Can Dogs Eat Asparagus?

Is it safe for your dog to eat Asparagus? Read more to find out.

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Dogs can safely eat asparagus. You can give them fresh stalks or cook them steamed or blanched. Dogs are omnivores and serving them most green vegetables is fine. Asparagus is a good source of vitamins including vitamin B folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber.

Note: Some dog owners have reported that feeding asparagus can cause bad odors in their dog’s gas or urine.

What do other dog owners have to say about whether their dogs can eat Asparagus or not? See comments below.

34 Comments on Can Dogs Eat Asparagus

  1. paco and fancy

    My dogs love asparagus, and it is perfectly fine for them to eat, they have shown no bad effects. I even give it to them as treats!

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  2. AK

    Just stumbled on this website, trying to figure out if dogs can eat asparagus. I just gave my two girls each their first few spears of steamed asparagus and they scarfed them down excitedly. Thanks for this site!

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  3. jlock

    I have given my dog asparagus several times now…He has a tendancy to have a very sensative stomach, and some vegatables give him definate problems that I have unfortunately spent hours of cleaning regretting(he’s a 120-pound German Shepard, so you do the math). However, asparagus has never caused him any problems and he seems to love it. If I don’t give him veggies he knaws at my house plants. In other words, I think it’s fine if their individual digestive systems tolerate it well as it is a huge source of vitamins and fiber that dogs crave.

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  4. Michael Lorenzo

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  5. Jelly Bean

    What is human food?
    Dog food is only “human food” ground up and extruded into pellets. Often times it uses pretty poor quality ingredients and lots of chemical preservatives.

    The fresher the better. The more “human food” you can give your dog the better, as long as it isn’t the few items dogs have intolerances to. But if you want to feed your dog only home made stuff make sure you do your research so you are feeding a balanced diet.

    It’s training that will prevent your dog from getting into your garden, mooching and eating garbage. Brush your dogs teeth, it’s better then feeding kibble to clean the teeth.

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  6. Arden Walk

    Re: comment above – Michael Lorenzo

    You mean you’d rather feed our dog processed food over fresh greens? What kind of logic is that?

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  7. Buttercup

    I’ve been making my dog’s food since she joined our family 6 years ago and she has the most beautiful coat.
    The vet said there is nothing wrong with it and, in fact, encourages it. He says it is because of her diet that her coat is so gorgeous.

    All I can say, is check with your vet and tell them what the diet consists of…she eats what I eat (except for the items dogs shouldn’t eat…grapes, etc.)

    At least I never have a ‘recall’ on the food I’m giving her.

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  8. Peggy

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  9. Jason

    awesome… my wife is cooking asparagus, now I know I can sneak it to the dog when she’s not looking!

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  10. BONNIE EVANS

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  12. Ashley

    It is 3:30 AM where I am right now and it’s because twice in the past hour my dog has messed his kennel and we are cleaning it…again. In the past 2-3 months our dog has gotten violently ill in the middle of the night and every time it’s been because he has found a few scraps of asparagus on the dining room floor that one or both of our toddlers have dropped.

    He is a 9 month old 50 lb. black lab/boxer mix puppy that will be at least 75 lbs. at maturity. Just a heads up – some dogs CANNOT handle asparagus! It makes him sick at both ends and it is a HUGE mess. We’re talking bowels and vomit exploding at least twice after he’s ingested it.

    We’ve never intentionally fed it to him; he just finds little pieces here and there but it always makes him sick. From now on we’re going to have to be more careful about finding ALL the food around and under the dinner table before letting him near it.

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  13. Greetings from dog owner i Norway

    I maybe some dogs that get ill by eating asparagus – i wouldn’t know.

    But I just got a tip from a veterinary about asparagus that may come in handy. If you suspect that the dog has digested something sharp that may cause damage (paper clip or other small household thing), give some cooked asparagus. The asparagus will “rap” the object and let it pass without damaging the stomach or intestines. But – always contact the vet!

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  14. DobieGirl

    My dog has had asparagus before without any issues. She seems to prefer overcooked asparagus (soggy) than nice crisp stalks like we enjoy. Of course I’d prefer to give her more crisp asparagus since it has more nutritional value. I would recommend dicing up the asparagus to help the dog digest better since their systems are better at digesting meat than veggies + dogs (at least my dog) isn’t the best at chewing food and better at swallowing it whole.

    Of course, some dogs will have different sensitivities, my dog is no stranger to diarrhea but she can tolerate pretty much every veggie we’ve thrown her way. I think the bottom line is that asparagus is not harmful for the dog and is ok to give as long as your dog isn’t sensitive to it.

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  15. Deb

    I had to fence in my asparagus patch because the dogs love it. When I cut, I do the trimming right there and throw them over the fence for the dogs. They couldn’t be happier.

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  18. Sal

    My dogs freak out when we pick our asparagus in the garden. They cannot wait for us to trim the base of the stalks and toss it to them. It has never had any negative impact on our dogs, and serves as quite a healthy treat.

