Can my dog eat cauliflower?

Yes, when prepared properly and not served too often.

A healthy source of vitamins A, B6, C, and K; fiber; and a fun crunch, cauliflower also have two negatives that make it a food best served once in a while.

The hard stalk can cause obstruction of the esophagus and should be completely avoided, even if it is steamed or boiled. The cauliflower florets contain isothiocyanates, which makes them good anti-cancer candidates for humans, but have a different reaction in dogs. Isothiocyanates can cause severe gastric irritation in dogs. That means, at the very least, your dog will fart like a human after eating broccoli. At worst, the isothiocyanates may cause damage in the gut.

Other foods known to contain isothiocyanates and should be monitored before giving them to your dog are broccoli, Brussel sprouts, capers, watercress, radish, mustard, horseradish, wasabi and papaya seeds.

Serving size should be limited to 1 or 2 florets per dog depending on size.


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