How to Cook Radish for Dogs (Complete Guide)

Giving your dog vegetables is a good way to ensure your pup receives a good, well-balanced diet. There are many things they can eat and radish is one of these. Although there are some warnings to think about, follow these tips and simple recipes to feed it to your precious pooch.

Some Initial Precautions

It’s perfectly fine to give your dog radishes to eat and they won’t be harmful or dangerous. These can be either cooked or raw. But, there are some important things to take note of before giving it to your beloved dog.

Low Nutrient & Calorie Count

First, understand that radishes are not very high in calories, minerals or nutrients. Other veggies offer far more benefits in this regard. However, this can be a blessing if you have a pudgy pooch and you’re looking to control their weight.

But, because of the pungent spicy flavor of radishes, it can be overwhelming to your dog’s palette. So, it’s advisable you only give them a small amount. You can top their kibble with it, give it as a treat if they like it that much or mix it in with their wet food.

Portions

You shouldn’t give more than ¼ cup at a time. Of course, this will depend on the size of your dog’s appetite and physical appearance. For instance, you should give Border Collies a little less than you would a Bull Mastiff.

No Radish Greens

If you grow your own radishes or buy them whole from the organic market, don’t give your dog radish greens. Although not poisonous, they can create a severe stomach upset for your pup.

Make Sure Your Dog Likes Radishes

Also, only give radishes to your dog if you know they like them. There are many other fruits and veggies that canines can eat that will be far more nutritious and delicious for them.

As a Veggie Replacement in Homemade Dog Food

If your dog loves radishes, you can use it in many raw or cooked recipes. But, if you do this, you will have to use less of it so the flavor isn’t overwhelming.

You can use it to replace celery, apples, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes or even broccoli. However, you will have to add an additional veggie or fruit to make up for the difference because of how you’ll have to reduce the amount the recipe calls for.

Savory Salad

Make this simple, delicious salad for your dog as a treat or part of their kibble. It’s healthy, light and provides a host of minerals and nutrients your dog will love. Plus, you both can eat it. Just don’t add any dressing for your dog’s portion.

Items You’ll Need

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Serving Bowl for Your Dog

Ingredients

  • 1 handful of leafy greens: Lettuce, Kale, Spinach, Romaine and etc., chopped
  • ½ Cup Cucumber, chopped
  • ½ Cup Carrots, chopped
  • 1/8 Cup Raw Raddish, chopped
  • Drizzle of Olive or Coconut Oil (optional)

Instructions

  1. With a cutting board and a knife, chop all the veggies, even the leafy greens, into easy-to-chew pieces.
  2. In the mixing bowl, combine all the veggies and toss either with a spoon or your hands.
  3. Put it in the serving bowl for your dog and drizzle with your chosen oil.

Roasted Radishes

As a nice side dish for your pup, give them some roasted radishes. It softens up the texture a little bit while still delivering a light crispiness on the outside. Like the salad above, you and your dog can eat this. But only put seasoning on your portion once they finish cooking.

Items You’ll Need

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Paper Toweling
  • Roasting Pan
  • Parchment Paper
  • Large Sandwich Bag or Freezer Bag

Ingredients

  • ½ lb of radishes, trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp Olive, Canola, Vegetable or Coconut Oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line the roasting pan with parchment paper.
  2. Clean and trim the radishes on the cutting board with the knife. If there are any particularly bulbous ones, cut them in half or quarters.
  3. Take the large sandwich bag or freezer bag and put all the prepared radishes in it.
  4. Pour your oil of choice over the radishes.
  5. Close the bag and shake it around to ensure the oil covers every part, piece and section of the radishes.
  6. Pour the radishes onto the parchment-lined roasting pan and arrange them in a single layer. Make sure there’s enough space between each one so they heat evenly.
  7. Put the roasting pan into the oven and cook for 30 minutes to 45 minutes, maybe more, until the radishes are golden brown.
  8. Shake them around every 10 to 15 minutes to ensure all sides get browned.
  9. Pull the radishes out of the oven, allow them to cool and give about ¼ cup to your dog. You can put it on kibble, in wet food or as a separate treat.

Beefcake Meatloaf

This recipe is great because you can get several meals out of one. The compactness of the slices makes it an economical space-saver in your fridge or freezer. It’s convenient for you and nutritious for your dog.

Items You’ll Need

  • Bread Pan
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Spoon
  • Food Grater

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground protein (beef, kangaroo, pork, chicken, turkey and etc)
  • 1½ Cups fresh grated produce: Broccoli, Carrots, Apples and Radishes
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1½ Cups Gluten Free Rolled Oats

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line the bread pan with parchment paper.
  2. In the mixing bowl, grate the Broccoli, Carrots, Apples and Radishes.
  3. Then, add the Rolled Oats, choice of protein and the eggs; mix well.
  4. Put the mixture into the parchment-lined bread pan so that it forms an entire loaf.
  5. Place it in the oven and bake it for 40 minutes to 45 minutes, or until the meat is cooked to the appropriate temperature (depending on the meat you’re using).
  6. Allow it to cool all the way through and then cut slices the size of meal portions.
  7. Put these in freezer-safe bags or containers.