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Can dogs eat asparagus?

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Asparagus is generally considered by vets to be safe for dogs to eat, it's not really recommended, as the dog won't get any nutrition out of it. Dogs are primarily carnivores, meaning that their digestive systems aren't designed to process vegetables properly, and they get little to no nutritional value from the vegetable.

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While asparagus is safe for dogs to eat, it's important that they don't eat any part of the asparagus fern plant. This plant isn't necessarily toxic for dogs, but it often causes major intestinal pain and other digestive issues.

In addition, there are a number of other plants that dogs shouldn't eat, such as aloe vera, which acts as a laxative and can cause diarrhea. Other foods that dogs should stay away from include bread dough, chocolate, coffee, currants, garlic, chewing gum, macadamia nuts, onions, peanuts and potatoes. Grapes and raisins can also be toxic to some dogs, causing vomiting and potentially leading to liver damage.

Mushrooms are sometimes on the list of foods dogs shouldn't eat, but this is slightly misleading, as any mushroom that is safe for humans to eat is also perfectly safe for dogs. However, if a dog ingests any other type of mushroom, they could cause diarrhea, seizures and potentially death.

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