Can Dogs Eat Sunflower Seeds?
So, fluffy over there doesn’t mind eating almost anything, but you, on the other hand, keep wondering what he can or can’t eat. Well, don’t worry! Because today we’ll get into another food item that you may be wondering about: Can dogs eat sunflower seeds?
It’s really important to know what your doggy friend can or can’t eat, mainly because a lot of human food can be dangerous for your dog! And some human food may even be toxic or cause a serious disease.
So, it is always a good idea to do your research about what you should feed your dog, especially if you’re unsure about a thing. After all, you don’t want your doggy to get sick!
So let’s get into the sunflower seeds and fluffy!
Let’s Talk About Seeds!
Dogs can have seeds, but not all of them!
What does this mean?
Well, some fruit seeds are harmless for dogs, like the watermelon seeds, or cantaloupe seeds. However, fruit pits are altogether a different story.
Well, that’s because pits are actually different than fruit seeds and you should not give your dog pits of fruits like cherry, peach, etc.
Now that you’ve understood the difference between fruit pits and seeds let’s jump into the main question, shall we?
Can Dogs Eat Sunflower Seeds?
All the sunflower seed lovers can sigh right about now because…
…dogs can eat sunflower seeds, but there’s a catch…
…you should follow a few precautions…
Now you must be wondering what I mean. Well, I’m here to elaborate! There are mainly two precautions that you need to follow. Let’s go through them both, shall we?
1.The sunflower seeds must be shell-free
2.The seeds should also be salt free as well as free of flavor
Hold on, though!
Now that you know that your favourite snack of sunflower seeds (without the shell and salt!) has no harmful effects on your doggy’s health, let’s not forget to talk about the quantity!
How Much Sunflower Seeds Can My Dog Eat?
Let’s start by talking about the number of calories your doggy should be per day. You’ll understand why that’s relevant a little later…
So, your vet may have told you how many calories your doggy should be eating during the day! If you don’t know, ask your vet! Or use an online calculator which may not be as accurate, but gets the job done fast!
So, once you know how much calories your doggy should be eating in a day, you’ll have to apply a little math (I know, I know) and take out 10 percent of that amount for to know how much calories you can allot to your dog’s best time of the day, aka treat time!
So, sunflower seeds are treats for your doggy friend (instead of a meal!) and they have about 6 calories per gram.
Now, let’s assume that your doggy should be eating 600 calories a day. This means that you can feed your doggy about 10 grams of sunflower seeds, which means about 60 calories of the treat! (But don’t give your dog a different treat as well!)
So, this is the amount of sunflower seeds that you should feed your dog. Sunflower seeds have high-fat content so you should spread giving them out throughout the day. After all, you don’t want your dog to get fat!
Do Sunflower Seeds Have Health Benefits for My Dog!?
You must probably be wondering if Sunflower seeds have any health benefits for your four-legged buddy as they do for humans. We’ll get into that, too!
So, sunflower seeds do help in improving your doggy’s coat and skin. This is mainly because of the fat and nutrients that the seeds contain.
That being said, sunflower seeds aren’t the healthiest thing for your dog, but they are also not toxic or inherently bad either.
An ounce of sunflower seed may meet your furry friend’s daily quota of vitamin E, it’s not necessary because high-quality dog food has just that, and more. So, it’s highly unlikely that fluffy would need the seeds.
Moreover, dogs aren’t really made for chewing or digesting seeds, so giving your doggy those sunflower seeds daily may cause some dietary upset.
Salt And Dogs: Why Should You Give Your Dog Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
Remember when I talked about the two precautions that you should always take when you give your dog sunflower seeds?
Well, let’s talk about that, shall we?
Salt is really bad for your doggy’s health, and excessive salt consumption can cause severe dehydration. So, moderation is key over here because your dog only needs 0.3 percent sodium in his diet.
You must be wondering why I told you to give your do unsalted sunflower seeds if your dog can have salt in moderation…
Well, that’s because excessive salt consumption can cause sodium iron poisoning which is something very serious. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and can cause seizures.
So, you see, prevention is always better than cure.
So, What Does This All Mean?
Well, since we all know that human food can be dangerous for dogs, you really need to do your research before feeding your dog any human food. So, let’s talk about dogs and sunflower seeds!
Dogs can eat sunflower seeds, but there are two things that you need keep in mind:
● The seeds should be shell-free
● The seeds should be unsalted
Salt. as a whole should be given to your doggy in moderation and excessive salt consumption can cause sodium iron poisoning. So, prevention is better than cure!
And, finally, feeding sunflower seeds aren’t bad for your doggy but don’t have any major benefits either. They’ll help your doggy get a shiny coat and better skin, but that’s not something normal dog food lacks.
I really hope this article helped you answer your question! If you still have any suggestions or questions, let’s talk in the comments section! I’m always happy to help!
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