Green Bean Diet for Dogs: Is it Good or Bad?



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A while back a reader sent me a really interesting question that I wanted to share. It had to do with her dog's diet. She wrote:

"Dr. Debra, have you ever heard of the green bean diet for dogs? My dog is a 120-pound lab in about an 80-pound frame. My vet recommended the "green bean diet" for dogs. Do you know what it is and if it works?" (Molly D. Imperial, Missouri)

I have heard of this diet, and I had some information to share with Molly and her dog. To learn about it, go to: Green Bean Diet for Dogs.

Diets are frequently recommended for dogs struggling with obesity. Extra weight is common in dogs, especially those who are not very active or get a lot of treats. It is estimated that at least 1 in 3 dogs are heavier than they should be. If your dog is obese, here is a good article that talks about the causes and what you can do at home: Obesity in Dogs.

Obesity is really hard on a dog for multiple reasons. The extra weight can cause health problems and discomfort for your dog. Helping them stay healthy keeps them much happier. Overall, if your dog is obese I don't recommend the green bean diet but I do recommend weight loss techniques like more exercise and lower-calorie snacks.

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.