It’s not recommended that you feed your dog broad beans due to the high levels of phytohemagglutinin found in them. It sounds scary, but this compound is a lectin that’s naturally found in many plants and is perfectly fine for humans to eat. However, it makes dogs very ill and can cause intense vomiting.
Are beans safe for dogs?
The good news is that not all beans will have this effect on your pet. Beans are great as a meat alternative and offer your dog a plant based protein which can be added to meals.
Dogs are able to eat lots of different types of beans such pinto beans, kidney beans and black beans. Chickpeas are also dog-friendly and packed with nutrients such as iron and phosphorus, which are a healthy addition to your pet’s diet. Canned beans and baked beans are not recommended, instead you should opt for boiled or dry beans with no preservatives or flavours.
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