Why can’t dogs eat asparagus? Raw or cooked asparagus is okay for your dog, but it’s hard on their digestive system because of the indigestible fiber. During cooking, asparagus spears become soft, reducing the risk that your dog could choke on them.
Why do dogs love asparagus? Dogs are omnivores, and they benefit from many different fruits and vegetables for the same reasons humans do— these foods are low in fat and sugar, and high in vitamins and fiber. Asparagus is high in folic acid, potassium, fiber, thiamin, vitamin A, and vitamin B6, important nutrients for dogs.
Why should you not eat asparagus? However, eating asparagus can also have some side effects: Because of its high fiber content, asparagus can cause flatulence, stomach cramps, and gastric upset in some people. Asparagus contains asparagusic acid that may break down to sulfurous compounds and lend a funny smell to your urine.
Why pee stinks after asparagus? When asparagus is digested, asparagusic acid gets broken down into sulfur containing byproducts. Sulfur, in general, is not very pleasant to smell, notes Dr. Bobart. When you pee, the sulfur byproducts evaporate almost immediately, causing you to smell that unpleasant scent.