Dogs are carnivores, so they need a meat-based diet. But that doesn’t mean they can only eat meat. There is an abundance of fruits and vegetables out there that your dog can enjoy as well. Here we will list fruity and veggie options for the canine audience.
Fruits and Vegetables Your Dog Can Safely Eat
Fruits and vegetables are some of the most healthy things humans can eat, and it turns out that they’re good for dogs as well. One way to make sure your dog is getting some of the nutrients that come naturally in fruits and vegetables is to implement them into your pet’s diet.
The following is a list of fruit and vegetable food items that your dog can safely eat. Chop them up and pop them into stuffable toys like kongs to add variety and interest for your dog. Frozen carrots make great teething treats for puppies and frozen watermelon balls make brilliant cooling treat in summer (for both you and your dog!)
- Apples are a wonderful source of Vitamin A, C, and fibre. Be sure to remove the core and seeds before feeding one to your dog.
- Bananas are high in nutrients ( potassium, vitamins and copper), but you should only give them as a rare treat due to their high sugar content.
- Blueberries are full of antioxidants and fiber, which can reduce the risk of cancer in your pet.
- Broccoli is adark green vegetable is safe for dogs to eat, but only in small doses, as it can lead to diarrhea due to its fibrous nature.
- Brussel sprouts are not the only vegetables that give us gas. They can do the same to your pooch.
- Cantaloupe melons are great for dogs, but they should only be given in small amounts as they are high in sugar.
- Carrots are a food item that is safe for dogs to eat. They contain vitamins, fibre, and will help your dog’s teeth stay in good condition! Freeze one as a long lasting chew.
- Celery is a low-calorie vegetable and a healthy snack for your pup with natural teeth scrubbing abilities.
- Cucumbers are low-calorie, safe snacks for dogs. Feed sparingly to avoid stomach discomfort.
- Green beans are a healthy option for your pup. Fresh green beans contain iron and vitamins while canned green beans have added salt.
- Mango can be a tasty treat when eaten fresh. Even though mangos are safe to eat, do not feed them whole as the flat stone in the middle could potentially choke your dog.
- Oranges should be peeled before feeding to your canine pal, and all seeds removed as dogs can get choked on the seeds.
- Peaches areyummy, butyou need to cut the flesh from the pit before feeding it to your dog.
- Pears are deliciousand also need the pips removing.
- Potato has to be cooked before feeding.
- Pumpkin is packed with fibre and good for dogs with sensitive tums. ( Read about pumpkin benefits here)
- Sweet potato isa great nutritious alternative to normal potatoes. Makes a great substitute for flour when cooking dog treats.
- Watermelon is a good way to keep your dog hydrated in summer.
If you’re interested in trying out new fruits and vegetables with your dog, there are a few items on the list that can be toxic for them. These specific foods include garlic, onion, mushroom, avocado, and rhubarb.
It’s always best to get your vets advice before feeding your pets any new food especially if your dog has a delicate digestive system or allergies.