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Sometimes it seems like our dogs will eat anything, but that doesn’t mean they should! Not all fruits and veggies are dog-approved — the ones your dog can enjoy might surprise you. Are cucumbers safe for dogs? Let’s take a closer look at these mellow vegetables.

Are Cucumbers Bad For Dogs?

Cucumbers are perfectly safe for your dog to enjoy. Even with their light flavor, the satisfying crunch of a cucumber makes them just as appealing as any dog treat. With only 8 calories per half-cup of slices, they’re also guilt-free.3

If you’re trying to help your dog lose some pounds, consider replacing store-bought treats with slices of cucumber. Just make sure to do it in moderation. Cucumbers are about as benign a vegetable as you’ll ever come across, but they’re still a nonstandard part of your dog’s diet. Introduce them slowly as an occasional treat and watch for any adverse reactions. Even if your dog doesn’t have a cucumber allergy, too much of a new food could cause gastrointestinal issues.

Why Are Cucumbers Good for Dogs?

Just because something is dog-safe doesn’t necessarily mean it’s nutritious. When it comes to cucumbers, however, your dog gets to enjoy the best of both worlds. Cucumbers are low-calorie and 96% water. That makes them a good treat for post-walk hydration.

How to Give Your Dog Cucumbers

The best way for your dog to enjoy cucumber treats is in small pieces. Slice the cucumber and cut each piece down to the size of a standard dog treat. Dispense them slowly to prevent an overzealous pooch from choking on too many pieces. Don’t give your dog a whole cucumber to chew on, either. Unlike a bone, it would be much easier for your dog to bite off and swallow dangerously large chunks.

Finally, make sure you’re giving your dog raw, unaltered cucumber. Avoid seasoning, oils, and dressings. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that pickled cucumbers are just as safe, either. Most pickles contain high sodium levels, and many are soaked in brine that contains dangerous ingredients like garlic and onion.

Cool as a Cucumber

These crunchy, watery veggies are a fun and healthy snack for your furry companion. While most dogs do have omnivore tendencies, just remember that any nonstandard foods could cause problems. Consult your vet before making cucumbers a regular part of your dog’s diet, and always be prepared for the worst. A dog insurance policy from MetLife1 could help you cover the cost of food-related emergencies.2

Curious about what other foods are safe for your dog to eat? Read our guide for a deeper dive into what dogs can eat.  

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1Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.

2Provided all terms of the policy are met. Application is subject to underwriting review and approval. Like most insurance policies, insurance policies issued by IAIC and MetGen contain certain deductibles, co-insurance, exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. For costs, complete details of coverage and exclusions, and a listing of approved states, please contact MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC.

3”Can Dogs Eat Cucumbers?” American Kennel Club