The grain-like seeds of the buckwheat plant are highly nutritious and gluten-free. That makes it a great alternative to rice and pasta, so buckwheat is gaining popularity among healthy eaters. Is buckwheat, though, something you can feed your dogs as well? Can dogs eat buckwheat?
Can Dogs Eat the Grain-like Seeds of the Buckwheat Plant?
The answer is yes, dogs can eat the grain-like seeds of the buckwheat plant. Naturally, you have to cook the seeds before feeding them to your dog. In fact, if you are cooking buckwheat for your dog, it’s advisable to cook the seeds for 30 minutes (instead of the regular 20) and puree them to make an easily digestible meal for your doggy.
While buckwheat puree would be a good source of carbohydrates for your dog, don’t forget about her carnivorous needs and that dogs don’t need a lot of carbohydrates in their diet.
Watch Out for the Buckwheat Plant!
While the seeds of the buckwheat plants are okay for dogs to eat, the plant itself is dangerous. According to the ASPCA, the buckwheat plant is toxic to dogs. If there’s a buckwheat field near your house, then it would be best to make sure your dog doesn’t have free access to the field. In the case your dog has ingested the buckwheat plant, contact the nearest veterinarian.