Beans, like lentils and peas, are legumes. Legumes contain large amounts of protein and can contribute to a full, healthy diet. If you want to give your dog beans, however, there are a few things to consider to avoid any unpleasant side effects.
Beans for Dogs in Brief
- Red, green, and white beans are healthy because they are high in protein and fiber.
- Legumes are harmful to dogs because they contain the poisonous substance phasin.
- When cooked, beans in moderation can contribute to a dog’s healthy diet.
- Large amounts of beans cause gas, abdominal pain, and indigestion in dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Beans?
No matter whether red, white, or green: No type of bean may be fed raw to the dog. Like all legumes, raw vegetables are very difficult to digest. They contain the substance phasin, which is toxic to dogs because it inhibits protein biosynthesis. Consumption of raw legumes can therefore lead to poisoning. If the dog still eats them raw, the following symptoms often occur:
- Abdominal pain and cramps;
- Vomiting and choking;
- Diarrhea, possibly bloody diarrhea;
- Loss of appetite and weakness.
To avoid poisoning your dog, never feed the vegetables raw!
Can You Feed Boiled Beans?
The poisonous phasin in legumes is rendered harmless by heating. There is therefore no risk of poisoning for the dog with cooked beans. Even so, you should only feed your four-legged friend small amounts when cooked. Like all legumes, if consumed in excess, the protein bombs can cause uncomfortable gas and constipation. Only give your dog a small amount to try. If he tolerates the beans well, you can gradually increase the amount.