Can Dogs Eat Black Eyed Peas?

Written by Wen Duan

 Can Dogs Eat Black Eyed Peas?

Yes, black eyed peas are a healthy ingredient for your dog's diet. 

Black eyed peas are a source of protein and carbohydrates. A great ingredient for making your dog food, black eyed peas can help regulate blood sugar level and it contains Vitamin K. Vitamin K supports healthy blood coagulation and helps metabolize protein.

Black eyed peas: best feeding practices

Black eyed peas are great as an occasional treat or supplement to your dog's meals. 

Though it is called black eyed "peas," they are actually a bean.

Beans are a great addition as an ingredient or topper for your dog's food. It is a good source of protein and fiber, but should not be used as a replacement for animal protein. 

When feeding your dog beans, it's important to us in moderation. Though there are nutritional benefits, black eyed peas are harder to digest than other dog proteins. Feeding your dog too many black eye peas can make your dog gassy and could potentially cause diarrhea. 

How can I serve my dog Black Eyed Peas?

Serve your dog cooked black eyed peas as a treat, a food topper, or as a secondary ingredient in a homemade meal. 

The best way to serve beans is to get dried beans, soak them overnight and then cook them plain by boiling them until soft.

For a quicker method, you can "quick soak" the black eyed peas by putting the dried beans in a pot of water and bring the pot to the boil. Let them boil for 2 minutes, remove the pan from the heat. Then allow the beans to soak in the water for 1 hour until soft. 

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There are even recipes for black eyed peas vegan dog food!

Homemade Vegan Dog Food:

1 1/2 cups tofu
1 cup rice
1 cup black eyed peas, cooked
1 teaspoon sunflower oil
4 teaspoons Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins

This recipe will yield approximately 1 1/4 lbs of food. Equating to 765 calories (Kcals) Approximately enough servings of food for one day for an 30 lb dog to maintain weight.


1.) Drain tofu from water and chop to bite sizes.

2.) Place rice in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring to the boil. Turn the heat all the way down and cover the pan tightly with a lid. Cook on the lowest heat possible for 10-15 mins without uncovering the pan. Use a fork to fluff up the cooked rice.

3.) Soaking is not required for black-eyed peas, but cooking time can be shortened if they get a quick soak in hot water. Place dried peas in a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove pot from heat and allow to stand for 60-90 minutes. Drain water and replace with fresh, cold water for cooking – or if you skipped the hot-soaking step, just rinse and add cold water. Place on stove and bring to a boil in a pot with a lid. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, tilting the lid slightly to allow steam to escape, and leave to cook for up to an hour, or until tender.

4.) Sunflower oil is added as a source of linoleic acid. If you would like a substitute oil, you can add wheat germ, walnut or corn oil in the ratio of 1.2 per 1 teaspoon of sunflower oil.

5.) Once the tofu, rice, and black eyed peas are cool to the touch, you can mix them together. Then add the Azestfor Nutritional Supplements. Do not add this to hot ingredients as heat destroys the potency of vitamins.

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Wen Duan

Wen is a proud dog mom and a frequent contributor to our blog.