Adding Green Beans for Dog Kibble

by Pauline Gill
    Green beans are a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C and manganese.

    Green beans are a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C and manganese.

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    If your pup is overweight or if you wish to add more fiber to his diet, adding green beans to his dog kibble is one solution. Green beans are low in calories and will help your pup feel full because of the fiber content. Green beans are inexpensive when compared to specialty dog foods that promote weight loss. Before adding green beans to your dog's kibble or adding any human food, discuss it with your veterinarian.

    Step 1

    Evaluate your dog's body condition. Place both of your thumbs on his backbone and spread your hands across his rib cage. You should be able to feel his ribs. Look at his profile. If he has an hourglass shape that includes an abdomen tucked behind the rib cage, he is an appropriate weight.

    Step 2

    Adjust your dog's diet and include an exercise program if he is overweight. Begin feeding your dog twice a day to spread out the food and help keep his metabolism going.

    Step 3

    Measure your dog's kibble with a measuring cup. Measure out 1/4 cup less than he normally eats for one of the two meals. After a few days, decrease the second meal by another 1/4 cup.

    Step 4

    Stir in 1/4 cup of the green beans after a few days of adjusting his kibble. Do this for one feeding for a few days until your dog adjusts to the added fiber. The added fiber may cause some gas if too much is introduced at once. After a few days, add a 1/4 cup of green beans to the second feeding.

    Step 5

    Evaluate your dog's weight again after a few weeks. If he isn't losing weight, cut back on more kibble and replace with an equal amount of green beans.

    Items You Will Need

    • Measuring cup
    • Kibble
    • No-salt canned cut green beans
    • Frozen green beans

    Tip

    • Try frozen green beans as a treat for your dog.

    Warnings

    • Avoid green beans with added salt. The salt is too much for a dog.
    • Avoid canned whole green beans because they are too hard to measure unless you are willing to cut them.

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    About the Author

    Pauline Gill is a retired teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching English to high school students. She holds a bachelor's degree in language arts and a Master of Education degree. Gill is also an award-winning fiction author.

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