Arugula also know as salad rocket is an edible leafy plant. It tastes really good and is a great source for many essential nutrients like Vitamin A and Calcium, because of that we often like to use it in our sandwiches and salads. If you have bought too much salad rocket and don’t know what to do with it, then you might get the idea of feeding some arugula to your dog. But is it safe for dogs to eat arugula?
Can Dogs Eat Arugula?
The simple answer would be yes, arugula is not toxic to dogs, so a small amount of this leafy plant is okay for dogs, but only a small amount.
While arugula is packed with essential nutrients and considered quite healthy, it’s also a goitrogenic food. The problem with goitrogenic food is that it disrupts the production of thyroid hormones, which are responsible for regulating metabolism. For this reason it’s best not to feed your dog a large amount of arugula, especially raw arugula. If your dog has iodine deficiency, then it would be best to leave salad rocket and other goitrogenic food totally out of your dog’s diet.
Other Problematic Foods to Watch out For
Arugula is not the only vegetable that is bad for your dog’s metabolism in large quantities.
Other goitrogenic vegetables that dogs can only have in small amounts include broccoli, cabbage, Brussel’s sprouts, radishes, mustard greens, cauliflower, peanuts, soybeans, cassava, spinach, kale and sweet potatoes.
Cooked Arugula Is Better than Raw
Surely you have heard that most vegetables lose nutrients in the cooking process, and are therefore best eaten raw. While it is true with most vegetables, arugula and other goitrogenic foods are best eaten cooked. That’s because goitrogenic vegetables lose a great amount of goitrogens in the cooking process – cooking makes these vegetables more thyroid friendly.
To sum it up, dogs can eat arugula, but only in very small amounts. It’s also best to cook the leafy plant before offering it to your canine friend.