs Can Eat?
Green beans are safe for dogs in a variety of forms. Some of your most common questions about types
of green beans for dogs are answered here.
Can dogs eat raw green beans?
Yes, dogs can eat raw green beans. In fact, many dogs enjoy the crunchy texture and fresh taste
of raw green beans.
However, it's important to wash the green beans thoroughly and remove the ends before offering
them to your dog. Also, raw beans are not as easily digestible as cooked beans, so you should
prefer cooked beans.
Can dogs eat cooked green beans?
Absolutely! Dogs can eat cooked green beans. This includes steamed and boiled green beans. This
makes them easier to digest for some dogs, especially those with sensitive stomachs.
However, avoid adding any seasonings, such as salt or spices, as these can be harmful to dogs.
Serve the cooked green beans plain or chop them into bite-sized pieces for your pup to enjoy.
Can dogs eat frozen green beans?
Yes, dogs can eat frozen green beans. Frozen green beans retain their nutritional value and can
be a convenient option if fresh beans are not available.
Thaw the frozen green beans before offering them to your dog. You can also steam them to make
them easier to chew and digest.
Can dogs eat canned green beans?
Yes. But while canned green beans are generally safe for dogs, it's important to exercise
Canned green beans often contain added salt or preservatives, which can be harmful to dogs in
large amounts. If you choose to use canned green beans, look for low-sodium or no-salt-added
options. However, it's generally recommended to opt for fresh or frozen green beans as a
Can dogs eat all varieties of green beans?
Yes, dogs can eat various varieties of green beans, including string beans, snap beans, and
The key is to ensure that the green beans are fresh, properly cleaned, and prepared without any
harmful additives. Different varieties may vary slightly in taste and texture, so you can
experiment to find which ones your dog prefers.
How Many Green Beans Can a Dog Eat? Adequate Serving Sizes
When it comes to serving green beans to your dog, moderation is important. The amount of green
beans your dog can safely consume depends on their size and breed.
Here’s a table showing a general guideline on serving sizes:
||¼ to ½ cup of green beans
||½ to 1 cup of green beans
||1 to 1 ½ cups of green beans
Weight Loss and Green Beans
“Can Green Beans Help Dogs Lose Weight?”
More than half of Americans have overweight dogs. Many dog owners don't even realize their dogs
are heavy, but this causes problems.
Obesity causes health problems like diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and more. Plus it
makes your dog's life shorter by 2 years or more!
Some owners want their dogs to lose weight. Eating green beans as a treat instead of biscuits can
help your dog lose weight as long as you are also going for walks and making sure that your dog
does not eat too much food.
However, feeding green beans in your dog’s diet will not help your dog lose weight if he is not
getting enough exercise. So, make sure that exercise and a healthy diet go hand in hand.
Instances in Which Green Beans Can be Dangerous for your Dog
“Why are green beans bad for dogs?”
Though green beans are an extremely healthy treat for your dog in some instances they can be
dangerous for your dog.
Raw Green Beans
“Can dogs eat green beans raw?”
If your dog eats green beans raw, they might make your dog’s tummy feel bad. This is because of
lecithin proteins. Most beans have them.
Cooking the green beans makes the problem go away. However, there are very few lecithins in them,
so having one or two should not be a big deal.
Raw green beans can also pose a choking hazard to your dog also. If they eat the green beans
strings as such or ingest a lot of green beans together, they can get stuck in your dog’s
So, avoid feeding your dog raw green beans.
Serving in Large Quantities
Dogs who eat too many green beans might become sick because the beans are very high in fiber.
They can cause digestive issues or nutritional imbalances.
Dogs should only eat green beans as a treat, not the food their body needs to be healthy. If your
dog has never eaten them before, you need to watch for any signs of allergic reaction or stomach
Preparing Green Beans for Dogs
Now that we hopefully put the idea of feeding your dog lots of green beans to rest, let us look
at some ways you can give them good food without going too far.
Trim off any stringy ends from the green beans. Cut the beans into pieces that your dog can eat.
Some stores sell pre-made green bean treats if you don't want to do it yourself.
- If you do not want to feed pesticides and chemicals to your dog, buy organic. If you don't,
make sure that you rinse it before feeding it to your dog.
- Do not put any salt or other herbs, butter, oil, garlic, or onions in your dog's food. Avoid
any kind of seasoning.
- Many dogs like frozen green beans. They are good for them because they can chew on them.
Frozen beans are also great in the summer when it is hot outside.
- Do not give your pet a lot of new food at once. If you do, it could make them sick. Instead,
give them some new food and then do it again the next day and keep doing that until they are
used to the food and like it.
- In order to avoid any negative side effects, try serving small portions of green beans once
or twice a week.
If your dog does not like the taste of green beans, try giving them meat and other vegetables
that they might like.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many green beans can a dog eat?
We recommend 10% of green beans combined with a healthy, well-balanced diet for dogs. Make sure
you ask your vet first before starting this diet.
What beans are toxic to dogs?
The following kinds of beans are toxic to dogs:
- Canned beans: Loaded with sodium and chemical preservatives
- Chili beans: Contain garlic, onions, and spices
- Coffee beans: Can cause neurological damage and even death
- Raw Red Kidney beans: Contain a toxin dangerous to dogs