Dogs are a part of our family. it is not uncommon that people spoil fur babies by feeding them their favorite snack and table scraps. it may be healthy for you, but have you ever stopped to think if it is beneficial for your dog or not?
Undoubtedly, many fruits and vegetables we consume are okay for our dogs to eat. In reality, many give the same benefit to them. After all, they are packed and rich in nutrients, minerals, fiber, calories, etc. The key here is to know which fruits and vegetables to feed them.
Benefits – Why Should You Include Fruits and Vegetables in the Diet?
The first thing that comes to mind is why should you even bother deciding whether to give fruits and vegetables to your dog? Dogs are omnivores. They need meat and plant-based food both for healthy growth. The benefits of consuming vegetables and fruits are as follows:
- Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties
- The phytoutherines found in vegetables act as barriers against diseases
- The antioxidants present in carrots, cabbage and colored fruits and vegetables contain carotenoids and Lycopene
- The fiber present in vegetables and fruits help in better food digestion and helps food pass through the colon
- Soluble fiber works as a probiotic and helps in feeding good bacteria to the gut
Another thing to consider is the quantity in which they should be included.
Ratio – How Much To Consume?
Even as omnivores, at a maximum, only 15% of the entire daily diet should consist of fruits and vegetables. Be sure to wash them well and then feed them to your dog.
Fruits to Include and Exclude in Your Dogs Diet
When it comes to fruits, there are some which are very healthy and others that can end up being fatal for your pets. Go through the list to know which ones to tick off as safe and which ones to avoid.
- Can dogs eat apples?
One fruit that dogs love to eat is apples. Not only are they rich in Vitamin C and A, but they also contain fiber. Along with this, they are low in fat and proteins. Therefore, it is one healthy snack to give to your dog.
Remember: It is imperative to de-seed the apple and remove its core before offering it to your dog. These are toxic.
- Can dogs eat bananas?
Yes, but in moderation. Think of them as a treat as they are high in sugar content. Additionally, they are a rich source of potassium, copper, fiber and vitamins; they are an excellent treat for your fur babies.
- Can dogs eat blueberries?
Yes. We recommended adding blueberries in your canine’s diet as a superfood. They have large amounts of antioxidants and fiber. Together, these two prevent the cells of the body from damage. They fight against cancer.
- Can dogs eat oranges?
Yes. But, the process is a little longer. It needs to be peeled and all the seeds should be removed. Be careful not to leave even one seed inside to avoid any choking hazards.
- Can dogs eat strawberries?
Yes. Better yet, they can be an excellent treat for your furry pal and should only be taken in moderation. The reason is simple; they are very high in sugar content and should not be taken daily.
Surprisingly, strawberries contain an enzyme that works wonders for your dog’s teeth. Additionally, they have large quantities of fiber and Vitamin C.
- Can dogs eat cantaloupe?
Again, it is high in sugar and should be taken in moderation. Apart from the high sugar content, it has a lot of water, fiber and other nutrients. Therefore, it should be included in the summer diet for your dog.
- Can dogs eat mangoes?
Clearly, yes. There is a reason why it is the king of all fruits. It is rich in alpha and beta carotene, potassium, Vitamins C, A, E, B6. Always remove the pit before offering it to your canine.
- Can dogs eat peaches?
Yes, but in moderation. The pit has cyanide in it. Remember to remove it. Peaches contain Vitamin A and fibers.
- Can dogs eat pears?
Yes. They serve as a healthy snack and are rich in Vitamin K and C, fiber and copper. The seeds and pit need to be removed completely as it has traces of cyanide in it.
- Can dogs eat pineapples?
Yes, but after removing the prickly outside covering. It is high in fibers, minerals and vitamins and serves as an aid in absorbing proteins in your canine’s stomach.
- Can dogs eat raspberries?
Yes. Old dogs benefit more as raspberries have properties that reduce joint pains. They contain antioxidants.
- Can dogs eat cranberries?
Yes. It is good if taken in moderation.
What Fruits Should You Avoid?
- Grapes: These are toxic and deadly for your dog. Consuming these can lead to kidney failure and you should NEVER leave your dog alone with it.
