Can my dog eat Nopales?

By Julie •  Updated: 11/05/19 •  2 min read
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Can my dog eat Nopales? Not safe for dogs to eat


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Nopales are a vegetable made from the pads of prickly pear cacti. The pads are usually green, but can also be purple, and are about the size of your hand. The taste is said to be something similar to green peppers, with a green bean texture. Nopales are used as a food source in Mexico and Central America, but also popular in the Southwest U.S. These popular veggies can be added to stir fries, eggs, pickled or canned—the sky’s the limit to how they can be used. Nopales are rich source of vitamins including Vitamin A, B6, C, K, and include minerals such as potassium, calcium and more.

Can my dog eat nopales? Generally, they’re not recommended for your fur baby. Can my puppy eat nopales? Again, they’re not usually recommended for puppies, either. With that said, we couldn’t find medical information that confirms prickly pear fruit is toxic to dogs; however, it might be a good idea to ask your vet if these are good for your pup. What would happen if my dog ate nopales? If he only had a small amount of nopales, he would probably be OK. However, if he ate a larger amount, he could develop tummy trouble and/or diarrhea. Again, it’s a good idea to check with your vet to see if nopales are safe for your precious pup!

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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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