Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Can Dogs Eat Cauliflower?

Sometimes when I'm at the grocery store, I browse the produce section and wonder if there's any new fruits and vegetables I can let Shiner try. If I'm feeling creative, I will try to think up ideas to turn the produce into tasty dog treats.

This week, I saw a nice looking head of cauliflower. Shiner has not tried cauliflower before, and it's been a long time since I've eaten it too so I picked it up and put it in my cart.


Of course, I've never heard that it's bad for dogs to eat Cauliflower so I had to search the internet to make sure. Just in case.

Can dogs eat cauliflower? The answer is yes, but in moderation as is the case with many treats. Cauliflower can make your dog gassy, so if you want to avoid it you might just feed a little bit at a time.

Other than that, cauliflower is a healthy snack for dogs and can be fed either fresh or cooked. Cauliflower is very similar to broccoli, but broccoli tends to have more flavor.

One interesting thing I just learned about cauliflower is that it contains isothiocyanate which is a carcinogen blocker and can prevent cancer cells from spreading. It's also a good source of vitamins and fiber for your dog.


Shiner was very curious in finding out what my head of cauliflower was. She kept trying to bite pieces off and she might think it's a toy. I'm sure she'd have a blast shredding it...

Stop by here tomorrow and we will share a tasty cauliflower dog treat recipe!


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32 comments:

  1. Really? Thanks for raising this question, as I never knew the answer either!

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    1. Like most things, I just assumed it was OK. It's easy to remember the bad stuff, but sometimes I think the good stuff gets overlooked!

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  2. of all the vegetables i give bailey, cauliflower is her favorite.
    wags, bailey unleashed

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    1. Oh really? That is awesome! We'll be eating cauliflower today and will see how Shiner likes it!

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  3. thanks for the information, I thought it's noz good for dogs, but now I can share it with Easy... Shiner I'm sure you can decorate the whole house with that cauliflower-ball :o)

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  4. Great, more veggies. I'm not a veggie loving dog, but I'm sure I will have to try this now in the near future.

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    1. BOL - well it will be good for you Emma! Shiner is also not a veggie loving dog. She will eat them if they are cooked or made into treats though.

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  5. Our pup Daphne loves both broccoli and cauliflower. I tried to grow them in the garden this year, and both disappeared. I couldn't figure it out at first. Then I saw Daphne come slinking out of the rows with a broccoli plant in her mouth!
    Brat! :P

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    1. Sounds like she likes her veggies fresh ;)

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  6. I have given Dakota broccoli before and he loves it. Actually I have yet to find a food that he DOESN'T love! Will have to try giving him some cauliflower too.
    DakotasDen

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    1. Well that's good! Shiner doesn't seem to love veggies, but she will eat them. Or she'll just chew them up and leave them on the carpet... lol

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  7. Thanks for the information on Cauliflower. I never checked to see of they could or could not et cauliflower. My dogs love to eat cauliflower and broccoli.

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    1. Most of the time, the good things don't get as much "publicity" as the bad things. As long as we all know what NOT to feed, we are probably safe!

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  8. Never thought about cauliflower

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  9. Oh, I bet Shiner would shred that to bits for you Miss Ann. You know, you can make mashed cauliflower for you and Shiner...like mashed potatoes but much healthier. I wonder if you all would like that?
    Oz

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    1. That's a good idea Oz, and I've seen some recipes like that before that we may have to try soon. My 3 year old LOVES mashed taters, so I bet she would eat that right up.

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  10. I usually only buy cauliflower if I'm making a vegetable tray, but I should pick up a head sometime just for us and Haley to try. For some reason, I tend to overlook it when I'm in the produce aisle.

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  11. GREAT! Its my favorite vegetable and doing some recipes with cauliflower :-) for our up-coming book. Can't wait to see your recipe. Golden Woofs

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  12. You know, I have never thought about feeding them cauliflower!!! LOL!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  13. Mom won't eat it so guess I never get to find out! Love Dolly

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  14. I love veggies and now I need to try some cauliflower! Thanks for sharing this great post!!! :)

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  15. Shiner is so cute! It looks like she can't wait to get a hold of that cauliflower. I have a feeling that you will have to enforce the whole "moderation" thing on this one.

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  16. Faraday: doesn't everything make a dog gassy? Maxwell: DOOD. Or rather, should I say, "pot, meet kettle"?

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  17. I use cauliflower for Cookie refularly, rotated with other veggies.

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  18. We'll be interested to see if Shiner likes whatever you make her out of that cauliflower. :)

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  19. We love cauliflower raw and cooked at our house. Kilo and I often share a few little pieces plus carrot sticks. I am planning to try a pizza recipe for my daughter as she is gluten free but I'll take a bit of the crust and test as treats for Kilo XS

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  20. looks like she wants to play with it ,xx Rachel

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  21. I could see Luke wanting to grab that and munch away at it too! :) We tried zucchini with the dogs this last weekend. It was a no-go raw but when I baked it with cheese and bread crumbs on it, it was a hit!

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  22. The trick to getting any dog to eat their veggies is to put melted coconut oil on it and mix it around. Dogs love coconut oil and it's great for them. That's how I get my dogs looking forward to eating their veggies. Their favs are cauliflower, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoe!

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