Is Zucchini Good for Dogs?

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We have reached the end of the alphabet for the second time and today’s post, on the letter Z, is all about zucchini.


What is Zucchini?

Zucchini is a summer squash that belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo. Zucchini can be dark or light green. A related hybrid, the golden zucchini, is a deep yellow or orange color.

Common names for Zucchini

Zucchini is also referred to as courgette, although in some countries it is called squash. In dog food, it is only listed as zucchini when included in the recipe.


Why is Zucchini in Dog Food?

Zucchini is used in dog food as a relatively low calorie but high in nutrition ingredient that can balance out a dog food recipe.


Is Zucchini Commonly Used in Dog Food?

Zucchini is not currently a common ingredient in dog food. We see it in only 1.2 % of all dog foods, and rarely have seen it in treats.


Common Benefits or Risks of Zucchini

Zucchini has about 20 calories per cup and is a good source of Vitamin C, Potassium and Magnesium, and fiber. Zucchini also is a good source of Vitamin A and some of the B Vitamins. Its high content of Vitamin C provides antioxidants, and it can be an anti-inflammatory.


Zucchini can support a healthy coat and skin due to its abundant supply of vitamin and minerals.


Zucchini contains the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, which are associated with healthy eyesight.


slimdoggy smileySlimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

Zucchini is a fantastic and low calorie nutritional powerhouse that is good for your dog. We give it the Slimdoggy Happy Face.


Miscellaneous facts about Zucchini

Even though zucchini is known as a vegetable, it’s technically a fruit because it comes from a flower.


Sources and further reading

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  1. Good to know! I feed Rita a diet of about 3/4 high quality grain free kibble and 1/4 home cooked ‘soup’ that I make in the slow cooker with org. meat, some root veg and some green veg. Good to know I can happily add some zuc’s!
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    • Nice home cooked meal for Rita. Add some zucchini – she will love it!
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  2. I love zucchini and the dogs will eat it too, my birds really love it. I didn’t know it was a fruit, interesting. Congrats on doing the whole alphabet.
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  3. I have treats with Zucchini… but although I’m a greedy guy, that’s not really my favorite… I only eat it when I get no other treats :o)
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  4. Good info to know about Zucchini! Question – I know we have completed the “alphabet,” but the other day I came upon some information about liver being bad for dogs “in large quantities.” The problem is, I can find no source online who can state exactly what quantity is too much; in small quantities, liver is good for dogs. There are a lot of dog ‘treats’ in liver, as well. Personally, I make liver for my dogs and add it to their dry food. So if you once again do the alphabet, please be so kind as to do “L” for Liver! TY!

  5. What’s not to love about zucchini? I sometimes make zucchini chips in the oven for Honey.

    I’m surprised it’s not in more dog food given how easy it is to grow.
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  6. Hmmm never really thought too much about zucchini!
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  7. 3/4 of our pack love Zucchini! Missy & Buzz get it as an occasional topper on their meals, and I like to sauté for myself. Only Daddy refuses to eat it…
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  8. For some reason everyone grows zucchini around here, so in the fall they have to much and want to unload some of it on us. Mom won’t eat it because she can’t stand the texture in her mouth, but now we know to take some and make treats for us doggies.
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  9. We don’t eat zucchini but we love squash. How is it for dogs? How about celery? My husband dropped a piece of celery when he was making gumbo and Bentley went crazy over it! I looked it up and it seems fine for him. What is SlimDoggy’s comfort level? ☺
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  10. We always plant one zucchini plant a year and it is enough for us and all the dogs to munch on a daily basis. So many things we can do with them.
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  11. I did not know zucchini was good for skin and coat. It will be a long time before we get the good fresh zucchini around here. August I think. 🙂
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  12. I think zucchini is one of the few vegetables I could never, ever get tired of. I usually steam it as a side to dinner about 3-4 a week. I always give Buster a couple slices right after I chop it up before I add anything to it. He takes it and seems happy enough but doesn’t seem to love it quite as much as I do. Oh well!

  13. When I make Ace’s raw meals at home, I have used zucchini. He could take it or leave it, as with most vegetables, but I know it’s healthy for him.
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  14. Great post! I eat a lot of zucchini and squash and sometimes buy extra to puree and mix into our dogs’ food too.
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  15. This is great to know! Most years I grow zucchini in the garden, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried to give it to the dogs. I definitely will now! I would also think it would make a great base for some homemade dog treats. I’ll have to look up some recipes next summer.
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  16. Interesting! I love it, and I never ever thought to give some to Harley. Thanks so much! Will have to try it soon.

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