Should You Give Lentils to Your Dog

Should You Give Lentils to Your Dog

Author WDF Staff


Lentils are great for your dog, especially if your dog has canine diabetes. This plant is an excellent plant-based protein source, but it should not be used as the primary protein source. Dogs need meat protein. If you’re thinking about including lentils in your dog’s diet, here is what you should know about it.

Are lentils good for dogs?

Yes, lentils are very good for dogs. These legumes contain little to no calories, and they are absolutely packed with fiber. They will make your dog feel full for longer, and if the dog is diabetic, lentils will control the blood sugar levels from spiking. Some of the best things lentils can provide dogs are;

  • Magnesium
  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B6
  • Niacin
  • Thiamine

cup of lentils

Word of caution

Dog owners should know one thing about feeding lentils to their dogs - it will make their dogs gassy. This is, unfortunately, a side effect of feeding lentils to your dog. Still, if it is something you are adamant about, you should learn to accept it. The first time you feed lentils to your dog, start with a small amount. Check out your dog’s reaction over the next 12 hours, and only then can you be sure your dog can safely eat them.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Before you add anything new to your dog’s diet, make sure you talk to your vet about it. They know your dog’s medical history and can tell you whether a new ingredient is safe for your dog. Plus, if you provide high-quality dog food to your dog, there is usually no need to give them any human foods.

Serving ideas

There are many ways you can include lentils into your dog’s diet. Here are some of the safest and our favorite ways to do that;

  • Include them in your homemade dog food recipe
  • Serve them as dog treats instead of high-calorie dog treats
  • Mix them in your dog’s usual kibble

Make sure you avoid using salt or other spices. You might not like bland lentils, but your dog will not mind the taste. Keep spices for the human family, and give your dog only things they can safely eat.

World Dog Finder team

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