Dog owner knowledge 101: What vegetables and fruit can my dog eat?

It is important to provide your dog with a nutritious diet. And YES, fruit and vegetables should be part of that diet as they provide a nice portion of added vitamins and nutrients. Some should be avoided. Some are awesome. The crunchiness can even be used as a low-calorie replacement for heavy treats. To take the guessing game out of the equation, we have compiled a quick list of 10 fruits and vegetables that will enrich your dogs diet and their mind!

aussi doodle and broccoli
Vegetables and fruit can enrich a dogs diet and mind

Why fruit and vegetables?

Not all fruit and vegetables are great for your dog. There is some that should be left off the menu. But some vegetables can enrich your dogs diet and provide some crunchy pass times.

Canine nutritionist will point to a figure of around 10-20% to be a good veggie intake for your dog. That is why a lot of modern delivery boxes for dogs will contain cooked sweet potatoes, carrots or leafy greens. Mother Nature ingredients pack a great nutritive punch for our four-legged friends.

And this has been even proven scientifically. A study found out that Scotties who have been fed green and yellow-orange vegetables three times a week were 70-90% less likely to develop bladder cancer. This was compared to Scotties who haven’t been fed any vegetables.

Whenever you introduce a new food to your dogs diet, remember to start slowly. The digestive system may need to adjust or your dog might be allergic to it. We believe that some of the below snacks will be better to chew on then some of the toxic dog toys out there. Natural pet products win over synthetic ones any day!

Some important other points to consider before feeding your pup:

- Leave the seasoning and any oils out of it

- Wash your veggies or buy organic veggies and fruit

- Cut it into bite sized pieces to avoid a choking hazard

- Older dogs may prefer cooked veggies to reduce crunchiness on old teeth

Without further ado, lets jump right into the 10 vegetables and fruit that will enrich your dogs life.

French bulldog and a basket of strawberries
Strawberries are good for dogs but watch the sugar intake

Carrots for dogs?

Isn't it great that Mother Earth gave us carrots?

As with all, moderation is key. But carrots pack some healthy vitamins and nutrients into every crunch which your dog will love. They can be given raw or cooked. The vitamin boost contains vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, potassium, beta-carotene, calcium, niacin, phosphorus and magnesium.

Carrots are also rich in dietary fiber which helps improve digestive health. That amount of fiber can also upset the tummy if its consumed in high quantities. A puppy can probably eat around 1-2 carrots a day and be fine. Always introduce carrots in small amounts first.

Another benefit is that carrots can clean your dogs teeth and can help with teething discomforts.

Broccoli for dogs?

Next on our list is Broccoli, the green super fruit. My enemy number 1 when I was 5! Good, that dogs can’t see the super healthy green colour otherwise they might be put off as well.

Dogs can eat raw and cooked Broccoli in small quantities. Broccoli does contain isothiocyanate that can upset the digestive system if fed in too large quantities. But it packs a good amount of vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and fibre into each bite which is great for heart, bone density and their immune system.

Bananas for dogs?

Sweet and fruity at the same time. That is good news for our four-legged friend. Peel the banana before giving it to your dog to avoid a digestive upset because of the skin.

Bananas pack large amount of fibers and are magnesium rich. This helps absorbing vitamins, boosts bone growth and protein making. Furthermore, Bananas hold healthy potassium and vitamins A and B.

Its worth being mindful of the contained fruit sugar. Bananas are not for the obese hooman friend.

Blueberries for dogs?

This superfood is a great antioxidant for your dog that can boost their immune system. Packed with vitamins and fibers, they can fight brain aging, arthritis and even cancers. You can probably feed your dog a handful everyday (8-10 berries).

They are relatively low in sugar compared to other fruits so can even be good for obese dogs or as training treats. As they’re small, they also don’t pose a choking hazard.

Always ask your vet before feeding your dog human foods. They can advise best on recommended servings based on your dogs breed, size and weight.

