We enjoy spaghetti squash as a healthier alternative to pasta but can dogs eat spaghetti squash too?
Spaghetti squash is safe for dogs but there are a few restrictions that we will look at below. It should be served bland and not spiced or seasoned. What works for us, does not necessary work for dogs.
Spaghetti squash is an oblong shaped winter squash with an oblong shape and a creamy yellowish skin. When cooked, the flesh becomes stringy and soft giving it an appearance of spaghetti, hence the name. Botanically, it's a fruit not a vegetable because of the seeds inside.
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Health Benefits of Spaghetti Squash for Dogs
Spaghetti squash is high in fiber, low in calories and carbohydrates with a good source of vitamin C and A. It's a good vegetable for the immune and digestive system.
It also is a good source of beta-carotene which is good for your dog's eyesight.
Remember to go slowly when introducing new foods. And we recommend checking with your veterinarian first if your dog has any digestive issues or other health concerns.
Can Dogs Eat Spaghetti Squash Seeds?
The seeds must be removed as they can be a choking hazard. The seeds can be difficult to digest too.
Can Dogs Eat Spaghetti Squash Rind?
Just as the seeds are a no for dogs, the rind should not be given too. The tough rind is hard to digest and is another potential choking hazard.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Spaghetti Squash?
Although raw spaghetti squash is safe for dogs, they may not like it. If you want to try it raw, give them a very small portion at first and chop it finely so they don't gobble large pieces down.
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash for Dogs?
There are many ways too cook spaghetti quash but keep it plain. It does not need seasoning. A few ways to cook spaghetti squash are:
- Oven Roasted - Slice the squash in half and roast, cut side down.
- Boiled - remove the skin, seeds and boil the flesh.
- Slice the spaghetti squash into rings and roast in the oven.
- Microwave - Slice in half, remove the sides and place downside in a dish. Microwave for 5 minutes. Turn over and microwave for another 5 minutes.
- Air Fryer - slice in half and cook in the air fryer.
- Using a slow cooker or crockpot.
- In an instant pot.
Once cooked, removed the spaghetti squash flesh with a fork, fluffing up the strands. Chop the strands or puree them to mix into your dogs food or add as a topper.
How Much Spaghetti Squash Can I Feed My Dog?
Give your dog small portions of spaghetti squash as it should not be the main ingredient in their food. No more than 1 cup a week in small amounts should be adequate.