Can my dog eat lettuce?

Yes, dogs can eat lettuce. Made mostly of chlorophyll and water, lettuce does not pose a poison problem for your dog, but there are still two reasons why you may not want to get in the habit of feeding your canine lettuce.

Iceberg lettuce is notorious for being one of the least nutritious foods in existence. The crunch it offers food is nice, but the minerals and water mammals derive from the food is very minimal. While other, usually darker variations of lettuce, like Romaine, offer more vitamins and minerals, the nutritional value from lettuce is still minimal at best.

Loose stool and diarrhea is another concern to keep in mind if your dog eats too much lettuce. One of the things lettuce does do well is act as a means for adding extra water to your dog’s diet. For healthy dogs, that will likely result in diarrhea. However, if your dog is dehydrated and won’t drink water, offering lettuce can be a good alternative.


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