Well, we all know veggies are good for us to lead a healthy life but are they the same for your dog? Dogs are omnivores, which means they can eat meat and plants, and it will not cause them any harm. You must have seen many commercial dog foods that are made with meat and grains and contain fruits and vegetables in them. These products are made as such that they are a wholesome diet for dogs as it includes all the nutrients a dog body needs to be healthy.
So, even if your pooch is not a packages food diet that already has the nutrients, then little extra vegetables and fruits in the daily diet will not hurt them. Though they don’t need it but those can be used as treats. Some fresh vegetables or quality canned produce can be part of good dog nutrition. All you need to figure out is which ones to give.
Do Treats fruits and veggies style
Many pet parents choose to give veggies and fruits as treats for their pups. Treats are useful in dog training and reforming behavior even in elder dogs, but too many treats can be bad for any dog. Since the packaged treats have sugar and fatty content, too many of those can very easily lead your dog on the path of obesity. Therefore, using some vegetables and fruits in place of store-bought treats is a good option. Some of the greens come with extra nutritional benefits:
- Apples are a rich and tasty source of vitamins A and C. It is very helpful in keeping a dog’s skin and coat healthy. Moreover, apples are low in fat and rich in fiber, so that makes them perfect for gut health. But do not to feed the core or the seeds of an apple to a dog.
- Vegetables like carrots, peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, and bananas are filled with important vitamins, and other nutrients like potassium, which is good for the growth and development of dog muscles, nerves, and kidneys. Their fiber can also help regulate a dog’s bowel movement.
- Citrus fruits are loved by dogs and they are healthy for them too. Fruits like oranges are a fine source of vitamin C. Small dogs can easily have up to a third of a full-grown orange, and an adult dog big pup can gulp down the whole thing. Make sure you peel it and remove all the seeds as feeding seeds can lead to choking and kidney problems.
- Bananas are rich in minerals like potassium, vitamin C, and copper. These are a good source of carbohydrates, and the natural sweetness is not harmful to dogs. Pet parents use bananas as a healthy treat too, sometimes. The right feeding size is an inch of a piece as a treat for your dog.
- Kiwis are quite fibrous and potassium-rich. All sour tasting fruits or citrus fruits are full of vitamin C. So, if you want to satisfy the Vitamin C requirement of your pet, a Kiwi is a good choice. A slice of kiwi is the perfect size for the treat. Fiber improves gut health, and as a fibrous fruit, kiwis are good for that too.
- Blueberries are full of antioxidants along with vitamins A, C, B, and E. These are very healthy snacks for dogs. Blueberries also contain zinc and iron, which are good for the overall growth of your pet. Antioxidants can also work to prevent cancer, making blueberries even healthier.
- Pineapples are high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Plus they make a tasty snack.
- We all love strawberries, and so do dogs. Strawberries make a very good source of fiber, potassium, magnesium, iodine, folic acid, omega-3 fats, vitamins C, K, B1, and B6. If you want to use strawberry as a treat, half a strawberry can be a go-to option.
- Almost all berries are good for dog’s health. Cranberries are very nutritious and can help balance acid-base in the dog’s body. If your dog suffers from a urinary tract infection, cranberries are like a blessing for it. They are useful in curing urinary tract infection to a good extent.
While it is okay to feed your dog these but the quantity also matters. It is only healthy if it is in an appropriate amount. Don’t dole it all out in the name of love. Treats should only account for up to 10% or less of your dog’s calorie consumption for the day.
Good for Overweight Dogs
If you have a dog who might be overweight, you must help the little pal lose some pounds. The best way to do so is by changing its diet. To lose weight, feeding it some low-salt, low-sugar vegetables and fruits can be a good way to go. For example, you can replace some of its dog food with green beans initially and later make some hardcore changes if needed. The calorie deficit helps them lose weight, and the fibrous veggies keep them full. But don’t put your dog on a weight loss diet without talking to your veterinarian first. An abrupt change in diet can upset its digestion. Your vet can guide you about how to switch diets by mixing in fresh produce in the dog food to make the transition easier for your pup. A balanced diet is always the priority, no matter how much your dog weighs.
Veggies and fruits you can not feed your dog.
- Fruits like grapes, raisins, and currants are extremely toxic to dogs. These can even cause kidney failure in some dogs.
- Onions, garlic, and chives, if fed in large amounts can be poisonous. These food items can cause blood problems in dogs, as well as some other issues like diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea if your dog eats a bunch of them. The safest thing here to do is avoid them altogether
- Mushrooms from the grocery store may be safe in small amounts, but wild mushrooms are toxic for dogs and humans. Unless you are an expert, it can be tough to tell them apart. So, better not take the risk than be sorry later.