Fermented Vegetables for Dogs Recipe
Introducing fermented vegetables into your dog’s diet is a great way to promote good gut health.
Fermented veggies are packed with beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. These help to promote a healthy gut by balancing the microflora in your dog’s digestive system, which is essential for proper digestion, nutrient absorption and overall immune function.
What are the benefits of fermented vegetables for dogs?
Not only are fermented veggies a delicious treat for your dog, but they also offer numerous health benefits.
1. Improved digestion. The probiotics in fermented vegetables can aid in digestion, reducing issues such as bloating, gas and diarrhoea.
2. Enhanced nutrient absorption. A healthy gut allows for better absorption of essential nutrients, ensuring your dog gets the most out of their food.
3. Strengthened immune system. Did you know that the majority of a dog’s immune system resides in their gut? By promoting a healthy gut, fermented veg can help strengthen their immune system and protect against illnesses.
4. Fresher breath. Fermented vegetables can help combat bad breath in dogs by promoting a healthy balance of bacteria in their mouths.
You can make your own fermented vegetables at home or purchase pre-made options from most pet stores. If making your own, follow proper fermentation techniques and use dog-safe ingredients.
Can dogs eat fermented cabbage?
Feeding your dog small amounts of fermented cabbage can be particularly beneficial for dogs with sensitive stomachs or those experiencing digestive issues.
Sauerkraut is also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and fibre, however, if your dog has allergies or is histamine intolerant, sauerkraut may worsen their symptoms.
Recipe for fermented vegetables for dogs
These recipes are suitable for both dogs and humans.
Thank you to Master Bowie over on Instagram, who has kindly shared their recipe with us.
You will need:
- 8 cups red or green cabbage (finely grated or chopped)
- 1 ½ – 2 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste)
- 1 small beet (finely shredded)
- 3 whole carrots (finely shredded)
- 3 Tbsp fresh ginger (shredded / grated)
- 3 Tbsp fresh turmeric (shredded / grated)
- 4 cloves garlic (finely minced)
- Ginger and lemon kombucha to cover
1. Add all the ingredients into a fermenting jar
3. Leave to marinate for about a week, depending on how sour you'd like it to be.
As a substitute for the kombucha, you can use a mixture of sea salt and water to make a brine.
Recipe for fermented cabbage for dogs
Another healthy recipe from our Ambassador Dee Dee, with just two ingredients.
You will need:
- 1 head of cabbage (finely shredded)
- 2% sea salt
- Fermenting jar
- Fermenting weight
1. Take off the outer leaves of your head of cabbage and set aside.
2. Finely slice the remaining cabbage, then layer the cabbage and salt (about a tablespoon of salt per layer) in a tub or bowl.
3. Rub the mixture together, leave for five minutes and then keep mixing the salt and cabbage until there is plenty of brine. The brine should cover the cabbage, but if it doesn’t, you can make additional brine by dissolving 1 tsp of sea salt into 250ml of water, as needed.
4. Add the mixture to a sterilised jar, making sure that all the cabbage is submerged.
5. Use the cabbage leaves previously set aside to pack on top and keep everything under the brine.
6. Use your fermenting weight to weigh down the contents and pop the lid on your fermenting jar.
7. Leave the sauerkraut to ferment for at least five days.
The cabbage will become more sour the longer it’s fermented, so taste it regularly until you are happy with the flavour.
You can store it in the fridge for up to six months.
How to incorporate fermented vegetables into your dog's diet
1. Start slow. Introduce fermented vegetables gradually into your dog's diet to allow their digestive system to adjust. Begin with small amounts and gradually increase the serving size over time.
2. Choose the right vegetables. Opt for dog-friendly vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, and green beans. Avoid using vegetables that are toxic to dogs, such as onions and garlic.
3. Serve as a topping or treat. Add a spoonful of fermented vegetables to your dog's regular meals as a tasty and nutritious topping. You can also offer them as a standalone treat during training sessions or as a reward for good behaviour.
Remember, every dog is unique, and it's important to consult with your veterinarian before making any significant changes to their diet.
While fermented vegetables can be a healthy addition to your dog's meals, they should not replace their regular balanced diet.