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Can dogs eat squash and zucchini


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Can dogs eat squash and zucchini?

A:

A study done by Dr. William Boeglin (University of Florida) and Dr. Jennifer Miller (The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champgn) suggests that many dogs can eat zucchini.

In the experiment, 10 dogs ate a diet contning either a high percentage of raw, fresh zucchini or a low percentage of raw, fresh zucchini. A second experiment compared the performance of 20 dogs fed a diet contning raw, fresh zucchini or raw, fresh watermelon to 20 dogs fed a diet contning raw, fresh beef. There were no significant differences in the physical and behavior scores, or the percent of food consumed, between the dogs fed zucchini and the dogs fed beef. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 1998 Sep 1,210(3):345-9)

It also seems safe, as mentioned by an answer to a similar question here. The only potential side effects of squash and zucchini consumption are gas and diarrhea.

Source: http://www.vetinfo.com/article/155510/zucchini/Can-dogs-eat-squash-and-zucchini.html

A:

According to the ASPCA:

There are no known health risks associated with feeding zucchini to dogs.

The ASPCA also says that as long as the diet contns high levels of vitamin C, it is healthy. Zucchini is high in vitamin C.

Also, this article clms that squash is okay for dogs, although it does not seem to mention zucchini specifically.

A:

Zucchini is very high in vitamin C and very low in sodium. If the amount of Zucchini in the diet is high enough (around 10% for a small dog) it will not contribute to the sodium in the diet at all, while being a great source of Vitamin C.

Here's a quote from the Zucchini article.

High in vitamin C

A single large zucchini contns up to 100 mg of vitamin C

(calculated on a dry weight basis), and a medium one contns up to

60 mg, whereas a small one contns up to 30 mg.

Zucchini is a good source of dietary fiber

(2 to 5 g per 100 g), providing 3 to 4 times more than carrots and

4 times more than tomatoes.

The ASPCA article says (highlights mine):

There are no known health risks associated with feeding zucchini to dogs.

However, be sure to keep the amount of squash in your dog’s diet

low. The amount in a dog’s diet should not be more than 15 percent of

the total food fed to the dog each day. If your dog eats a lot of

zucchini and you are worried about the amount of potassium in zucchini

and squash, talk to your veterinarian. Potassium levels in the food

may be high enough to cause a problem, but it is also possible that

your dog’s body can easily handle the amount of potassium in the

zucchini.

There is a video that shows a dog eating a large zucchini. It looks safe.

Here's the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX0cRmqeHnQ


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