Can Dogs Eat Lettuce? Yes, Lettuce can be given to dogs because lettuce does not carry any toxic substance posing any risk to dogs. Lettuce has 90% water and has a low-calorie count.
How should you give Lettuce to Dogs?
The best way to give lettuce to dogs is to give them raw. Lettuce that is prepared for human consumption has salt, oil and other herbs, all of which can be toxic for dogs. You can also steam the lettuce but the nutrition value of lettuce will go down after steaming it however it will be easier to digest by dogs.
Things to remember while preparing lettuce for dogs:
- Clean lettuce properly in water since they carry E.Coli at times which can make dogs really sick.
- Always chop lettuce and then give to dogs, big lettuce pieces are difficult to digest by smaller dogs.
- Do not add any sugar, salt, oil or herbs.
How Is Lettuce Good For Dogs?
There are following vitamins and nutrients found in lettuce:
- Vitamin A: Improves vision, immune system and keeps skin healthy.
- Vitamin C: An anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory that strengthens the immune system.
- Vitamin K: Improves blood calcium levels and improves blood clotting capability.
- Rich source of fiber and beta-carotene.
How Is Lettuce Bad For Dogs?
Lettuce is good for dogs if given in small pieces and in moderation to dogs. If lettuce is given in large amounts, then your dog may not be able to digest it properly and show symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and/or bloating.
How Much Lettuce can be given to Dogs?
A piece of lettuce once in a while is good for your dog. Anything which is beyond 20% of daily calorie count in the form of lettuce is bad.
Fact: As a thumb rule by experts, 10% of calorie in dogs should come from treats or snacks and fruit/vegetables should not contribute more than 20% of dog calorie count.