Health benefits of celery
Now, most of the nutritional benefits for your dog should be derived from his dog food. Meaning the dog food is fully contained with all the required nutrients.
But, if you must feed your dog some celery, here are the main nutritional benefits of doing so:
- Celery is low in cholesterol and fat.
- It is also an excellent source of fiber and contains vitamins A, K, and C.
- It also has potassium, manganese, and folate.
This veggie will also help to freshen up your dog’s breath and make his gums strong as it is quite crunchy.
Risks of serving your dog celery
Celery can pose a choking danger for your dog, especially if you feed it to the young puppies. Make sure that you cut it into very small pieces before feeding it to your dog.
According to experts, it is always a good idea to introduce any new foods to your dogs’ diet in moderation. Though healthy, you must give small portions at first, until your dog’s body becomes accustomed to that type of food.
Too much celery will cause your dog to urinate a little too much.
How do you serve your dog celery?
Dogs can eat celery both raw and cooked. Raw celery that is chopped into small sizes is perfect because it reduces the chances of chocking. You can smear some peanut butter on it to make it much tastier for your dog.
Cooked celery is also good because it is soft and easy to chew. It is also very good for older dogs that are missing a few teeth. Boiling or steaming celery is the best thing, but do not fry as the oil may not be too good for your dog’s digestion.
Here’s how to help your dog eat celery:
Now, if your dog is a picky eater and has probably refused to eat any celery at all, you can try the following to help encourage him;
- Let it be clear to him that there are no other options if he doesn’t eat what is before him, there will be no other food for him. This may sound harsh but it helps even with other dog food.
- Stay strong and no matter how much he looks at you with those droopy irresistibly eyes, you must not give him any more treats or snacks. These are what ultimately mess with his appetite and diet.
- Set out the food for at least 30 minutes and if he refuses to eat, just remove it. Do this again at the next meal time until he eats the food.
- If you want to switch from one brand of dog food to another, ensure to do this in small quantities and gradually, to allow him time to adjust to the new flavor.
- If the dog is normally a very good feeder and suddenly doesn’t want to eat anything, take him to the vet immediately.
You know how to serve it, now let’s take a look at some yummy recipes.
Delicious dog friendly celery recipes
Chicken and celery recipe
- Minced chicken meat – about 2lb.
- 1 cup of macaroni.
- 1 cup of rice.
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 carrot.
- Gravy powder 1 tablespoonful – this should be low-sodium
- 5 cups of plain water.
- Cook the chicken without adding any oil and then, in another bowl, boil the pasta and the rice as well. Make sure these are well cooked or soft enough to eat.
- Add all the water that has remained to the chicken mixture.
- Chop the celery and carrots very finely, or grate them or put in a food processor. Add them to the chicken mixture and cook till soft.
- Once the chicken, carrots, and celery are soft enough, add in the macaroni and rice.
- Use some little boiling water to mix the gravy mixture. Make a paste and then stir it into the mixture.
- Allow everything to cool down for some few minutes before giving it to your dog.
- This can last for 3 days, so, refrigerate in an airtight container.
Celery, turkey and cucumber recipe
When you want to feed your dog a light, rejuvenating and detoxifying meal, celery and cucumber combination are a perfect choice.
This recipe offers great nutrients to your dog and provides cleansing qualities as well.
You will need the following;
- 910 g or 2 pounds of ground turkey.
- 5 ounces or 100 g of sardines – this is roughly 1 can.
- ½ cup of celery that has been pureed.
- ½ cup or 70 g of pureed cucumber.
- 1 tablespoon bone meal.
- 1 tablespoon alfalfa powder.
- 1 teaspoon of kelp.
- 1 teaspoon of dulse.
In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together. The turkey, in this case, will be served raw.
Now, dulse is a sea vegetable just like kelp, and it is a very good source of calcium.
Final say on feeding dogs celery
Remember that celery should not be the main meal for your dog unless you prepare it using the recipes above. Your dogs’ diet should solely comprise of good quality dog food that you have already checked for the correct ingredients.
Any additions to your dog’s diet other than dog food should be given in moderation, and always ensure to look out for negative side effects.