Other fruits to TOTALLY AVOID that can be dangerous are:
- Hedgerow berries
Vegetables to Include and Exclude in Your Dogs Diet
Including vegetables in your dog’s diet is a good idea. Not only are they healthy, but they also save you visits to the store to buy pet food again and again. Vegetables give them antioxidants, fibers, enzymes and minerals, which meat does not provide.
- Can dogs eat bell peppers?
They give a boost to the immune system. All types of bell peppers are good, but red ones are the best. They contain fiber, antioxidants and beta carotene. It is important to remove the core.
- Can dogs eat carrots?
Yes. Munching on carrots is an excellent way to make those canine teeth stronger. But, they are high in sugar along with beta carotene and fiber. Thus, should be included sparingly in the diet.
- Can dogs eat celery?
Yes. Dogs can eat celery as it is an excellent source of Vitamins, especially Vitamin A, C and C. It is amazing for fresh breath, and even fights cancer and keeps the heart strong and healthy. But, don’t overdo it as it can lead to an increased need for urination.
- Can dogs eat green beans?
High fiber and low in calories, green beans provide minerals and vitamins necessary for the health of your dog.
- Can dogs eat cucumbers?
Yes. They are one of the best vegetables to consume in summers as they are high in water content. Also, they contain biotin, magnesium, copper, Vitamin C, K, B1 and give an instant boost to energy levels.
- Can dogs eat peas?
Apart from canned peas, all other types of peas can be given to your fur babies. They are high in vitamins, protein, minerals and fiber.
- Can dogs eat pumpkin?
To give a boost to the digestion and better tummy health, include pumpkin in your dog’s diet. The perfect balance of potassium, fiber and vitamins C, E and A even helps to cure diarrhoea.
Tip: For a bad tummy, go for canned or fresh pumpkin, this has more fiber and helps to firm the poop.
- Can dogs eat yellow squash?
Yes. If cooked well, they can eat it. Don’t offer it raw.
- Can dogs eat Roman Lettuce?
Yes. Dogs can eat roman lettuce as it is 90% water leafy vegetables are thumbs up – except spinach. That should not be offered to dogs.
- Can dogs eat Zucchini?
Yes. Actually, it is one of the best vegetables you can offer to them as it contains vitamins, minerals and fiber.
- Can dogs eat Broccoli?
Yes. It can be fed to the dogs, but in very low quantities. It contains isothyocyneides, which can result in irritation in the stomach
- Can dogs eat mushrooms?
Yes. But, it can be very difficult to differentiate which ones can be consumed and cannot be. So, according to us, it is better to skip it altogether.
- Can dogs eat cabbage and cauliflower?
Yes. Both belong to the cruciferous family of vegetables. Thus, should be taken in very fewer quantities. If taken in larger quantities, it can lead to gas in the tummy.
- Can dogs eat asparagus?
No. It is not dangerous, but if not cooked, it can’t be consumed. On the other hand, when cooked, it loses its nutritional value. So, there is no point in offering it.
- Can dogs eat kale?
No. Reason being, it is high in isothiocyanate and calcium oxalate. Both of these can end up severely damaging your bladder and kidney.
- Can dogs eat tomatoes?
No. You should not feed these to your canine as it is high in solanine, which can make the dog feel sick. Hence, it should be totally avoided.
- Can dogs eat potatoes?
They contain high levels of starch and can end up spiking the insulin levels in the canine’s body. So, it is better to avoid it.
Bonus Tips – How to Feed These Fruits and Vegetables
Here we will be sharing the best ways you can include these fruits and vegetables in your dogs’ diet.
- Slow and steady is the trick. Whenever you are going to introduce a new fruit/vegetable, offer a very small quantity.
- Check thoroughly for any mold.
- Blanching them well.
- Puree form
- Store large quantities of cooked veggies to offer later.
Even though we have included a comprehensive list of fruits and vegetables you can and you should make use of. This is a general list. You need to talk to your vet before introducing new food items to your dog.
Two things need to be kept in mind. Introduce small quantities and one fruit and vegetable per week. Let the body get used to it and then add new items.
Keep this article handy and refer to the table frequently for a quick overview of what quantities you should offer.
Go ahead and let your dog experiment with its taste buds!