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Can Dogs Eat Parsnips And Turnips? – Here’s What Vet Says

Written by: Milica Brzakovic
Joanna de Klerk
Reviewed by: Dr. Joanna de Klerk, BVetMed (hons) MScTAH
Are you introducing parsnips and turnips to your dog? If so, make sure that you check this article first.

Can dogs eat parsnips? What about parsnips?

For humans, these vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, but do dogs get identical nutrients? Can dogs eat turnips?

Responsible dog ownership is also a lot about nutrition – knowing which human food is bad for dogs, can save your dog’s life.

For example, eating human chocolate can be deadly for dogs, while occasional cucumber can be a great treat.

Can dogs eat parsnips and turnips? Let’s answer on parsnips first and learn if dogs are allowed parsnips.

Can Dogs Eat Parsnips?

Yes, dogs can eat parsnips! And not only are they safe for dogs to have, but they are healthy as well.

However, there are still a couple of things you should think about when serving parsnips to your dog.

Even though parsnips are a safe and healthy vegetable, dogs and people aren’t the same so you shouldn’t assume that you and your dog need the same amount of vegetables.

On the other note, parsnips have a high glycemic index, which means they can cause a spike in sugar levels, so it’d be better to avoid giving it to your dog if it has diabetes.

We’ll get to the details in a bit, but first, let’s see what makes parsnips so beneficial for dogs!

SUMMARY: Parsnips are perfectly safe and healthy for dogs.

What Are The Benefits Of Parsnips For Dogs?

So, what is it that makes parsnips so great for dogs? Let’s check parsnips benefits:

  • Contains vitamins, especially Vitamins B6 and C
  • Contains minerals
  • Contains antioxidants that help fight cancer and have anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties
  • Contains fiber
  • It is high in folic acid, which boosts metabolism and keeps the nervous system healthy
  • Contains potassium, very important for the skeletal, cardiac and muscle performance

Like this wasn’t enough, parsnips fed in moderation are believed to be very beneficial for dogs with kidney disease, thanks to vitamins B6 and C in parsnips.

SUMMARY: Parsnips are believed to be very efficient in boosting your dog’s immune system, and metabolism and in protecting his nervous system.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Parsnips?

Parsnips can be served both raw and cooked.

However, it’s important to remember that dogs tend to swallow their food, instead of chewing it properly, which is why it can be smart to “do the chewing for them”.

To avoid any accident, cut raw parsnips into smaller pieces or blend them until it becomes a puree.

However, unless the chunks are too big to swallow whole, biting through raw parsnips will be good for their teeth and gums, it will actually help break off tartar buildup.

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Parsnips?

Cooked or steamed parsnips are a good alternative as well, as it makes digestion easier.

When it comes to the peel of parsnips it’s safe as long as it’s clean. Furthermore, most of the nutrients are there, so it would be a shame to peel them off.

You can also choose if you want to serve only parsnips or mash them together with something else your dog likes. Finally, don’t overdo it when giving parsnips to your dog.

While it’s very healthy in moderate amounts, there’s absolutely no point in giving too many vegetables to your dog.

Since dogs are on the carnivorous side of omnivores and therefore need more meat and protein sources in their diet than vegetables – occasional veggie treats are perfectly enough!


You can serve raw or cooked/steamed parsnips to your dog. Just make sure you cut them into bite-sized pieces to prevent choking.

How Many Parsnips Can A Dog Eat?

There is no strict rule when it comes to serving parsnips to your dog. You should take into consideration the dog’s size, age, and overall health.

If your dog has a sensitive stomach you should avoid offering him anything but dog food.

How many parsnips to serve to medium or large-size dogs? Serve one small or one medium-sized parsnip, and only as an occasional treat.

Too much parsnip can upset a dog’s stomach. How many parsnips to serve to a small-size dog? In this case, serve half a parsnip.

Now, let’s see if can dogs eat turnips…

Can Dogs Eat Turnips?

Yes, dogs can eat turnips. Turnip for dogs should be a rare treat, served in minimal amounts. I

It’s very important to only feed small amounts of turnips to your dog. If you do that, turnips can be beneficial to your dog – just like parsnips.

Is turnip good for dogs? Yes when served in moderation. Learn below about turnip benefits for dogs.

SUMMARY: Dogs can eat turnips. When consumed in small amounts, they can be good for canines.

What Are The Benefits Of Turnips For Dogs?

Yes, this is another healthy vegetable for dogs, but why? Turnips are:

  • Rich in dietary fiber
  • Vitamin C and B6
  • Source of magnesium
  • High in folic acid
  • Rich in various antioxidants
  • High in water content

Just like parsnips, turnips are helpful with dogs that suffer from kidney disease as they act as a natural diuretic, which means that they help create urine through increasing kidney filtration and thus they stimulate kidney function.

