Dog Health, Pet Tips

Can Dogs Eat Zucchini?

April 30, 2022

Can Dogs Eat Zucchini?

dogs zucchiniI kind of already answered this question the other day, when I posted about winter squash.  As I said in that post, “all varieties of squash are safe for dogs to eat.”  Zucchini is a squash!  It’s a type of summer squash, rather than the winter squashes I posted about previously.  But it is a squash, nonetheless, and yes, zucchini,  like all other squashes, is safe for dogs!

Do Dogs Like Zucchini?

Mine do!  Surprisingly, even my Mr.Fen will eat it.  Most people don’t eat it raw, but it’s perfectly ok to offer pieces of raw zucchini to your dog.  Of course, you can also feed it cooked – as long as you cook it plain without any seasoning.  I wouldn’t offer your pup fried zucchini, even if you enjoy it yourself.  But grilled, baked, steamed, or boiled are all fine for your dog.  I personally prefer it grilled, so my dogs have only ever tried it grilled and raw.

Benefits Of Feeding Dogs Zucchini

dogs zucchiniZucchini is relatively low in calories.  If your dog enjoys it and needs to shed some pounds, grated zucchini could make a good food topper.  If your dog will chew on it raw, it can also be used as a healthy, low calorie snack.

Zucchinis contain lots of good stuff like vitamins B and C, calcium, folate, beta-carotene, and fiber.

Any Precautions?

Nothing major!  Like any new food, you’ll want to introduce zucchini slowly.  Too much of it at once, especially if your dog has never had it before, may cause stomach upset.  If you are feeding cooked zucchini that you prepared for yourself your best bet is to feed only plain pieces to your dog.  If you do decide to share some kind of zucchini dish, make sure all the other ingredients in the recipe are dog safe!

Unlike the winter squash that I posted about before, it’s perfectly fine to allow your dog to consume zucchini seeds and skin.

Looking for more ideas for healthy “human” foods you can share with your dog?  Check out my other blogging from A to Z challenge posts!

Remember that no one food, no matter how healthy it is, will be a complete diet for your dog.  Zucchini is an awesome snack, but it should only be fed in addition to a healthy, well balanced diet.

dogs zucchiniAnd with that – Z is for zucchini, we have reached the end of the April 2022 Blogging from A to Z challenge!  It’s been real, and it’s been fun – but has it been real fun?  I’m sure my dogs, Kitsune and Fenrir would say so!  I normally give them bits of dog safe ‘human’ foods as snacks, but upped the snack game for sure this April so that I could get lots of pictures for my (almost) daily food posts.

My biggest challenge completing the A to Z challenge this year was the fact that my laptop, sadly, stopped working about a week into April.  I’ve been having to work, and blog,  evenings and nights using my partner’s computer after he’s done working on it for the day.  I’m exhausted.  Although I’m sure Kit and Fen will be disappointed that the month of snacks is over, I’m going to very much enjoy going back to my once a week blogging schedule!

Thank you so much to everyone who’s stopped by to visit our challenge posts!  I hope you maybe learned something new, and were motivated to add some fresh foods to your dogs diet.

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  • Reply greyzoned at Angels Bark Blog April 30, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Congrats on finishing the A-Z Challenge! What a month, huh? You’ve had an excellent series and I’m so glad I found your blog. Will definitely be following you so we’ll stay in touch. Thanks for all the great tips!
    Now get some rest… 🙂

    Michele at Angels Bark

  • Reply Donna April 30, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you for the A-Z Challenge, I loved it! It has been great opening each new email and reading what else I can feed my dogs and grand puppies. I am very careful what I feed them, and your list has been very informative of additional foods they can eat, that I never thought of before. I make their treats, no buying any of that junk that could be laced with poison! I also cook green beans and carrots to be warmed up and fed along with their kibble at dinner time. I am so glad I found your blog! Keep up the good work!

    • Reply Michelle @ Paw Print Pet Blog May 1, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you! What type of treats do your little ones enjoy? I do the same thing, for the most part, and make my own treats. So much healthier and the dogs love them!

  • Reply Terri April 30, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    What a fun challenge! I would never have thought about giving zucchini to my dog, Henry. I will offer him a bit this summer and see if he likes it.

    I hope you can get some rest now that your challenge is over. You’ve earned it!

  • Reply Robin April 30, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Zucchini is delcious! It’s great that dogs can share it with you. I don’t think the same is true of cats. They are obligate carnivores and can eat very few vegetables. Congratulations on the A-Z challenge! That is really an accomplishment. In all of the years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve never taken it on.

  • Reply Beth May 1, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    Zucchini is a favorite snack around here for my dogs and tortoise. Congratulations on completing the A to Z challenge!

  • Reply Ruth Epstein May 1, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Layla gets zucchini in her home cooked food, have been feeding it to her for years. She loves it

  • Reply Cathy Armato May 2, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Congrats on completing the challenge! You know, I never gave my dogs zucchini, I’ll have to try it! It’s so healthy & probably high in fiber too.

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