This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s care, treatment, or medical conditions.
Can dogs eat beets?
In moderation, cooked beets are safe for dogs to eat. They are full of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, fibre, potassium, manganese, and folate.
Beets also contain natural antioxidants called betalains that have anti-inflammatory properties that can help protect against diseases such as cancer and arthritis in humans. The high fibre content in beets also helps regulate digestion and promote healthy bowel movements in dogs.
However, it is important to note that too many beets may cause digestive upset or staining of the urine due to their natural pigments. We recommend only feeding your dog steamed or roasted plain beets. The pickled or canned kind contains far too much sugar and salt for them.
If your dog eats beets and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhoea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If they require veterinary care related to eating unsafe foods, dog insurance may help cover the cost of treatment.
While cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they require meat in their diets to survive, steamed or roasted plain beets can still be safe for them to eat in moderation.
Beets contain an array of nutrients such as folate, potassium, fibre, and vitamin C, which can all benefit a cat's overall health. They also contain antioxidants, which can help protect against cell damage and reduce inflammation (in humans, so the jury's still out on how it impacts cats).
Again, keep beets steamed and plain. Raw beets may be difficult for your cat to digest, and most commercially available canned beets tend to have added sugars or salts that aren't great for our feline buds.
If your cat eats beets and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhoea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If they require veterinary care related to eating unsafe foods, cat insurance may help cover the cost of treatment.
The suggestions offered here are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for pet-specific advice from your veterinarian. Never disregard your vet’s recommendations, or delay in acting on them, based on something you have read on this site. Regardless of how a food is rated here, any food that you give your pet can pose potential health risks, including allergic reactions, choking, or other health conditions such as bloat. Always monitor your pet while they’re eating, and never introduce a new food into your pet’s diet without first consulting your veterinarian.
Pet poison emergency protocol
If your pet is acting sick, call your regular veterinarian immediately. If your regular veterinarian is closed, call a nearby on-call veterinarian, animal urgent care, or veterinary emergency hospital. If your pet is not acting sick but you think they may have been exposed to a poison, call the Animal Poison Line (01202 50 9000).