We are here to answer the question, “Can dogs eat cucumber?”
Humans love cucumber and eat them as part of a healthy diet. But are cucumbers good for dogs?
The short answer is yes, dogs can safely eat cucumbers. And it’s a low-calorie hydrating treat that may help with inflammation and high blood pressure. But like any human treat, you should be limiting the amount of cucumber you are feeding them.
Read on, as we look at all aspects of “Can dogs have cucumber?”
Can Dogs Eat Cucumber?
Firstly, we usually think of cucumbers as vegetables but they are actually a fruit. Cucumbers are part of the Cucurbitaceae plant family that includes melons and squashes.
They also have seeds and grow from a flowering plant.
Cucumbers also come in different varieties. They are usually 12 inches or longer and usually have smooth skin.
But there are also seedless varieties and shorter ones usually destined for the pickle jar.
There are even those unusual looking ones called sea cucumbers! But to be clear, we’re going to be looking at those fresh, crunchy cucumbers that grow in the garden.
So, we all know cucumbers are great for us, but “Can dogs have cucumber?”
Is Cucumber For Dogs Safe?
Overall, cucumber is safe for dogs.
Cucumber in itself is not poisonous and most dogs will not be allergic to cucumbers in any way. If your dog does experience a rare, adverse reaction, call the vet immediately.
You also need to be mindful of the size of cucumber you are feeding your dog and the overall amount.
A large piece can be a choking hazard. So, be sure to cut cucumbers up into manageable bite-size pieces for your dog.
And giving your Lab too many treats can be detrimental to your Lab. Even, cucumbers.
Ensure you are only feeding your dog a small amount as a treat. A good rule of thumb is that treats should only make up 10% of your dog’s diet.
Too much of any human food can cause an upset stomach like gastrointestinal issues.
Can Puppies Eat Cucumber?
So, cucumber for dogs is safe. But can puppies can eat cucumber too?
Similar to adult dogs, be sure that cucumber is not the only main food source or snack that you feed your puppy. Puppies need proper nutrition even more than adult dogs do.
Always cut up the cucumbers into smaller pieces for puppies. They have tinier teeth that need smaller food amounts so that they don’t choke on their food.
And make sure your puppy is also getting all the proper nutrition they need to grow strong and healthy. Feeding them treats to help train them, such as cucumber, is a great way to get nutritious snacks into them.
Is Cucumber Good For Dogs?
So, are cucumbers good for dogs?
Yes. Compared to many other high-calorie dog treats, cucumbers are healthy for dogs. They are a good low-cholesterol, low-fat, and low-sodium treat for your dog. One cup of cucumbers has 16 calories.
Cucumbers are also a good source of hydration because they are approximately 95% water.
And they are packed with nutrients and minerals for dogs:
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
Cucumbers are also rich in fiber and contain beta-carotene and manganese. They even have been shown to reduce inflammation and help control high blood sugar in animal studies.
However, all these nutrients and minerals are minimal when you feed your dog small amounts of cucumber. They should already be given as a part of their daily kibble or canned dog food.
So, while cucumber has health benefits, it is not an essential addition to your dog’s diet by any means.
Now that’s we’ve answered the question, “Can dogs have cucumber?” Let’s take a look at specific instances of cucumber.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Cucumbers?
Yes, raw cucumber is fine for dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Cooked Cucumbers?
Cooking cucumber for your dog is fine too. It may even be appealing to mix it in with their regular dog food. Just remember to keep the portions small.
Can Dogs Eat Cucumber Skin
Yes. Cucumber skin is generally safe for dogs to eat.
One concern to consider is if cucumbers, or any vegetables for that matter, have been sprayed with pesticides. Therefore, it’s good to feed your dog organic cucumbers, or wash them thoroughly and peel them just to be sure.
Can Dogs Eat Cucumber Seeds?
Cucumber seeds are safe for dogs. The seeds in cucumber can be scooped out with a spoon, or left whole inside the cucumber for eating.
Can Dogs Eat Pickled Cucumbers?
While having a few pickled cucumbers wouldn’t be terrible, it is not recommended. Pickles can contain spices and excess amounts of salt. And both are not necessary and could be harmful to your pup.
Should I Give My Dog Cucumber?
First of all, does your Lab like cucumber? While most dogs seem like they’ll eat anything, in reality, most dogs have their own specific tastes.
Cucumbers do not have a strong smell, but there’s always a chance your dog won’t like the taste or smell of cucumbers. Some dogs also don’t like the consistency of cucumber, while others find it delicious. Every dog is different.
You can test it out by giving your Lab a small piece of cucumber. If your dog spits out the cucumber skin, they probably aren’t a fan.
If they do like it, you may be wondering, “Can dogs have cucumbers every day?”
As with anything, feed your dog cucumbers in moderation. When you first give your dog cucumbers, wait a while before feeding them the next one just in case of any adverse reaction.
If you experience an adverse reaction with any food, not just cucumbers, as always, call your vet immediately.
Chopped or sliced cucumbers can be a good treat especially for dogs who are overweight.
It can be a challenge trying to get your Lab to eat anything healthy when they’re on a diet.
But if they enjoy cucumbers, definitely give them this tasty, low-calorie treat as a healthy snack.
It’s important to keep dogs at a healthy weight, as excess weight can cause pressure on their joints and aggravate pre-existing conditions, such as arthritis.
How To Prepare Cucumber for Dogs
First, make sure all of the plastic-wrap is off if it comes in packaging! And of course, you should first wash the cucumber.
You can also peel them if you’re concerned about pesticides of if you think it might be hard or too fibrous on your dog’s stomach.
If you give your dog cucumber you must also cut it into thin slices or small diced cubes. Whole cucumbers could potentially be a choking risk, so it’s best to stay on the safe side. This is especially true for puppies.
You can try mixing a small amount of chopped cucumber with your dog’s food. Or you can give it as a small snack.
Alternatives To Cucumber For Dogs
Keeping your dog in good health by giving them a combination of nutritious food and healthy, tasty snacks will ensure that your dog lives a long and happy life.
Here are a few other healthy, alternative snacks for your Lab.
And remember, there are some things you should always avoid giving your dog, like chocolate.
Can Dogs Eat Cucumber? Summary:
So if you’re asking, “Can dogs have cucumber?” the answer is yes.
However, always be sure to cut the cucumber up into smaller pieces. A large piece can pose a choking hazard to your dog.
And as with any treat, moderation is key. Feeding a dog too much of any one thing can cause them to have digestive problems such as gas, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Overall, cucumbers are a great treat option. They are both safe and nutritious for you to give your Lab on a hot sunny day as a refreshing and crunchy treat.
Do you feed your dog cucumber? Let us know your experiences in the comments below!
References And Further Reading
- Burke, A. (2017) “Can Dogs Eat Cucumbers?” American Kennel Club (AKC).
- Leili, M. et al. “Determination of Pesticides Residues in Cucumbers Grown in Greenhouse and the Effect of Some Procedures on Their Residues.” Iranian Journal of Public Health.
- Szalay, J. (2017). ”Cucumbers: Health Benefits and Nutrition Facts.” Live Science.
- WebMD. (Accessed 2019). “Health Benefits of Cucumber.”
- WebMD. (Accessed 2019). “Why Cucumbers Are Good for You.”
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