Fruits and Veggies for Your Dog
It’s a lot easier than trying to convince your kids to eat ‘em! As dog parents, we all know we shouldn’t be feeding our dogs “human” food, especially from the table. It can cause misbehavior, aggressive begging, and unhealthy weight gain. But – we’re only human! The good news is, many of our fruits and veggies can add a boost of extra nutrition to your dog’s diet. Fruits and veggies are low-calorie and contain lots of vitamins that dogs, like humans, need to stay healthy. They not always found in dog foods, so they can be a great supplement to everyday meals. Always remember to be cognizant of the total amount of food your dog is eating each day if additional food is added, and start with small portions of new foods to check his/her taste and tolerance. What’s great is that you can treat fruits and veggies like, well, treats! Chances are Fido will love them and they are healthier than normal dog treats.
Fruits & Veggies Pooches Love
Apples (without core or seeds)
Green, leafy veggies (spinach, kale, broccoli)
We grew up with our parents telling us over and over again how healthy green veggies are for us – and the same is true for dogs! They’re full of iron and can protect your dog from inflammatory problems. We’ve got a homemade recipe with spinach here and one with kale here.
Don’t throw away the insides of a pumpkin when you carve your jack-o-lanterns! Pumpkin is full of fiber and vitamin A. It can also help dogs with constipation.
Sweet potato (cooked)
This is another good source of fiber and vitamin C. Most dogs find it incredibly tasty! Here’s a recipe for a sweet potato chew you can make at home.
Carrots are very low-calorie and contain fiber and vitamin A. They also can help keep your dog’s teeth healthy.
Green beans might be Fido’s favorite veggie. They are a great source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, fiber, iron, potassium, and are very low-calorie. They also help fill your dog up in a healthy way. They can be fun to eat frozen, too. Be sure to leave off the salt and butter!
Fruits and & Veggies Fido Should Not Eat
Peaches & plums
The pits of peaches and plums contain the poison cyanide which is very dangerous to dogs (and humans, too).
Onions & garlic
Onions and garlic are poisonous to dogs and can cause gastrointestinal problems like vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. They can also cause red blood cell damage. Sometimes symptoms won’t show up until a few days after ingestion.
Avocado can cause vomiting in dogs due to a toxin known as persin.
Grapes & raisins
In large enough quantities, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. This is more likely if your dog already has health problems.
Always consult your vet before adding or taking away from your dog’s diet. Every dog is different and if your dog has health concerns, some fruits and veggies that are safe for other dogs may not be safe for yours. If your dog ingests something potentially dangerous, contact your local emergency vet immediately or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435/Pet Poison Hotline at (800) 213-6680.