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Can Dogs Eat Kale?

March 31, 2023 | 3 min read

Updated March 31, 2023

By Sarah Milton


Published: March 31, 2023

Summary: Is kale safe for dogs?” In this article, learn if kale is good for dogs or bad for them, and whether it should be cooked or raw... 


Can Dogs Have Kale? 

Though not one of the tastiest of vegetables, kale is rich in nutrients like vitamins A, K C, antioxidants, and fiber, which may make kale an appealing option for pet parents to offer to their beloved furry friends. 

Plain kale can be given to dogs in very, very small quantities but there are arguably safer and yummier vegetables to offer to your pup, like green beans or cucumber.  

Is Kale Safe For Dogs? 

Kale contains a natural compound known as isothiocyanate – also found in veggies like broccoli. Isothiocyanate is poisonous to dogs, so eating an enormous amount of kale means it can eventually become toxic for them as well as irritate their gut – but it has to be a super sizeable amount to do this. 

An abundance of green, curly kale growing outside in the sun


Can Dogs Eat Raw Kale? 

Dogs can eat raw kale, but this can be harder for them to digest than cooked kale. Lightly steaming, boiling, or baking unseasoned, plain kale may prove a little easier on their tummy.  

The same goes for kale stems; even we humans cut those bits off because they’re tough and not a pleasant thing to eat. They also have a high calcium oxalate count which can prove problematic for your dog too, so it’s definitely not worth giving your dog kale stems.  

PetLab Co. Pro Tip: If your dog has bladder or kidney issues, they should not eat kale as oxalates can exacerbate problems in these areas of the body.  

As with all new foods, you should always take your pup’s introduction to it slowly. This will help avoid upsetting their stomach. Feed one or two pieces of kale and monitor their reaction. Kale shouldn’t be an everyday food item for a dog, but here and there is generally considered okay.  

As with humans, all dogs will react differently to different foods, so always be mindful of this when trying new foods, snacks, and treats regardless of their touted benefits or safety approval.


Author Burke, Anna “Can Dogs Eat Kale?” American Kennel Club, Aug 02. 2022  

Author Dr. Miller, Andrew MRCVS “Can Dogs Eat Kale?” Pure Pet Food  

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Sarah Milton

Comes from a family of animal lovers and got to grow up with a menagerie of pets! I believe owning a pet is a privilege and I love researching and creating informative, fun content for fellow pet owners to help their furry friends have the happiest and healthiest lives. When I’m not writing blogs, you can find me sharing a walk with my pet dachshund or at a yoga class!




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