Can Dogs Eat Parsnips?

Parsnips are a root vegetable that look similar to carrots. They have an off-white color with purple specks, and part of their root is edible, while the other part can be used to grow new parsnip plants.

Can Dogs Eat Parsnips?

Parsnips are safe for your dog to eat as long as they are given in moderation and you remove any stringy parts. You should also remove the parsnip’s leaves, flowers and seeds. Parsnips are not toxic to dogs but can result in an upset stomach if given to your dog in excess.

Can Dogs Eat Parsnips

Are Parsnips Healthy for Dogs?

Parsnips are pretty high in sugar, so too many parsnips can lead to weight gain and other health issues, especially in larger breeds.

If your dog has problems digesting parsnips, they can develop gas and bloating. This is the most common issue with eating parsnips, so start with a small amount to test your dog’s tolerance, and keep an eye out for this side effect.

What’s The Nutritional Value Of Parsnips?

Parsnips are rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C and B-6. They’re also a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese.

100g of parsnips includes the following nutrients:

  • 54 calories
  • 10.5g carbohydrate
  • 2.1g protein
  • 0.4g fat (0.2g saturated fat)
  • 6mg sodium
  • 6g dietary fiber
  • 21mg vitamin C
  • 0.6mg vitamin B-6

Are Parsnips a Safe Vegetable For Dogs To Eat?

As long as the parsnips are fresh it is perfectly safe for dogs to eat them. However, parsnip contains small amounts of oxalates which can cause health problems for dogs. Brown, red or white parsnips are all safe for dogs to eat but be careful not to give your dog parsnips that have gone bad, as this can cause health problems.

Parsnips are a root vegetable and should be treated as such. Just like with people, it is best to remove the parsnips’ tops, ends and peel it before feeding it to your dog.


Dog Eating Parsnips

Can Dogs Eat Raw Parsnips?

A small piece of raw parsnip is not harmful for your dog to eat, however they can cause pain or injury if swallowed whole due to their size. It is best to cook parsnips before feeding them to your dog. This will make them smaller, softer and also destroy enzymes that might cause digestive problems.

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Parsnips?

Dogs can eat cooked parsnips as long as they are thoroughly cooked and softened, and cut into smaller pieces. Just like when feeding to people, it is best to remove the parsnips’ tops, ends and peel it before feeding it to your dog.

Parsnips are safe for your dog as long as they are given in moderation. Parsnips are high in sugar, so too many parsnips can lead to weight gain and other health issues,

How Much Parsnip Can Dogs Eat?

Parsnip can be given to dogs in small amounts as a treat. A larger amount can cause your dog gastric distress due to the high fiber content of parsnips, and the vegetables’ sugar content may upset your dog’s stomach.

Can Puppies Eat Parsnips?

Yes, puppies can eat small amounts of parsnip as a treat. However, like with adult dogs, too many parsnips may cause gastric upset.

Parsnips are an OK vegetable for dogs to eat, but dog owners should take care in how much they feed their pet. It is best to avoid giving any parsnips to a dog that might have problems digesting the vegetable’s stringy parts or sugar content.

Many dogs have no issues eating parsnips, but if your dog has digestive problems after eating parsnips it is best to avoid feeding them these vegetables in the future.

Can Senior Dogs Eat Parsnips?

Parsnips are safe for senior dogs to eat in moderation but it is important to monitor their eating to ensure they aren’t eating too many parsnips.

Parsnips will not harm your dog but if your dog has problems with gas, bloating or other digestive issues after eating parsnips, it is best to avoid these vegetables in the future.

How To Feed Parsnips To Dogs

The best way to feed your dog parsnips is:

  1. Slice a small amount of parsnip into very thin slices.
  2. Cook the parsnips in boiling water for about ten minutes or until they’re tender and then drain them well.
  3. Mix the cooked parsnips with your dog’s food to make it more appealing to eat. You can also mix some canned pumpkin or plain yogurt with the parsnips to make them easier on your dog’s stomach.

If your dog tolerates cooked parsnip you can give him some as a treat daily.

Keep the amount of parsnips you feed your dog low, since they are high in sugar and fiber which can cause digestive problems.

Does Dog Food Contain Parsnips?

Small amounts of cooked or dehydrated parsnips might be added to some commercial dry foods as a source of fiber, but most ingredients lists do not contain parsnip at all. Feeding your pet fresh vegetables is always preferable over commercial pet food.

Parsnips are safe for your dog to eat but you should feed him parsnips in moderation, since they are high in sugar and fiber which can cause digestive problems.

How To Make Parsnip Muffins For Dogs


  • 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 cups of fresh chopped parsnips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place parchment paper on two baking sheets, preferably with low sides- this is so that the excess juices can be collected when baking rather than spilling all over your oven.
  2. Gently dry out the blueberries in a paper towel. This step is key to keeping the muffins moist!
  3. Use a food processor or blender to process the eggs, salt and olive oil together. The mix should be very smooth once processed- if this isn’t the case, add more olive oil until it comes together properly.
  4. Add 2 cups of flour to your mix, one cup at a time. Process again after each addition so that all ingredients are combined.
  5. Add fresh parsnips to your mixture along with blueberries and gently combine them into the batter.
  6. Use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to place dollops of your dough onto prepared baking sheets.
  7. Place the baking sheets in the center of your oven and bake for approximately 10-13 minutes.

Check them after 10 minutes, as each oven varies slightly. They are done when they have a nice golden color to their crust .

A Note On Baking Time

It is important that you bake these parsnip muffins at 350 degrees Fahrenheit from start to finish. If your oven runs a bit hot, it might be necessary to reduce the heat slightly so that they don’t burn before being cooked through completely. Just keep an eye on them- if you notice any burning around the edges, remove them from oven immediately!

When finished, allow them to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to continue cooling. This will ensure that they have a nice, crispy exterior instead of being soggy from cooling in their own juices! Store well-covered in the refrigerator where they should last you anywhere from one to two weeks.

Carrie Becker

Carrie has two dogs of her own and also volunteers her time fostering senior dogs and renewing them until they find their forever homes.

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