I was asked a question recently being, what food is toxic to dogs ?
And to be fair i wasn’t one hundred percent certain, i have a good knowledge regards dog foods and allergies but i really wasn’t sure the difference between what food is toxic to dogs and an allergy reaction.
So began to research to ascertain the difference between an allergy reaction and toxic ailment.
With regards to the question what food is toxic to dogs there was a direct reference to broccoli.
I found many reports and differing opinions but nothing that categorically shows beyond doubt that broccoli is bad for your dog, many resources suggest you keep the intake to around 10% of its overall diet as gastrointestinal upsets can occur with over feeding of this produce.
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Below is a direct reference to broccoli.
Q: Dear Mike, This is follow-up on yesterday’s conversation just to remind you. If the stuff is a no-no for dogs as well as ex-Pres. Bush, maybe it’s worth noting in your web site. Thanks, NvB
A: It is always good to remind me of things — I had forgotten.
Broccoli toxicity has been noted in livestock. Apparently in California it is widely available at certain times and the dairy cattle there are fed broccoli due to this. If the percentage of broccoli in the diet exceeds 10% it can cause gastrointestinal upsets and if it exceeds 25% it is fatal.
I could not find any references to problems with broccoli in small animals, probably because no one feeds them more than 10% of their diet as broccoli or possibly because they don’t have rumens and therefore don’t digest the broccoli as thoroughly.
The toxic ingredient in broccoli is isothiocyanate and it is reported to be a pretty potent gastrointestinal irritant.
So G. might be right. But I did find several references suggesting that broccoli should be fed to pets because of the bioflavinoids in it and their cancer fighting capabilities. So he might be wrong.
Personally, I wouldn’t worry about it unless you are planning on feeding a lot of broccoli at one time to Kate. But your daughter might want to follow her vet’s advice or find out if there is more evidence of toxicity than I can find
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