Can Dogs Eat Peas?

With spring finally here, it is time for many of us who love to work in the soil to start planning our yearly garden.  I know that, for myself, it is my most favorite time of year next to harvesting what I have grown.

I try to limit my small amount of space to those vegetables that my furry companion and I prefer.  Although not everything I grow can I share, due to whether or not it is safe for dogs, I try to grow what I can for us both.

This brings me to this question—can dogs eat peas?  I love sugar snap peas myself, but lately, I have wondered if my furry companion may like them too—but are they safe?

In my research, I found that the short answer is yes—but with a few caveats.  There are many health benefits for both humans and dogs, from the addition of peas to their diets.  If you read the ingredients in many of the commercial dog foods on the market today, peas are noted.

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Peas are not toxic or poisonous to dogs.  On the contrary, they are high in vitamins A, B, and K, as well as the minerals zinc, potassium, and iron.  Add in the fact that peas are an excellent natural source of fiber or our furry friends.

It is essential that you only feed your furry companion fresh or frozen peas.  It is not suggested that you feed them canned peas due to the extra sodium content they contain.  Also, keep in mind that while we humans can safely consume peas in their pods, they can quickly become a choking hazard for our companions.

It is also worth noting that those furry companions suffering from kidney issues should not consume peas.  Peas contain a compound known as purine, that when your companion’s body processes it, can lead to problems resulting from kidney stone formation.