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Okra is a vegetable that belongs to the mallow family. It has been used for centuries in different cultures around the world, but its nutritional content and how safe it is for dogs to eat are still up for debate. Some people believe that okra can be toxic if consumed by dogs because of the potential presence of oxalates and phytotoxins, which are compounds found in some plants like spinach and rhubarb. However, there have not been any studies done on this topic yet so we don’t know if these vegetables contain enough oxalates or other harmful substances to harm your dog’s health when eaten raw or cooked. What seems more likely is that okra may cause digestive problems due to its high fiber content. Similar to other vegetables with a similar makeup, such as carrots or sweet potatoes, the roughage could potentially cause stomach upset and discomfort if not given in moderation. If you want your dog to eat okra without any worries about negative side effects (both physical and behavioral), then make sure it’s cooked thoroughly before serving. You can either stew it on low heat for hours until its soft enough that they will be able to swallow it whole or bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes depending on their size. Another option is microwaving them covered for approximately two minutes per cup of chopped vegetable but again this may alter the flavor which some dogs might find unappetizing so try a trial run first just in

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