Vegetables and fruits are good for the human body and are considered to be an essential part of our diet, but for your canine friend, this may not be the case.
You can freely share your house, car, and bed with your dog but when it comes to your food, be frugal. This is because the human system is very much different from that of dogs. Dogs have difficulty digesting some of our food, and feeding them with the wrong food can cause a change in their mood, serious discomfort, and in some cases, lead to death.
Fruits and vegetables are not a compulsory part of a dog’s diet because they are carnivores.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t give them an occasional fruit or veggies treat. You, however, need to be absolutely certain that the treat doesn’t endanger your dog’s life. Knowing what fruits or vegetables your dog cannot eat can save your dog’s life. Check out this infographic by fuzzyrescue.org for more on this.
With that said, we know you want the best for your dogs and you won’t want to put them in harm’s way, that’s why we have written this article to guide you through certain fruits and vegetables that your dog can eat.
Blueberries are rich in fiber, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Antioxidants help to prevent cell damage in both dogs and men. Giving your dog an occasional treat of blueberries is a welcomed idea.
You can confidently allow your dog to eat apples without the fear of any side effects. Apples are rich in vitamin C and Vitamin A, low in fat and protein, and rich in fiber, all of which are good for the health of your dog.
However, to avoid choking, ensure you remove the core and the seeds before giving them to your dog.
Giving your dog an occasional treat of broccoli in small quantities is not bad. The quantity however needs to be regulated because some dogs suffer gastric irritation when they have eaten too much of it.
Broccoli is rich in vitamin C and fiber and has low fat. This makes it an ideal snack for your dog.
Mango is laden with a lot of vitamins that can benefit your dog.
It is rich in vitamin E, B6, A, and C. A single Mango contains 67% of the reference daily intake of vitamin C. It is also rich in beta and alpha-carotene and potassium.
However, it is high in sugar so your dog should only eat it occasionally. Mango pit also contains a little cyanide, so this should be kept out of your dog’s reach to avoid poisoning and choking.
Carrot is a great snack for your dog. It contains about 95% water. The crunching on the carrot helps strengthen your dog’s teeth. It is high in beta-carotene and fiber and low in calories. Beta-carotene is responsible for the production of vitamin A, which is good for your dog’s eyes.
Even though dogs do not like strong smelling citrus fruits, you can feed your dog with oranges.
All you need to do is to peel off the flesh and remove the seeds as feeding them orange flesh can irritate their digestive system and the seeds can cause them to choke.
Oranges are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.
Pears are rich in Vitamin K and C, fiber, and copper and are very good for your dog. Ensure you remove the pit and seed and also cut it into biteable chunks.
Only give your dog fresh pears, don’t feed them canned pears. Canned pears often contain sugar syrup, which is not good for your dog.
Celery is one vegetable that has a lot to offer your dog. It contains nutrients that fight cancer and heart diseases. Celery is rich in vitamins A, B, and C and it also freshens your dog’s breath.
Incorporating cucumbers into your dog’s diet is an excellent way to boost your dog’s energy. Cucumbers are rich in magnesium, potassium, copper, biotin, vitamins B1, C, and K.
It has very little fats, oil, and carbohydrates and is ideal for dogs that are overweight.
Cantaloupes are good for your dog. It contains high water and fiber and other beneficial nutrients. It is low in calories but high in sugar. Your Dog should not eat it regularly to avoid getting overweight.
When feeding your dog any of the fruits with pits, ensure you remove the seed and pits before feeding your dog. The pit of fruits contains cyanide which is dangerous for your dog.
Does your dog have a favorite fruit or vegetable treat? Let’s hear about it.