Can my dog eat asparagus? Is asparagus toxic to dogs? What are the side effects when dog ate asparagus? Canine nutrition tips from small animal nutritionist & pet nutrition coach. Perfect cocker spaniel blog. English cocker spaniel advice, puppy tips, grooming, training, behaviour and diet for dogs. (C) Natalia Ashton

Can my dog eat… asparagus?

Asparagus is one of the signs of spring. It is a truly seasonal vegetable that appears around April, when it tastes most delicious. Do you love asparagus? I suspect if you are reading this post, then you most likely do. After all, it is the foods we love and appreciate the most that tend to sneak into our dogs’ diet at some point.

The question is…


The answer is YES and NO.

In short, eating a couple of asparagus tips will not be dangerous for most dogs provided that the vegetable is cooked (i.e. boiled/steamed, not roasted with other ingredients that can be toxic to dogs), not raw, and the dog is given small pieces.

However, if you ask whether or not you should be giving asparagus to your dog as a health-conscious nutritionally-beneficial snack, I’d say NO because of the following reasons:

Asparagus is quite high in fibre. It means it can cause bloating, diarrhoea and gas.

Asparagus shoots can be very hard at the bottom, which, in addition to the above, will become a choking hazard for many dogs.

Asparagus belongs to the Liliaceae (or Lily) family of plants. Some of the plants are known to be extremely toxic, while others are not fatal as such, yet likely to cause problems, particularly diarrhoea, vomiting or tummy aches.

Also note that what we buy and eat are young shots. Once the plant has matured, the spears turn into a decorative fern, often spotting tiny red berries by the end of summer. Both are toxic to dogs and can lead to vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea if eaten. If a dog is repeatedly in contact with the plant, he may potentially develop skin irritation. Worth to bear in mind if you have an asparagus plant in your garden.

Asparagus is one of the main sources of saponins (or steroidal glycosides). While they may be beneficial for human immunity, these compounds can irritate the GI tract in dogs if eaten in large quantities.

The bottom line… Don’t panic if your dog eats a spear or two – just keep an eye on him to make sure he is, how to put it, internally happy. But don’t necessarily feed asparagus to your dog because you have some around. It’s definitely one of the foods that should be reserved for humans only.

Photo credit: photo of asparagus tips taken by Natalia Ashton ©

Getting Christmas gifts for your pup? Read this first.

Gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts!

Wherever I look, I see pup parents frantically buying gifts for their dogs.

But let me tell you one, possibly unpopular, thing: the ONLY gift your pup needs and REALLY enjoys is… YOU!

Your company, your attention, your smiles and touches. They mean so much for to any dog!


Because dogs are, whether you like it or not, animals. Not humans. They don’t put the same value on gifts as you do.

Pause and think before you fall into the Christmas shopping madness…

If your pup needs a new collar because the old one is no longer safe – go for it! If the content of his toy box looks a bit tired – get a great toy, the best you can afford. If a new bed is what is important, click “buy”.

And if you want him to have something yummy – bake treats at home! Safer, budget-friendly and gives you a chance to truly bond with your spaniel. Trust me, I wrote the cookbooks!

So stop stressing out about having to buy things or showing the world how “lucky” your pup is because he’s got a bunch of stuff for Christmas.

Trust me, “the world” doesn’t give a damn and can even feel upset, or, in some cases, envious, because not everyone can be like you.

And the thing is… Love for a dog isn’t equal to the amount of money spent on him. And your pup will never judge you if all he gets for Christmas is a kiss.

Remember to live your life! Not consume it or measure its worth with things (that most dogs don’t even care about)

Just you and your pup. Isn’t it the best gift?!

As a bonus, here is a list of ten fun ideas to make your pup the happiest, and they won’t cost you a thing!

Photo credit: image by Yevhen Buzuk from Pixabay

Style outfit ideas for dog walking in fashion / Spring edition / Camel outfit ideas / Cashmere jumper, leather trousers, puff jacket, suede leather bag / Perfect cocker spaniel / pet blog (C) Natalia Ashton

Fashion guide to walking your dog in style | Autumn edition

Yes, the style part of the blog is back. And hopefully back for good. I had so many requests that I simply could not sit back, wave and say “No”. You want it. I love it. So it’s decided. Dog mums, this is for you.

I’ll start with an outfit that very much resembles what I am currently wearing to stay cosy. It’s my idea of feeling good with minimum effort because early morning walks are not the time when I want to think too much about dressing up. All I want is to keep my eyes open, stay upright and awake, and find enough energy to (literally) pull on a few pieces of clothes, ideally no buttons, dot a drop of perfume because it smells particularly lovely when the air is frosty, and head out to entertain my pups.

I included two pairs of gloves. The leather ones are a style steal and perfect when you are leisurely wandering with your spaniel on tow. The fingerless pair will keep your hands warm when you are training and using rewards or want to take photos.

an idea for dog walking outfit in style including layering with wool coat, sweater, pull on trousers, scarf and pompom hat. Featuring Vince sweater, H&M coat, Reiss accessories, wool scarf, Dr Martens boots, natural organic make-up, Le Labo perfumes, and Mango leather bag with gold buckle. Created and shared on Perfect cocker spaniel blog / UK website about English cocker spaniels, puppy tips, dog nutrition, diet, training and grooming by Natalia Ashton (C) UK-based canine nutritionist, small animal nutritionist, pet nutrition coach, food stylist and photographer, dog mum, author of Perfect cocker spaniel, Beyond the Doughnut and Treats.

Shop: Sweater | Trousers | Boots | Hat | Scarf | Lip balm | Perfume | Coat | Bag | Gloves | Gloves