Can Dogs Eat Peas?

You like to roast or grill them with steak, chicken breast or baby back ribs. 

Maybe even boil them on a pot full of boiling water and mix them with all sorts of food to complement it. 

Some prefer to fry ‘em along with vegetables such as kale, asparagus or leeks. 

You may like to eat them with butter. 

And there is a disturbingly significant amount of people who prefer to eat peas from a bag straight out of the freezer. Yuck.

And as you think about more creative ways you can incorporate peas into your cooking as well as your dietary regimen, it dawns upon you on how good or bad it might be to do the same towards your dog? What upsides or downsides could there?

And this is the question we are going to tackle in this blog: 

“Can dogs eat peas?”

Astonishingly, yes! Dogs can eat green peas.

Peas in Dog Food

What Vegetables Are Good For Dogs? Are Peas One of Them?

Before we begin dissecting on how you can incorporate and include peas in your dog’s dietary regimen, it is a good idea to dissect the pea itself and see for ourselves what nutritional value it has in store for not just us humans, but for our canine companions as well.

Did you know that a pea is a vegetable, yet pea pods in the perspective and interpretation of Botany are actually fruits? Mind blowing, right?

Peas are one of the most nutritious, healthiest, (and frankly, tiniest) vegetables out there available for consumption.

In terms of nutritional content, peas contain sixty-two calories, four grams of protein, eleven to fifteen grams of carbohydrates and four grams of fiber.

As for nutritional labeling, peas contain Vitamin A which comprises thirty-four percent of the Reference Daily Intake, Vitamin C which occupies thirteen percent of the Reference Daily Intake, Vitamin K which makes up an approximate fraction of twenty-four percent of the Reference Daily Intake and Thiamine with about ten to fifteen percent of the Reference Daily Intake.

Fiber, potassium, zinc, iron, magnesium and antioxidants in addition to the ones mentioned above also are found in peas, which are also good for you and your pet health-wise.

In reference to various accounts of medical anecdotes, research, clinical testing and real-world effects, green peas may also aid in heart disease such as myocardial infarctions, cholesterol build up and arrhythmia, and in some cases, certain kinds of cancer.

Peas are helpful for your dog’s skin and fur, especially in keeping the latter healthy and robust, maintaining its sheen and fluff. As for your dog’s skin, peas also help in the healing of light wounds and scratches, as well as preventing your dog from developing irritations such as rashes and blisters.

They are also helpful in maintaining your dog’s vision, minimizing the development of cataracts, glaucoma or in some cases, pink eye or dry eye. 

Peas also aid in the inner workings of your dog’s digestive system. The vegetable in question contains fiber, which is to be credited the most for this as it helps in the intestines in doing its work in absorbing the nutrients present in the food that your dog eats. It also helps in your dog’s digestive system to get rid of toxins, cholesterol and all sorts of nasty stuff that your dog eats that you might be unaware of, from the bacteria present in the trash bin it has been snacking on or to “interactions” done with other dogs from your neighborhood.

Is Putting Peas in Dog Food Always Good? Not All The Time. Here’s Why:

With all the nutritional benefits, as well as the many kinds of potentially fatal diseases that peas may help in protecting your dog from, you might be forgiven to think that there is probably a catch to it, right?

Sadly, yes. You might have some reservations about introducing peas into your dog’s diet if your dog has certain medical conditions.

If your dog has kidney problems such as glomerulonephritis, kidney stones, leptospirosis (which is acquired if your dog has contracted via wounds or has in some ways, consumed rat urine), you have to at all costs avoid giving your dog green peas, unless prescribed otherwise by your dog’s veterinarian.

The main reasons for why you must avoid giving peas to your dog if it has some underlying kidney problem or condition is the significantly large amounts of purines present in them. Purines, in the simplest terms, make it hard for your dog’s kidneys to do their job, which is to filter your dog’s blood and mediate in regulating your dog’s bodily salts, fluids and acids and help in the maintenance of your dog’s blood cell in terms of its overall normal functionalities.

Serving Peas For Your Dog

There are three ideal ways you can prepare peas for your dog:

  1. If you have free-range, insecticide-free, pesticide-free green peas growing from your garden, you can rinse them with running water and serve them fresh straight to your dog’s food bowl. Don’t bother with peas in a can since those contain concentrated amounts of sodium and preservatives isn’t aren’t good for your dog.
  2. You can cook peas along with your dog’s usual protein-rich meals. Avoid adding too much flavorings such as salts and garlics since they are unhealthy for your dog, and don’t serve much in terms of enhancing taste.
  3. Or if you’re one of the oddballs out there who eat bagged peas straight out of the fridge, who knows, your dog might into be that thing, too.

what vegetables are good for dogs

In summary…

Can dogs eat peas?

Yes, peas are good for your dog.

They’re full of nutrients that are beneficial for your dog’s overall health and wellness.

Avoid giving peas to your dog if it has any kidney disease.

Pease can be served sautéed, frozen or raw. If serving raw, ensure to rinse the peas properly to avoid bacterial or viral contamination in your dog’s system.