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Can Dogs Have Chickpeas? All You Need To Know About Feeding Your Dog Chickpeas

Yes! Dogs can absolutely have chickpeas and are considered safe. In most cooked dog food recipes, chickpeas are growing in popularity, usually used as an alternative to grain-free diets for dogs. 


Studies of chickpeas in pet foods show that almost 11.5% of recipes in the current market include chickpeas as one of the ingredients.


Man pouring raw chickpeas into glass bowl of water, preparing them for soaking



Top 3 Benefits of Chickpeas for Dogs


  1. Source of Minerals and Vitamins


Chickpeas contain a high source of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, B, potassium, magnesium, and calcium just to name a few.


  1. Full of Fibre


Chickpeas are full of fibre and help support healthy digestion.


  1. Healthier Alternative


Chickpeas are becoming a healthier alternative for dogs that require grain-free diets. Chickpeas are a great substitute for grains. 



When Are Chickpeas Bad For Dogs?


Like all human grade foods, feeding your pup in moderation is always recommended. There are a few things pet parents should be wary of when feeding their dog chickpeas.


For one, pet owners should only feed chickpeas that are cooked (with no added salt and flavourings). If pet owners are feeding canned chickpeas, it’s also important to check the labelling. Some chickpeas contain brine and may have added salt. 


The best kind of canned chickpeas for dogs to avoid excess salt would be chickpeas in water without added preservatives and additives. 


It’s also worth nothing that most grain free diets contain many legumes such as chickpeas and have been tied to the investigation of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) by the FDA. Also known as a heart condition in dogs. If you want to learn more about DCM in dogs, follow our link for more.


Other Human Grade Foods Dogs Can Eat



Key Takeaways

  • They are safe for dogs to consume as long as they’re cooked plainly (with no preservatives or added salt)
  • Chickpeas contain many vitamins and minerals beneficial for maintaining overall health, such as vitamin A, B, magnesium, potassium, etc.
  • Great alternative to grain free diets for dogs

Raw chickpeas displayed on yellow backdrop
Raw chickpeas displayed on yellow backdrop

View Sources

Plantz, Bruce. “Why Chickpeas, Peas and Lentils Are in More Dog and Cat Food Formulas.” Petfood Industry, PetfoodIndustry.com, 21 Mar. 2018, https://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/7039-why-chickpeas-peas-and-lentils-are-in-more-dog-and-cat-food-formulas.

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