Dogs are by far the most common pets kept in North America and Europe where the majority of our readers live so it’s only natural that we would see the most question about taking care of a dog each month. The number of questions that we see about what dog owners can and can’t feed their dogs is at an all-time high and we are seeing people asking various questions about all types of food being added into their dog’s diet.
One of the more common things that we have seen people asking about recently is if dogs can have vegetable broth or not as well as the advantages of having vegetable broth as a part of their dog’s diets. Unlike the majority of the other popular food types that we see people asking questions about, vegetable broth is not a straight yes or no answer as there are a number of variables that you have to factor in when giving your dog vegetable broth to eat.
On top of this, due to the high number of people reaching out each month and asking about giving their dog vegetable broth, we decided to publish our own dedicated article on the various things that you have to consider when adding vegetable broth into your dog’s diet. We hope that our article will be able to help you better understand when you can and can’t give your dog vegetable broth and our table of contents below should be able to help you better navigate the article quickly.
Can Dogs Have Vegetable Broth?
Dogs can have most types of vegetable broth but any broth that contains onions or garlic should be avoided due to them being able to cause a range of issues in your dog. Some dogs may also have problems with mushrooms too, especially wild mushrooms so they should often be avoided in vegetable broth for dogs.
Other than that though, vegetable broths can be a great way to top up the nutritional profile of your dog’s diet and get a bunch of essential vitamins and minerals into your dog. If you are specifically considering giving your dog vegetable broth due to a known nutritional deficiency in your dog then a doggy multivitamin should also be considered too as it will help keep your dogs diet nutritionally complete and overcome common nutritional deficiencies in most dogs diet.
The problem with giving your dog vegetable broth is that it can be a pain to find a suitable store-bought vegetable broth product suitable for dogs due to most containing onions or garlic. There are a number of cheap doggy vegetable broth products on the market that you are able to use instead of a vegetable broth designed for human consumption though or you can just make your own homemade vegetable broth for your dog.
How Do You Make Vegetable Broth For Dogs?
You can make your own homemade vegetable broth for dogs with the core ingredients of carrots, peas, green beans, and sweet potatoes and then add additional vegetables or even some fruits into the broth as required. Pumpkin is very popular with dogs right now and is also a very popular addition to various vegetable broth recipes for dogs.
As we touched on earlier in the article though, never use onions or garlic in your vegetable broth for your dog and think twice about adding mushrooms in too. Although many dogs will be fine with mushroom, some can have issues if you do add mushrooms to the broth so we just recommend that our readers avoid it. Most people don’t add herbs to their vegetable broth for their dogs either but chives are something that should be avoided too if you are specifically making the broth for your dog.
The majority of people would never think of adding fruit to a vegetable broth designed for humans to eat but dogs will often happily have banana or apples mixed in with their vegetable broth too. This all increases the vitamin and mineral content of the broth for your dog while keeping it dog safe by avoiding the ingredients that we covered above that are potentially harmful to your dog.
Can Dogs Have Vegetable Stock Cubes?
The vast majority of vegetable stock cubes on the market contain onion with many of them also containing garlic too making them unsuitable for dogs. We would never recommend that you try to add a vegetable stock cube to any vegetable broth that you are making for your dog and the majority of dogs will be just as happy with their broth without the stock cube anyway.
There are a number of other ways that you can increase the taste profile of the vegetable broth that you make for your dogs without having to use a stock cube. The main one is to steep the vegetables in the water for longer but some people can also use less water in their broth depending on exactly what they are trying to do and this can increase the taste profile.
We know that there are a number of people on social media saying that they used vegetable stock cubes for broth that they gave to their dog but there is always a risk to it. Just because it worked out for them does not mean that it will work for you and different vegetable stock cubes have different amounts of onion in them.
That brings our article going over if dogs can have vegetable broth or not to an end. We hope that we have been able to help our readers better understand what vegetables they can include in their vegetable broth for their dogs as well as what vegetables should be avoided. The majority of dogs really do seem to enjoy vegetable broth so it can be a great way to increase the nutritional profile of your dog’s diet without having to spend much money.