You may think that they will be beneficial for mans’ best friend because they are known to increase heart health and promote weight loss in humans.
The answer is 100 percent NO. Adzuki beans will not be fatal to your dog, but they are poisonous for them. They will induce gastrointestinal symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea and can lead to more serious problems.
If your dog does eat a small number of adzuki beans and shows adverse symptoms these are a few steps that veterinarians recommend.
- Never give your dog medicine that is recommended for humans, such as Pepto Bismol or anti-acids unless directed to by a vet.
- Have your dog fast food and water for 8 to 10 hours to ensure their stomach and intestines have time to process the beans.
- After the 8 to 10 hours fast have your dog drink a small amount of water and ensure they are okay
- Slowly add back in tiny portions of plain foods like rice and chicken or plain dog food
- If at anytime your dog vomits again after this call your vet.
Beans that dogs can eat
1. Green Beans
Dogs can eat all the different types of green beans, including snap peas, string beans, and snow peas.
Washed canned green beans are often recommended by veterinarians to help dogs lose weight.
Green beans provided excellent amounts of protein, fiber, and other essential vitamins
2. Lima Beans
Lima beans, sometimes known as butter beans, are essential sources of fiber and iron.
They can help control the blood sugar levels of diabetic dogs.
A bad side effect of beans is gas, we all know the saying; “beans, beans, the magical fruit, that makes you toot.”
Well, Lentils are the opposite in that they help control your dog’s gas.
Lentils need to be cooked and then dried when serving to animals.
Chickpeas are wonderful for animals because they provide a lot of bone-building nutrients, such as zinc, iron, and phosphorus.
You are not trying to make hummus for your dog, so do not add in any other spices like garlic.
5. Kidney Beans
Kidney beans are one of the more common bean varieties around the world and are rich in antioxidants.
You do need to ensure that they have been thoroughly soaked and cooked because they contain high levels of the toxin Phytohemagglutinin.
What beans are bad for dogs
The majority of beans are healthy for mans’ best friend, but what makes them unhealthy or toxic for dogs is how they are prepared.
Here is a list of beans and different preparation methods that you should avoid:
1. Baked Beans
Bushes Baked Beans may have a dog as their mascot, but they are not very healthy for your dog.
Baked beans are often prepared with tomatoes, onions, and garlic which are detrimental to your dog’s health.
They also are normally high in sugar.
2. Refried Beans
Refried beans are known for the flavor they provide our delicious tacos.
The same things that make refried beans taste delicious; garlic, cumin, and chili powder, are bad for your dog.
3. Canned Beans
Canned beans are either great for your dog or bad for them.
If the can states that the beans are stored in sugar or any form of salt they should be avoided.
These are yet another ingredient that is full of spices that you should not give your dog.
All chili beans will include chili powder, garlic, onions, and many other spices that you should avoid feeding your dogs at all times.
5. Raw Red Kidney Beans
Yes, cooked kidney beans were listed above as being healthy for dogs, but if they are raw, they contain enormous amounts of the toxin Phytohemagglutinin.
To help you understand how toxic they are, even a few uncooked red kidney beans can kill a human.
6. Coffee Beans
Coffee beans are dangerous for dogs specifically because of their caffeine content.
Even a few milligrams can cause lasting neurological problems for your dog.
7. Fava Beans
Fava beans are very similar to Adzuki beans in that they cause vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
They are great for people but will ruin your dog’s day.
Signs your dog has eaten beans that are bad for them
- Excessive gas
- Loose stool or diarrhea
- Other abdominal pain
Key Nutrients Provided by Beans
- Iron – Creates red blood cells
- Magnesium – Is essential for all of the following vitamins
- Potassium – supports muscle growth
- Protein – best when coming from meat
- Vitamin A– Good for human and dog heart and eyes
- Antioxidants – Help prevent cancer and can lower cholesterol
- Vitamin C – Your dog can get sick just like you
- Vitamin K – promotes cell regrowth and recovery
The best ways to prepare beans for your dog
Beans are often best when they are organic and fresh, just like for humans.
However processed beans are acceptable if prepared correctly.
The best thing to do no matter the type of bean is to thoroughly wash them.
Following this many varieties will need to be soaked and then cooked.
If the beans are canned ensure they are properly washed to remove any adverse chemicals and salt and sugar.
Vets will often recommend canned green beans for dogs that are overweight.
They suggest replacing a portion of your dog’s processed dog food with an equal portion of canned green beans.
Just make sure you wash them first.
Dogs are omnivores and able to eat a wide variety of foods, but the preparation of the food is often key in ensuring they won’t harm your dog.
Veterinarians recommend that your dogs eat a wide variety of foods, but that their main source of protein should be from meat.
Adzuki Beans are excellent for humans and often are recommended for weight loss, but they will cause your dog undue pain and suffering.
If you do give your dogs one of the listed “good beans” make sure they are prepared correctly or it is better to just avoid them altogether.