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  19. Spencer

    all vegetables have to be mashed or pulsed due to the inability of dogs systems to be able to digest the outside of the vegetable, no enzymes to do this, maybe this is why the dogs became sick, I pulse a lb. of asparagus in the homeade food I give them because on one site I saw that it may prevent some forms of cancer, they have not gotten sick, one of my dogs is a pit bull with IBS so she has a hard time with all fiber but somehow does well on the asparagus.

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  20. Lena

    hahaha my female dog wilol eat anything but she dosnt like aspergaus (she must get that from meh) but my sis’s dog liks it

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  21. amber

    my butiful dog loves asparagus he almost ate a hole can of asparagus by his self he his only 7monthes old i love my papilon

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  23. Cathy

    I just fed my dogs (black Labs) asparagus for the first time and was shocked at how they ate it up and begged for more! I have been trying to introduce different veggies to their BARF diet to balance out the protein of chicken, tuna, cheese and eggs. They liked this a LOT better than spinach, LOL!! Commercial dog food is the worst, and it amazes me how many people don’t have the sense to think “what did dogs eat before commercial dog food was invented in 1860?”. Just a little tip, it’s better to cook the veggies you give your dog because of their short digestive system. They absorb more nutrients from cooked vegetables than raw ones. Since boiling veggies removes more nutrients, give them steamed veggies, and there’s lots of microwaved steamed veggie options in the freezer section of your supermarket these days. You wouldn’t raise your kids on fast food only, so why would you give commercial dog food to your dog? Natural ‘people food’ is better for us and our little friends :)

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  24. Caroline

    We gave our 12 lb Pomeranian a few leftover asparagus spears last night after dinner and woke up this morning to a horrific smelling bedroom. She went #1 and #2 all over the carpet and it took forever to clean up. She still continues to go #2 so we have had to put her outside or in her kennel. I don’t think asparagus is poisonous for dogs but it certainly seems like to have a laxative/diuretic effect on her.

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  25. irene

    my dog has cancer and he gets 2 cans asparagus speras a day,it sopouse to fight cancer, a lot of people dont know whats in dogfood amd i didnt know either until i start doing resarch because of my dogs diagnosis, i used a very good dogfood akana, but i got chills when i found out that schelters surender the carvasa to companies who make dogfood,and animals with all kind of diseases are used in our pets food , that is very sick and sad u try to do ur best for ur pet and u actually kill them, just like they want u to vacinate ur pet but it gives them cancer, sick or cancerf dogs cant not even have vaccines but unless u know, they just do what they want to us, sad world

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  26. irene

    my dog has cancer and he gets 2 cans asparagus speras a day,it sopouse to fight cancer, a lot of people dont know whats in dogfood amd i didnt know either until i start doing resarch because of my dogs diagnosis, i used a very good dogfood akana, but i got chills when i found out that schelters surender the carvasa to companies who make dogfood,and animals with all kind of diseases are used in our pets food , that is very sick and sad u try to do ur best for ur pet and u actually kill them, just like they want u to vacinate ur pet but it gives them cancer, sick or cancerf dogs cant not even have vaccines but unless u know, they just do what they want to us, sad world oh yes also the bad smell comes from detoxing there body u can actually drink the juice from asparagus to cleanse or rather detox ur body

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  27. Sarah

    My chihuahua mix loves all veggies. We steam fresh asparagus, but he likes the skin that I peel off at the bottom off the stalk. It looks like grass shreds and he eats it like it’s meat.

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  28. florent

    i give my dog asparagus, string beans, brocoli, and all the greens that are good for her. she’s very healthy and she loves it.

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  29. Candace

    I make my own dog food following a basic recipe and then add in whatever vegetables I have on hand. The last time I added asparagus. My big shepherd mix mutt was absolutely fine with it and loved it but my Welsh Corgi got sick (finally figured out what was causing his loss of appetite and diarrhea). I guess it depends on the individual dog as to how well it will be tolerated. At least now I know better!

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  30. Luna Nordstrom

    Our lab mix puppy just ate an entire stalk of asparagus–growing in the yard!–down to the ground. I came here to see if it was bad for her, but looks like she’ll be okay! Sad for us if we don’t find the rest first!

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  31. Staci Hiuett

    My dog CANNOT eat asparagus. Diarrhea and vomiting after ingesting one spear! I had another dog that absolutely loved it.

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  32. Ray

    I saw my dog eating grass, and throwing up. I found this site. I gave my dog raw asparagus. She likes it so much. She has no problems with it. Now I will have to wait and see how it affects her system.

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  33. susan brown

    I steam my Asparagus and then save the water….My dogs Jester and Kash L O V E Asparagus….I give them the water after it cools. Vitamins Baby Cakes :) Vitamins mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmYUMM!

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  34. susan brown

    I feed my dogs all sorts of veggies…They LOVE asparagus…save the water if you boil or steam. Mine love the (cooled off) water it was cooked in. Vitamins baby cakes!

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