The good news is yes, dogs can indeed eat cauliflower! In fact, this is one of the healthier and safer options for dogs!
When it comes to feeding dogs fruits, one of the biggest issues is the amount of sugar. A small amount of sugar for humans is a lot of sugar for dogs and this can cause a dangerous spike in insulin, as well as inflammation and other problems.
Likewise, giving dogs fruits like plums or cherries can be dangerous due to the potentially toxic nature of the pits. These contain small amounts of cyanide, which while not dangerous in those small amounts, can be very bad if it builds up.
The good news is that vegetables have far less sugar and don’t contain pits. That right away makes them much healthier and safer.
What you do have to be just a little careful about, though, is the fiber. Like sugar, fiber isn’t bad for dogs or humans in itself. The problem here is that dogs need less than humans do. And when you consider that they are so much smaller, this becomes even more of an issue.
If a dog should eat too much fiber, then this can result in gastrointestinal issues, leading to flatulence, stomach discomfort, diarrhea, or constipation. Fortunately, the amount of fiber in cauliflower is not enough to cause many of these issues in itself – but if you give your dog too much cauliflower then it can become an issue. The simple solution is just to make sure that you don’t overdo it – just give them small amounts.
How to Feed a Dog Cauliflower
Adding just a little cauliflower to your dog’s dinner is a good way to boost the nutritional value of that food. Use a couple of cauliflower heads and you should have no problem with the fiber content even if you add this in on a semi-daily basis.
While it’s possible to give a dog cauliflower raw and not worry, you might well find that you have a hard time getting them to eat it like this! Not only that, but boiling the cauliflower will help to soften it, thereby making it easier to digest.
But there are a couple of caveats and risks to consider, so make sure you keep reading to learn what those are.