All of us try to be as healthy as possible by adding fruits and vegetables in our diet. What about our dogs? Suppose they can get the same benefits as we get by eating the same foods. Well, I would recommend to start introducing some to your canine. I will review healthy fruits and vegetables for dogs. They make great snacks. I will also explore the fruits and veggies to keep away from your dog. In addition, I will share my dog’s experience with you. It was amazingly peculiar!
Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
I will provide a list of some healthy fruits and vegetables your dog can enjoy. Do not overfeed your dog on anything new as it could cause stomach irritation. Start with small portions. Remove any seeds and wash thoroughly. Check out this list for some great snacks or to possibly add to your dog’s food.
Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries-Berries strengthen the immune system and are high in antioxidants. They help prevent cell and tissue damage and lessen the chance of a urinary infection. Also, they contain fiber and vitamin C.
Watermelon-It makes a great summer treat! Remove the seeds before feeding. It is low in calories and contains vitamin A, B6, C, and potassium. It is also fat and cholesterol free and provides plenty of hydration.
Sweet potatoes-They are a great source of vitamins and potassium. It is one of the best sources of vitamin A which is great for their skin, coat and eyes. They are gentle on the digestive system. You can add a small amount to their food. They are low in fat and dogs love the sweet taste.
Pumpkin-It is high in fiber and antioxidants. I have used it on several occasions when my dog had diarrhea or constipation. It works for both. Don’t overfeed it though. About 2 teaspoons for small dogs and 2 tablespoons for larger dogs. Make sure if you use the canned pumpkin, it is 100% pure pumpkin, not the sugary pie filling.
Apples- Apples have plenty of vitamin A and C. They are high in fiber. They keep the breath fresh and help clean the teeth. Remove the seeds and core. One of my dog’s favorite!
Cucumbers-They are high in water content so they keep your pooch hydrated. They are low in calories and dogs love the crunch.
Green Beans-These beans provide omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, bet carotene and much more. They are low in calories and if you use canned beans, be sure to get the “no salt” ones.
Carrots-These make a wonderful crunchy snack. They are low in calories and fat and high in fiber. Cut in small pieces or sticks to prevent choking.
Cantaloupe-It is full of vitamins and beta carotene. It will help with your canine’s eyesight. Helps reduce risk of cancer and has good source of fiber and niacin.
Bananas-My dog’s favorite! It’s a great source of potassium and supports heart and kidney function. It is high in sugar and carbs so keep feeding portions to a minimum.
Butternut Squash-It can be boiled or roasted. Be sure remove the peel and seeds. You can serve your dog a few pieces as a treat. I actually use the organic frozen ones that you steam in the microwave. It’s fast and convenient. I mix it in my dog’s food.
Pineapple-This fruit in small portions is fine for your dog. It makes a summer snack if you freeze small pieces.
My Dog Could Easily Have Been a Vegetarian
One day I was eating a banana that I had just peeled. I had only taken one bite. The next thing I knew, half my banana was gone! What happened? My dog, Rocky had snatched it! I actually thought it was funny. He ate it up fairly quickly too.
I slowly introduced other produce to him. He absolutely loved strawberries, blueberries, apples, carrots, watermelon, and much more. Whenever I offered him something new, he never even hesitated to try it. Usually a dog would sniff it first just to check it out since it is something new but not Rocky. He would “grab” it immediately without hesitation. One day I decided to offer him a slice of cucumber and he took it from me so quickly! He loved it and wanted more!
In the past when I offered him a piece of bacon or ground beef, he would sniff it a few times, delicately take it from me, sit down and then chew it slowly. However, If I gave him a piece of fruit, he would snag it so quickly. It was fascinating to me. In fact, he would beg if I was eating fruit but couldn’t care less if I was eating steak or chicken.
Whenever I would simply peel a banana and he was in the other room, he would come running in to my room to get some. It was amazing how he knew I was peeling the banana. On another occasion, he was outside with a sliding screen door separating us. I took a store bought fruit platter out of the refrigerator and removed the lid. He kept pawing at the door for me to open it. He then came right up to me and begged for the fruit. Rocky never begged for any meat, ever, only fruit and vegetables.
I just could not believe how much my dog loved fruit and vegetables. He would also enjoy watermelon on a warm summer day. Strawberries was a definite favorite as well. It was a healthy treat for him that he loved.
What Fruits and Veggies to NEVER Feed Your Dog
There are some fruits and vegetables that are unsafe for your dog and should never be given to them. Here are a few to be aware of:
Grapes and Raisins-They are toxic to dogs even in small amounts. Grapes can cause irreversible kidney damage.
Onions-They can destroy the dog’s blood cells and harm the kidneys. If eaten, your canine may vomit or have bloody urine.
Avocado-This fruit can cause diarrhea, vomiting, or difficulty in breathing. It contains persin, a toxin that kills breast cancer cells in humans.
Mushrooms-Certain types can be poisonous or fatal. I would suggest keeping your dog away from these as there are so many diverse types and it would be difficult to distinguish which ones are toxic and which ones were not.
Oranges and Citrus Fruits-Even though they are not toxic for dogs, these fruits contain a high amount of sugar which could cause stomach upset.
Awareness is Power
As humans, we want to share the foods we eat with our beloved canine. The most important thing to remember, what is
healthy for us may not be healthy for them. It doesn’t take much time to research first to be sure what you are giving your canine is safe. Take a moment to find out. You can always call your vet if you are hesitant on any particular food.
In closing, I would say to enjoy the healthy fruits and vegetables with your dog! If you have any tips of your own or comments to share about this article, please let us know.