Apples for dogs?

dog with an apple
A great replacement for coated chemical chews are apples, carrots and celery

How do you like them apples? If we were a dog, we would like them apples! Yes, apples are good for dogs. They are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and antioxidants.

They are also great for teething puppies to reduce discomfort and a low calories snack. As with all snacks, maintain a balanced intake and start with small chunks. All in all, apples can also improve your dogs dental health!

Do not feed the seeds or the core to your furry friend. Not only can they be a choking hazard but they also contain small amounts of cyanide which can be harmful in large doses. Apples also contain sugar, so serve them in moderation.

Celery for dogs?

Can dogs eat celery? Yes they can! Raw, cooked or steamed, doesn’t matter. Celery is 95% water so this crunchy snack can be perfectly enjoyed during hot summer months. On top of that the crunchy feeling can be very satisfying to your pup.

Celery carries a lot of essential nutrients, like vitamin A, potassium, vitamin K, calcium and magnesium. Vitamin A is great for healthy fur and skin!

Too much celery can cause an upset tummy and more gas than usual as it’s a fiber-rich vegetable. Try different ways serving celery. After a while you will learn what your pup prefers.

Brussel sprouts for dogs?

One of the vegetables that people love or hate. If you’re a fan, then you might feel inclined to share the love with your dog. Brussel sprouts are also a clear yes when it comes to healthy treats.

However, don’t feed them raw to your dog. Make sure you steam, boil or microwave them. They contain vitamin K, which helps blood clotting and protects the heart.

Apart from that, they also contain vitamin C, A, B1 and B6. The downside is again that it is high in fibers, so be cautious with the serving size. There is no toxins in it though! While you’re preparing them for your dog, make sure you have some too. Brussel sprouts are good for canines and hoomans.

Beetroot for dogs?

Beetroot is great if you’re a bit anemic. Dogs can also benefit from this root vegetable. They contain potassium, folate, manganese, fiber and vitamin C.

If your dog has stomach issues or suffers from fur loss, then beetroot can soften these issues. Raw beets are okay, but it might be better to cook, steam or boil them to make them easier digestible.

They’re considered sweet veggies so they can replace treats that are high in salt, sugar or contain ingredients that hoomans can’t pronounce.

Strawberries for dogs?

Who doesn’t love a nice cold strawberry smoothie in summer? We wouldn’t say no! Yes, your dog can have a few too whilst you’re preparing a smoothie for yourself. Who could resist those pleading puppy eyes anyway? No one!

There is a lot of goodness in a strawberry. They’re high in minerals like potassium, magnesium and folic acid. Vitamins C, B1,B6 and K can strengthen the immune system. And then there is an enzyme that can actually whiten your pups teeth as well!

Strawberries are high in fruit sugar so if you have an obese dog, this snack should be swapped out with a celery stick instead. At the very least, it should be fed in small portions.

Cucumbers for dogs?

Another great watery snack for summer! They contain a whooping 96% of water. Cucumbers are perfect for overweight dogs as they barely hold any carbs, fats or oils. They’re also low in salt and are a crunchy vegetable which will keep your dog occupied whilst also containing vitamins and minerals.

Remember: Always consult your vet

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A vet should always be consulted before trying human food on your dog. Especially, if they're prone to allergies

Some of the above fruity treats can be very high in fiber. Too much fiber is not advisable and all treats need to be enjoyed in moderation. Vets usually say that treats shouldn’t exceed 10% of a dogs daily food intake. If you feed your dog a balanced diet, they should get all nutrients already as well.

When you try new human food on your dog, always start with a small sample first. If in doubt about portioning, then your vet can answer all questions.

Did you enjoy this post? Personally, we cant wait to try all these new treats on our dog! If you like natural treats and you’re trying to keep nasties and cheap synthetics out of your dogs diet and mouth, read our article about the danger of toxic dog toys. Natural pet products are the way forward.

We can prolong our best friends life and improve their quality, by being mindful of what we are feeding them.

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