SUMMARY: Similar to parsnips, turnips are great for promoting kidney health, boosting the immune system, and regulating your dog’s metabolism.

How To Serve Turnips To Dogs?

Rule number one – serve in moderation! This is especially important with turnips, as too many can lead to digestion problems.

When it comes to different ways of serving, you can feed your dog both raw and cooked turnips. The rules are pretty much the same as with parsnips.

If you decide to serve them raw, facilitate the digestion as much as possible by putting the turnips in a blender or chopping it up into small pieces.

If you decide to serve it cooked or steamed, digestion will be easier. Also, greens of turnips are better steamed and cleaned, but they’re in general safe to eat as long as you wash the turnips before.

Another important thing to have in mind when it comes to turnips is that they shouldn’t be given to dogs with a thyroid condition.

Once again – can dogs have turnips? Yes, as long as they don’t have diagnosed condition and they are on a specific diet.

Namely, just as cauliflower, parsnip contains goitrogen – a substance that tends to suppress the thyroid function.

So, if your dog falls under this category, parsnips should be avoided.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Turnips?

As mentioned above, turnips can be served to dogs in their raw form.

Dogs can eat raw turnips as long as this veggie is chopped and (best option) mixed with dog food.

When served in moderation and occasionally raw turnips can regulate a dog’s metabolism.

On the other hand, if served in large amounts turnips may lead to an upset stomach.

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Turnips?

When serving fruit to dogs it is best to stick to the cooked version. Dogs can eat cooked turnips.

You can even mash them up and mix them with dry and wet dog food.

If Fido eats too many cooked turnips, he might experience stomach-related issues, such as diarrhea.

When you cook turnips for your dog do not use spices.

Dogs do not need seasoning, as they do not tolerate salt, any sort of spicy seasoning, or artificial ingredients.

Can Dogs Eat Pickled Turnips?

In general, dogs should not eat any pickled food.

Since onion or garlic are toxic to dogs, they should stay away from any food that contains these ingredients.

Pickled turnips often do contain spices, with onion or garlic being almost always present.

Plus, pickled vegetable usually contains salt which is also dangerous to dogs when consumed. What about other turnips parts?

  • Can dogs turnip greens? Wash them and steam and your dog might enjoy them.
  • Can dogs eat turnip skin? Dogs can eat the turnip skin, but it is always better to peel turnips, just in case.
  • Can dogs eat turnip flowers? Dogs can eat turnip flowers, so wash them and chop them before serving.

SUMMARY: Serve raw or cooked turnips in moderation and your dog will be able to benefit from this healthy vegetable.

Otherwise, turnips are completely safe to give your dog. If you want to discover more healthy vegetables, check out the video below!

Can Dogs Eat Swede?

Swede or Rutabaga, also known as Swedish turnip and neep, is a root vegetable.

Can dogs eat raw swede? As well as turnips and parsnips, swede is also safe for dogs, both raw and cooked. However, be sure to wash it thoroughly, and peel it, and then you can cut it into smaller pieces or make a puree.

However, some swede could potentially cause stomach upset and diarrhea, especially if your pet isn’t used to eating it.

To include safe raw food in your dog’s diet, expand your knowledge of dog nutrition.

What Foods Can Dogs Eat Raw?

If you want to switch your dog to a raw diet make sure that you talk with your veterinarian first.

In most cases, raw foods that dogs can eat include meat, fruit, and vegetable.

Dogs can even benefit from yogurt especially served on hot summer days.

A raw egg is a great addition to a dog’s dry food when you want to enrich the dog’s daily diet.

Overall, you can stick to serving your dog raw carrots, cucumber, eggs, broccoli, apples, and bananas.


Good news – both turnips and parsnips can safely be consumed by your dog. And even better, they’re healthy as well!

Both of these vegetables are rich in vitamins B6 and C, fibers, and antioxidants.

The antioxidants have anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, and they also help in fighting cancer.

Parsnips and turnips can be served both cooked and raw. If served raw, it’s important to either chop them up or blend them into a puree. Cooked vegetables are easier for digestion.

When it comes to parsnips, the peel should be left on as it’s where most nutrients are.

And another very important thing when it comes to both vegetables – always washes them before feeding them to your dog!

Finally, turnips shouldn’t be given to dogs with a thyroid condition as they tend to suppress thyroid function.

The bottom line is – both parsnips and turnips are healthy for dogs, as long as you serve them in moderation and occasionally!