Whether red, yellow, brown, or green: Lentils come in many different colors and shapes. Legumes are all the rage in modern nutrition. Many dog owners, therefore, wonder whether the dog can also eat the delicious protein bombs. Here you will find all information about the tolerance of lenses for dogs.
Lentils for Dogs in Brief
- Like most legumes, lentils have a very high protein content and are suitable for a protein-rich diet.
- The low fat and sugar content and high fiber content make legumes a particularly healthy food.
- Raw lentils contain the toxic substance phasin and are not suitable for dogs.
- Cooked lentils are safe for dogs, but they can cause gas.
Can the Dog Eat Raw Lentils?
Like most legumes, lentils should never be eaten raw. This applies to both humans and dogs because raw legumes contain the substance phasin. Phasin is toxic to dogs because it inhibits protein biosynthesis in the small intestine. As a result, there are signs of intoxication and symptoms such as
- Bloody diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal cramps
Consumption of raw legumes in large quantities can, in the worst case, lead to death. Therefore, never give your dog raw or dried lentils.
Can Dogs Eat Cooked Lentils?
The poisonous phasin is decomposed and rendered harmless during cooking. This means that there is no risk of poisoning for the dog when consuming cooked legumes. Cooked lentils are well tolerated by dogs in small amounts and can contribute to a protein-rich diet. But be careful: Legumes like lentils, peas, and beans can cause severe gas and constipation. It is better to feed them only in small quantities and check whether your dog can tolerate the legumes well.