Dogs fed a complete and balanced diet don’t need fruits and vegetables the same way humans do, but in moderation some can make healthy treats. Low-calorie, low-fat fruits and veggies are also a good treat option for pets struggling with obesity. Some human foods, however, can be toxic to dogs, which is why it is always a good idea to ask your veterinarian before feeding them a new food.
Is Celery Safe for Dogs?
Celery is listed among the vegetables that are safe for dogs by multiple sources, including the veterinary website Vetstreet.com, and is often recommended as a weight-loss treat. Celery is very low in fat and cholesterol and is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, and manganese. The crunchy veggie also might freshen up your dog’s breath.
How Much Celery Can Dogs Eat?
Since your dog’s nutritional needs should be met by their food, your pup does not need the extra nutrients in celery to stay healthy. Celery should be fed as a treat and not as a meal replacement, unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian. But how much celery can dogs eat?
Treats should not make up more than 10 percent of your dog’s daily diet, according to the AKC Canine Health Foundation. This makes it relatively easy to calculate how much celery to give your dog. All you have to do is figure out how many other treats your dog gets on a daily basis and how much food they consume. You can also ask your vet about the appropriate portion size.
Risks of Feeding Celery to Dogs
Celery can pose a choking hazard, especially for small dogs. Make sure you cut the celery into bite-size chunks before feeding it as a treat—this will also make it easier to measure out your dog’s portion size. Dr. Jerry Klein, DVM, the AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, advises introducing a new food item slowly into a dog’s diet.
All dogs are unique, and just because celery is safe for dogs does not mean it is the best treat for your pet. When in doubt, ask your vet. Check out this list of which people foods dogs can or can’t eat and talk to your vet about the best options for your dog’s health.