Spinach is one of those cancer-fighting super-foods that every person should regularly incorporate into his or her diet. But what about dogs? Is spinach good for dogs as well? Can dogs even eat spinach?
A number of websites claim that spinach is safe and even good for dogs to eat. Unfortunately, we’ve failed to find a reliable source confirming these claims.
However, we did find that spinach is high in oxalates. Oxalate-rich food is somewhat problematic for dogs, as a large amount of oxalates can cause bladder stones and kidney problems.
Let’s not jump to conclusions, though. According to veterinary doctor Marie Haynes at AskAVetQuestion it would be almost impossible for a dog to eat enough spinach for oxalates to cause serious health problems.
Oxalates are not the only issue that makes spinach problematic for dogs. Spinach is high in sodium (30 grams of raw spinach contains 24 milligrams of sodium), and high-sodium foods can cause health problems, including salt poisoning, in dogs.
So Can Dogs Eat Spinach?
Yes, it is safe for dogs to occasionally eat a small amount of spinach.
There’s definitely no need to panic if your dog ate a leaf of spinach. In fact, you can occasionally add a few spinach leaves to homemade dog meals, as spinach contains nutrients like flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and potassium that are good for our four-legged best friends.