Dogs are omnivores, it means they can enjoy the occasional serving of fruits and vegetables. In fact, many fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients that can benefit your dog’s health.
However, not all fruits and vegetables are safe for dogs. Some can cause serious health problems, so it’s important to know which ones to avoid.
Keep reading to learn about 20 fruits and vegetables that are safe for dogs to eat – and that they’ll probably love!
Fruits and Vegetables that are safe for your dog
If you want to offer your dog a snack of fruits and vegetables, these are some of the best choices
Fruits that Your Dog Can Eat:
Apples, bananas, blueberries, watermelon, pears, cucumber, strawberries, raspberries, pears, mango.
Oranges, pineapple and peaches are also safe for your dog to eat but it's important to know that fruits are high in sugar so it's best to keep your dog's consumption to a low amount.
Vegetables that Your Dog Can Eat:
Peas, potatoes, pumpkin, cucumber, spinach, carrots, broccoli, celery, green beans, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes.
All of these are safe for most dogs and offer a variety of vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients. They can be given fresh or frozen.
Why Fruits and Vegetables are Good for Your Dog
Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients that dogs need to live a happy and healthy life. Most have vitamin C, minerals like folate and potassium.
Additionally, some fruits and vegetables are a great source of dietary fibre, which can aid with digestion and make sure your pup stays regular.
Many are low in calories, to keep your dog slim and healthy. They’re also full of antioxidants, which can help prevent cancer and other chronic diseases.
The beauty of fruits and vegetables is that they’re not only good for your dog, they’re also incredibly tasty! Most dogs go crazy for sweet treats like apples and bananas, crunchy vegetables like celery and carrots, and savoury snacks like potatoes and spinach.
These treats are a great way to reward good behaviour and show your pup how much you love them. Plus, you can mix and match different fruits and vegetables for a variety of flavours and textures that your pup will love!
How to Prepare Fruits and Vegetables for Your Dog
When feeding your dog fruits and vegetables, make sure they’re prepared properly by following these simple steps.
- You should always remove seeds, pits, core or other inedible parts such as skin (oranges etc) as these can be dangerous for dogs.
- The best way is to steam or puree them so that they’re soft and more easy on tummies. This helps make them easier to digest. However, depending on your dog's size and their preferences, you can also serve many of the mentioned fruits and veggies raw.
- If possible, choose organic fruits and veggies, as many non-organic foods are treated with pesticides that can be harmful to our pets.
When fed in moderation and as a treat, fruits and vegetables can offer a delicious and nutritious snack that your pup will love.
What is your dog's favourite fruit or veg?
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