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Can dogs eat peas? Short answer: Yes! While many children dread the sight of peas on their dinner plate, dogs are quite the opposite. Often, dogs will delight in seeing peas in their food bowls and they’re a key ingredient in many homemade dog foods.

However, like any human food, peas should be given in small amounts at a time and in moderation according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Additionally there are some caveats to be aware of prior to feeding them to your beloved furry friends.

Are Peas Good for Dogs?

Peas are perfectly safe for dogs to eat and provide amazing benefits to the pups (and peeps) who enjoy them.3 The vegetables have a sweet flavor dogs love and pack one heck of a nutritious punch. With vitamins A, B, C, and K, as well as a number of beneficial minerals, like magnesium and zinc, peas can help strengthen your pet’s immune system, digestion, organ function, and more.

Can dogs eat green peas?

Yes. Green peas, like snap peas, garden peas, and snow peas, are all perfectly safe for dogs to eat. Their sweeter flavor makes green peas excellent training treats and their water content makes them a sweet, hydrating treat on hot summer days.

Can dogs eat black-eyed peas?

Dogs can eat black-eyed peas. While they’re not as sweet as their green counterparts, black-eyed peas are high in fiber and protein, as well as low in calories and cholesterol.

Can dogs eat frozen peas?

Frozen peas are safe for dogs to eat — as long as they’re precooked and marked “ready-to-eat,” rather than “ready to cook.” They provide the same benefits as thawed peas and are a great way for dogs to cool down after a long day of playing in the sun, but can be harmful if served raw.

Can dogs eat canned peas?

No. Canned peas are the only peas that aren’t safe for dogs. They contain high amounts of added sodium, which can have dangerous complications. Too much sodium can lead to dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, and, in severe cases, can even cause death. Some canned peas could also contain oils, spices, or other additives that could harm your dog’s health.

When Are Peas Bad for Dogs?

Overall, peas are safe for dogs, with a few exceptions. It is not safe to give dogs canned peas. Raw, frozen peas are also too hard or could clump together and pose a choking hazard to your pooch.

Additionally, if your dog has kidney issues, feeding them peas is a no go. Peas contain chemical substances called purines that produce uric acid, which is then processed through the kidneys. Uric acid can lead to kidney stones or other even scarier kidney problems in your furry pals.

If you’re looking to ensure your pet is protected, should they eat peas in these conditions, pet insurance could make a difficult situation a bit easier to manage.

How to Feed Your Dog Peas

As a rule, dogs should only have peas in small amounts at a time and shouldn’t replace your pet’s regular food. While peas are safe for dogs to eat, it’s best to shell them beforehand, as pea pods can be a choking hazard to dogs. Peas are a common ingredient in homemade and perishable dog foods, and because green peas are sweet, they can also be used as healthier training treats.

Feed Them Peas!

You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing your dog can enjoy this nutritious snack. If your dog accidentally ingests something they shouldn’t, though, don’t worry! Accidents happen, but a dog insurance policy from MetLife1 can protect your dog and help offset costs for you.2

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1 Pet 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.

2 Provided 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 Peas?,” American Kennel Club