Hi, everybody! First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Stella, and I’m a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, otherwise known as a Staffie!
We Staffies are known for a couple of things. Aside from our mischievous (but very loving) temperaments, we’re also known for our enormous appetites.
All dogs are omnivorous by nature, which means that we can eat meat alongside other food sources such as vegetables and even fruit! However, there are still limitations to the foods you can feed your dog.
While most humans know that dogs can eat most kinds of meat and fish (excluding bones), many dog owners still remain confused about what kinds of vegetables they can feed their dogs. Beans are some of the most common causes of confusion because there are so many different types.
As a representative of one of the greediest dog breeds in the world, I know an awful lot about food. So, today, I’ll be discussing whether or not dogs can eat black beans!
Is it Safe for Dogs to Eat Black Beans?
So, first of all, are black beans safe for dogs to eat? The answer is yes!
In fact, not only are black beans completely safe for dogs to consume, they can actually be really beneficial health-wise!
One of the many benefits of black beans in a canine diet is that they’re a fantastic source of plant-based protein. Did you know that just half a cup of cooked black beans provides 8 grams of protein?
A rough guide to daily canine protein intake is that for every pound of their body weight, a dog should consume a gram of protein.
The average weight for a full-grown Staffie like me is about 33 pounds. However, for toy breeds like the Pomeranian, Toy Poodle, or Chihuahua, 8 grams of protein could be their entire daily recommended intake.
Additionally, black beans contain a lot of fiber to help with smooth, healthy digestion.
Vitamins and minerals contained in black beans include Vitamins C and K and manganese.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which means it’s good for combatting inflammation and infection. It’s an excellent booster for the immune system and even helps to improve brain function.
Vitamin K, meanwhile, is instrumental for blood and liver health. Vitamin K1 helps blood coagulation and improves bone health, while Vitamin K2 is also thought to promote healthy bones alongside reducing the risks of cancer and heart disease. It’s also crucial for dental health in dogs.
Finally, manganese is crucial for a healthy metabolism, so it may be especially beneficial for dogs who are overweight. It’s also known for easing digestion and may have benefits for bone and joint health.
We Staffies, for example, are prone to hip dysplasia, where our hip joints can start to catch in their sockets, causing pain and loss of mobility. Introducing black beans and other foods high in manganese into your dog’s diet can be a good way to prevent this.
Can Dogs Eat Canned Beans?
While fresh black beans are very healthy for dogs, I wouldn’t recommend feeding your dog any kind of bean from a tin or can.
Canned beans usually contain added sodium along with preservatives to increase their shelf life.
Sodium can be very dangerous for dogs in high quantities. If too much sodium is consumed, symptoms can include vomiting and diarrhea. In serious cases, seizures can occur or even death.
While preservatives are often used in dog food formulas to help them keep for longer, they’re also not necessarily the healthiest thing for your dog’s diet.
If you want to keep your dog as healthy as possible, avoid sodium and preservative-filled canned beans and opt for fresh beans instead.
Will Black Beans Hurt My Dog?
As long as they are fresh and clean, black beans should not cause any harm to your dog under normal circumstances.
However, you can have too much of a good thing. For example, if you feed your dog too many black beans, their fiber intake may become too high.
Fiber is important, but it should only comprise about 2% to 4% of your dog’s total calorie intake. If fed too much fiber, dogs can experience a change in stool consistency – either too firm or too loose. Stool frequency and volume can also be affected by excessive fiber intake.
Additionally, black beans should only be given to dogs after they have been properly cooked. If served raw, black beans can be difficult to digest and may cause unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms.
Do Beans Make Dogs Fart?
Well, that’s a bit of a personal question! But yes, beans can make dogs a little gassier than usual.
However, increased gas is also another symptom of too much fiber in a canine diet. If your dog is experiencing gas troubles accompanied by a change in stool consistency, volume, or frequency, it’s possible that they may simply be consuming too much fiber. Try adjusting their fiber levels and see if their condition improves.
If the gas is accompanied by vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, or lethargy, seek medical attention from a vet urgently.
To summarise, black beans are perfectly safe and even beneficial for canine diets! They’re a good source of protein, fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and manganese.
Therefore, they have a whole host of health benefits, including cell growth and repair, immune support, joint and bone health, and a healthy metabolism.
However, you should always cook black beans thoroughly before giving them to your dog in order to ease digestion. Moreover, the beans should always be fresh as opposed to canned to avoid sodium poisoning and excessive consumption of preservatives.
It’s possible for dogs to experience gastrointestinal upset if black beans are undercooked or consumed in excessive quantities.
Make sure to monitor your dog’s fiber intake and watch out for symptoms such as gas and stool changes.
Cooking and serving conditions aside, black beans make a healthy and nutritious addition to a dog’s diet that can help to prevent or manage health issues down the line.