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Can Dogs Have Quinoa?

Quinoa is a very rich source of carbohydrates and proteins along with being full of vitamin B12. These nutrients and other essential nutrients being in abundance in quinoa make it an extremely healthy option for a meal to give your dog. Quinoa can be very healthy for dogs only if given in the right proportions in the dog’s meal. If the correct amount is not maintained then it may lead to certain problems.

Quinoa has a very large proportion of oxalates which are said to affect the digestive system of dogs and resulting in diarrhea, stomach upsets, vomiting and in some cases even nerve damage. This is a main reason why some people swear off from giving quinoa to their dogs. These problems occur mostly if quinoa is served in its raw form to dogs. If the quinoa is properly cooked then the chances of these harms occurring to your dog are reduced. It is safer to consult your vet before introducing quinoa into your pet’s diet. He/she will be in a better position to give you the right dosage for quinoa.

Apart from these concerns, quinoa can be a great food source for your dog. Nowadays even the large dog food manufacturing companies are introducing a certain amount of quinoa into their ingredients to avail the best nutrients it has to offer. The amazing anti oxidant power that the quinoa has is believed to be a great healing property and inherent quality in the quinoa. Thus it is safe to say that quinoa is a good food for dogs.

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