Baked beans are a classic, American side dish that people enjoy eating in their homes and at restaurants. In addition to being tasty, they’re also relatively inexpensive and available in most grocery stores across the country.
However, many people don’t know if baked beans can be enjoyed by our furry friends as well. Dogs are man’s best friend, but this doesn’t mean they can eat everything that you do. There are plenty of things that are safe to feed your dog, but there are some things that are bad for them to eat as well.
What about baked beans? Can dogs eat baked beans?
No, dogs should not eat baked beans because baked beans contain a lot of sugar, salt, and fat which can be bad for your dog’s health when consumed in large quantities. In addition to this, baked beans often contain tomato sauce as well, and since tomato sauce often contains garlic and onions, you should avoid giving this dish to your dog.
Are Heinz Baked Beans OK For Dogs?
Heinz is a very popular baked beans brand, and this brand of baked beans is considered to be a healthier option because these beans are free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. With that said though, these baked beans still contain a lot of sugar, salt, and fat, and as such, you should not feed your dog Heinz baked beans.
What Type Of Beans Are Safe For Dogs?
Just because baked beans are bad for your dog, it doesn’t mean that all beans are bad for him. In fact, there are a few types of beans that are very healthy for dogs and that you can safely feed to your furry friend. These include:
- Black Beans
- Green Beans
- Kidney Beans
- Lima Beans
These beans are perfectly safe for your dog and are quite healthy. You just need to take care though to feed him cooked beans, and not to feed your dog too many beans at once. Too much of a good thing is bad in this case, as it can cause flatulence and your pup might get bloated if he eats too many beans.
As always, moderation is key, so giving your dog the cooked beans mentioned above as an occasional treat is perfectly safe.
What Can I Do If My Dog Has Eaten Baked Beans?
If your dog has eaten a few baked beans then you need not worry, he will be fine. However, if he has eaten quite a few then you need to take action.
While your dog won’t die from eating a large number of baked beans, it is still important that you contact a vet immediately and seek further advice. Signs that your pup is feeling the negative effects from eating a lot of baked beans include:
- Abnormal posture or sitting uncomfortably
- Decreased appetite
- Increased thirst
- Swollen abdomen
- Vomiting and diarrhea
It is also worth noting that regularly feeding baked beans to your dog can lead to pancreatitis.
Can Dogs Eat Tomato Sauce?
No, dogs should not eat tomato sauce. As mentioned previously, tomato sauce is one of the main reasons why dogs should not eat baked beans. Tomato sauce may taste very good, but because it contains spices, garlic, and onions, you should avoid letting your dog eat it. Garlic and onions specifically are toxic to dogs and should be avoided at all costs.
And there you have it. Although we can safely enjoy baked beans, our furry friends should not eat them.
This is because baked beans contain a lot of sugar, salt, and fat which can affect your pup’s health in a negative way. What’s more, baked beans are often served in tomato sauce and this is also not healthy for your dog. Tomato sauce contains all kinds of spices as well as garlic and onions, and this can be toxic to your furry friend.
I would highly recommend that you stay away from giving this dish to your pup, and rather feed him a healthier alternative like black beans, green beans, kidney beans, or lima beans. Also, make sure to cook these beans and to feed them to your pup in moderation.