Celery stands out among other horticultural crops for its rich biochemical composition. It is a root vegetable that used to be classified as a vegetable, but more recently it is more often considered a seasoning. The plant has a strong aroma reminiscent of parsley. The roots and leaves of the plant are edible, although a root vegetable is often added to food. Its pulp has a spicy, bittersweet taste. There are several types of celery – leaf, root and petiole.
The diet of pets should contain both vital nutrients – proteins, fats and carbohydrates, and fiber, vitamins, macro- and microelements. If commercial food contains them in the required amount, then when choosing natural food, the owners have to think about how to ensure this balance.
The root crop contains twice as much vitamin C as oranges and tangerines; it also contains other vitamins – A, D, E, K, PP. All of them are vital for both the human body and domestic animals. The plant has many beneficial properties, participates in various healing processes, in particular, it is useful:
- in the treatment of arthritis;
- for the prevention of osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus;
- maintaining the immune system;
- lowering blood pressure;
Benefits of Celery for Dogs:
Celery will help improve the growth and appearance of your pet’s coat, and reduce odor from the mouth. He participates in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, strengthens the immune system. The plant improves intestinal peristalsis, accelerates the removal of toxins from the body, has a beneficial effect on the genitourinary sphere, and prevents the development of obesity. Therefore, most veterinarians approve of the introduction of celery into the diet of dogs when fed with natural food. However, with a caveat – the root vegetable can be added to the dog’s meat and vegetable dishes as a vitamin supplement. It is not recommended to give it to a dog in large quantities. This can lead to indigestion, diarrhea.
There is another, categorical opinion. Some experts argue that giving celery to a dog is not necessary, although they do not deny its rich in nutrients. However, the root vegetable is too hard and stringy, and pets do not chew food thoroughly, but swallow it in large pieces. As a result, it becomes difficult for food to pass through the digestive tract, which can cause serious gastrointestinal diseases.
The truth, as they say, is always somewhere in between, and in this case, the benefit greatly prevails over the harm, so it is worth using the root vegetable as an additive to natural dog food, you just need to do it right.
How to give your dog celery
The stems of the plant contain a whole complex of vitamins – groups B, C, E, K, as well as essential oils. Fiber helps to accelerate and improve digestive processes, eliminate toxins from the animal’s body, in addition, the benefits of celery for the normalization of water-salt metabolism have been established. Established the benefits of vitamin supplementation from celery stalks for arthritis in animals.
To improve the digestive process and avoid swallowing large pieces that are difficult to digest in the dog’s stomach, it is recommended to chop the petioles very finely and mix in this form with minced meat or vegetable stew. The stems can be added to feed and raw, but it is better – after heat treatment – boiling, steaming. You can make celery juice and give your dog once a month.
Celery roots have a unique biochemical composition. They contain minerals and vitamins as well as amino acids. Adding a root vegetable to food contributes to:
- improving the general well-being of the animal;
- strengthening the body’s defenses against viruses and bacteria;
- accelerated tissue regeneration.
The appearance of the coat, the well-being and mood of the pet are improved. In addition, celery roots have an anti-inflammatory effect, so you can give them in crushed form to an animal and during illness.
A raw tuber must be grated before giving it to the dog. This mass acts as a toothpaste, thoroughly removes plaque from the teeth and stimulates the gums. For use as an additive to meat or vegetables, celery is steamed – brought to a soft state, then finely chopped or chopped with a blender. However, before feeding, it is worth consulting with a veterinarian, since the product has some prohibitions for use.
When Should celery Not be Given to Dogs:
Due to its structure, the root vegetable is considered a difficult food to digest, so it should be given with caution to dogs for certain diseases of the digestive system, enzyme deficiency.
Dogs do not know how to thoroughly digest food, like a person, which often causes problems: vomiting, stomach upset, frequent urination, choking, excess salts in the body. The dog can choke on a large piece of celery, and the excess of mineral salts leads to a sharp jump in blood pressure.
The root vegetable has diuretic properties, which provokes frequent and profuse urination. When overeating, the dog may experience flatulence, dyspepsia (pain and discomfort in the abdomen). The latter can be suspected by the depressed state of the pet – the dog lies on its side, does not allow touching the stomach. Similar manifestations are typical for other diseases, therefore, it is recommended to show the dog to a veterinarian in order to exclude serious pathologies of internal organs.
Do not give your dog celery in the postoperative period.
It is not recommended to give celery to pregnant females – the reason is the fixing properties of the plant. The urge to defecate causes the animal to push, which can lead to miscarriage, miscarriages and premature birth. Puppies, on the other hand, should not be given a root crop because of the unformed digestive system to the end.
American experts believe that celery should not be introduced into the diet of small breed dogs – because of the danger of suffocation if the pet swallows a large piece.
In addition, you should not include the plant in the diet of dogs that are obese or prone to rapidly gaining excess weight. Other animals can gradually introduce the product into the diet, if the dog likes its taste.