Ever wonder whether dogs can eat vegetables or fruits? This is a question that I get asked quite often from pet owners all around the globe. Even my personal veterinarian tells me that this is a big question among pet owners. And his, as well as my, answer to that question is a resounding yes.
So to get you on the track to a healthier pet diet we've come up with a list of very healthy foods that you pet may actually enjoy.
If your dog is very young you should have no trouble introducing it to some vegetables and fruits. Older dogs may need to have these added to their diets very slowly over several months before they get accustomed to these new foods.
Remember, though, that vegetables and fruits should be given in moderation. Overdoing it can cause your pet to suffer some health problems. A good rule of thumb here is to not go over 10% of the animal's regular daily feeding.
Broccoli is a very nutritious snack for any dog. It is full of vitamins and minerals that can boost your pets health without too much risk. It is especially great for a growing puppy because of the iron content and being a green vegetable it is also high in anti-oxidants'. Just remember to offer this veggie in moderation as greens can cause gas in the intestinal tract.
#2 Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a great source of dietary fiber, essential nutrients, as well as vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Many dogs love sweet potatoes sliced or as a dehydrated chewy treat. Aside from the fresh ones you can get in a grocery store you can also get these as treats from your local pet shop. (See Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treat Recipe.)
Zucchinis are a great nutritious snack for you dog. This veggie is packed with nutrients like potassium and Vitamin C which are great supplements for your pet. And they are low in calories (2 or 3 per slice) which won't interfere with your dog's regular diet either.
Bananas make a great treat for your dog. If you freeze some slices you can offer them to your dog as a healthy treat on hot days to help cool them down. Bananas are a good source of potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, biotin and copper. They are also low in sodium and cholesterol, but due to the sugar content in bananas, you should only give them as a treat, and not as a regular part of your pet's diet.
Dogs can eat raw or cooked peas, but cooked peas are softer and easier to digest. Peas also promote bowel movements, but feeding dogs too large a quantity of peas can cause diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems. Also adding peas to an overweight dog's diet will cause the dog to feel full faster because of the fiber content of peas.
Apples are a great source of vitamins and minerals when given in moderation. Just be careful not to give any seeds or the core to your pet. Seeds are toxic because they contain cyanide which can poison a dog. Also peel the apple before giving it to your pet. Another trick is to freeze the apple slices before giving it to your dog. A great treat on a hot day.
#7 Green Beans
This vegetable is both nutritious and low in calories. Green beans are a really good choice that will load your dog up with iron and vitamins. Make sure to feed your dog only fresh beans or canned ones with no added salt. Just add a small handful to your dog's regular meal once or twice a week for a healthier, happier dog.
You've heard that carrots are good for your eye sight right? It's the same with dogs. Other benefits are is high nutritional value and the load of vitamins and minerals packed inside. When serving carrots to your dog raw is better. However, many dogs will refuse to eat raw vegetables so you may need to steam or boil them to soften them up.
Besides being very nutritious, cucumbers can also help to keep your dog hydrated on really hot days or after a vigorous workout at the dog park. Just remember to give sliced cucumbers in moderation as too much may cause diarrhea in your pet which can jeopardize your pet's health. Try freezing the slices before giving them are a treat.
These are just some of the fruits and vegetables that you can give your dog. There are many others out there and I hope to be able to get around to them all.
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