Can my dog eat Jicama?

By Julie •  Updated: 11/04/19 •  2 min read
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Can my dog eat Jicama? Safe for dogs to eat


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Jicama is another popular tuber that originated in Mexico. This popular root veggie is very common in Mexican cuisine and can be eaten raw or cooked. Jicama is popular to use as a raw dipping stick in sauce (think celery and carrot sticks), or can be cut into thin slices and used to make salads, used in stir fries or even deep fried, like French fries. Jicama is a great source of fiber, Vitamins B6, C & E, potassium, copper and more.

Can my dog eat jicama? Yes, jicama is safe for your fur baby! Can my puppy eat jicama? Yes—your puppy can also enjoy jicama, but only in moderation. Before serving jicama to your canine companion, it’s a good idea to peel it first. The skin is not edible and could pose a choking hazard to your pup, or could even cause an intestinal blockage. In addition, do not let you pet eat the stems, leave or vines of the jicama plant, as these are toxic to dogs. Raw jicama is OK for dogs, but only in small amounts. Otherwise, it’s best to cook this tuber to make it easier to digest. You don’t need to season it or add spices—your dog will love it without these additions—and it’s healthier for him, too. What would happen if my puppy ate too much jicama? More than likely he would develop an upset stomach, possible vomiting and diarrhea. Also, if you suspect your puppy or dog has eaten the leaves, vine or stem of a jicama plant, be sure to call your vet and take your fur baby to see them as soon as possible.

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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