Cucumbers are one of the most popular vegetables, and almost everyone with a kitchen garden will grow them at home. Cucumbers are eaten as a salad, on bread, in smoothies, and even serve as a refreshment for tired skin in cosmetics. Cucumbers are healthy for us humans and many dogs also love a piece of cucumber as a snack in between.
But are cucumbers healthy for your four-legged friend and should you as a dog owner feed your animal these vegetables? This is the subject of this article.
Can dogs eat cucumber skin?
Yes, dogs are allowed to eat cucumber skin and these water-containing vegetables can also be healthy for your four-legged friend. There is one thing to note here, however. It can only be a cucumber. Bitter cucumbers are highly toxic for our four-legged friends.
These very strongly bitter cucumbers contain a high concentration of cucurbitacin, which is responsible for the bitter taste.
These bitter cucumbers can be very bad for your dog in large quantities. Even with normal cucumbers, they may contain too many cucurbitacins. However, this is quickly noticeable in the taste.
You should therefore always try the cucumbers yourself first. If they have a bitter taste, then they are not suitable for your fur nose.
Ingredients in cucumber that are good for dogs
Cucumbers contain vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc. In addition, cucumbers contain a lot of water and have almost no calories.
Therefore, cucumbers are the ideal snack, especially for our four-legged friends, especially in summer.
Possible allergies the dog may develop to cucumbers
In general, dogs rarely have an allergy to cucumber. However, it is possible that your four-legged friend does not tolerate the cucumber peel because it is a bit difficult to digest.
In this case, however, your pet does not have to forego the tasty and juicy snack, but you have to peel the cucumber in advance. As a result, these vegetables lose some of their ingredients, as most of the vitamins are also located directly under the peel, but if your dog cannot digest the cucumber otherwise, this is the best solution.
Benefits of cucumber for the dog
On particularly hot days, cucumbers are a great snack for on the go. Since cucumbers consist of 95% water and contain valuable vitamins and minerals, you prevent your dog from dehydrating.
Peeled cucumbers are also an optimal light food if your four-legged friend has a stomach or intestinal problem. In this case, feed the cucumber with some rice, cooked chicken, and cooked carrot. It’s best to grate the cucumber finely and mix it with the other components.
Cucumbers also have an antibacterial effect and are ideal for the oral hygiene of your four-legged friend. Especially if your dog is suffering from bad breath and all possible causes have been clarified, a piece of cucumber can provide quick relief.
You are probably familiar with the fact that the dog smells particularly intensely from the mouth after eating a bull pizzle. Here, too, a piece of cucumber quickly gives you fresh breath and you can cuddle undisturbed again.
Disadvantages of cucumbers for the dog
If your dog can digest cucumbers well and the cucumber does not have any bitter substances, then there are no disadvantages for your four-legged friend. It doesn’t matter if your four-legged housemate steals a whole cucumber from your bed now and then.
You can avoid bitter substances and the harmful cucurbitacins by using seeds or plants from the garden center. Most of these occur in cucumbers that have been grown from cucumber seeds. Therefore, if you plan to feed your dog with specially grown cucumbers, it is advisable to use new seeds from the trade every year.
In the case of self-grown cucumber plants, there is otherwise the risk that the bitter substances that were originally grown away will come back.
Are cucumbers poisonous to dogs?
No, traditional cucumbers are not poisonous to dogs. Only bitter cucumbers with a high proportion of cucurbitacins can be harmful to your fur nose. You will recognize this immediately when you try the cucumber.
Asian cucumbers also often have a high proportion of cucurbitacins. These are also not for dogs.
If your dog eats large amounts of bitter substances, it can lead to shock and, in the worst case, even to the death of your dog. The first signs of poisoning are severe diarrhea, a foggy state of vomiting.
What other foods are similar to the cucumber?
Zucchini are similar, but not quite as watery. But also with zucchini, you should pay attention to the content of cucurbitacin in plants grown from your seeds.
The same goes for pumpkin too. You can recognize these toxic substances by their bitter taste in all types of vegetables.
Are cucumbers in dog food?
There are freeze-dried cucumbers as dog snacks. Cucumbers are especially found in vegan dog food. The best-known brands here include Yarrah, Fresco, and Terra Canis. Cucumbers are also found in some varieties of Wolfsblut and Ready-to-use Barf.
We just recently received a reader question about sour pickles. In general, pickled cucumbers are not forbidden for dogs, but should remain an exception.
This is not due to the cucumbers but to the additives such as vinegar and spices such as garlic or mustard seeds in the jar.