If humans need to eat veggies to live a healthy life, is it the same for dogs? Is it required to feed dogs vegetables? Some veterinarians will advise to include vegetables and fruits in your dog’s diet if he needs to lose some weight. Overall, though, canine pets can thrive healthily without eating vegetables. They are primarily carnivores, and a plant-based diet mostly consists of carbohydrates (although they have evolved to eat carbs).
Also, dogs can get the nutrients—carbohydrates in particular—found in veggies and fruits from other food sources. However, this does not mean that you cannot add greens to your furry companion’s diet. In fact, veggies are great as treats as they are low in calories. But not all of them are safe for dogs. Here is a list of vegetables and fruits that you can safely feed to your pooch.
This nutritious, low-fat veggie is rich in fibre and vitamin C. Although generally safe for dogs, broccoli should never take up more than 10 per cent of your dog’s meal. Otherwise, it can trigger a gastrointestinal upset. As such, broccoli should be served occasionally and without the stalks (to prevent obstructions in the oesophagus).
Mangoes have high vitamins A, C, E, and B6 contents, with a moderate amount of potassium and carotenes. Take out the seed and peel before giving this to your pooch.
This is another nutritious food option safe for canine pets as it does not have toxins. However, Brussels sprouts should be fed in moderation to avoid body gas issues. Your dog may have a stomach upset if he has one too many Brussels sprouts. This should be served boiled or steamed.
This is the perfect choice for dogs that are overweight. It has magnesium, potassium, biotin, copper, and vitamins B1, C, and K. Although cucumbers have little or zero carbohydrates, oils, and fats, it can support your pet’s energy needs.
Potato and Sweet Potato (Cooked)
Every once in a while, give your dog these tubers to add some iron and carbohydrates to his diet. However, avoid giving him mashed potatoes as this includes other ingredients unfit for canine consumption.
Cranberry, Blueberry, and Strawberry
These fruits are rich in fibre and vitamin C. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, making these great additions to your dog’s treat arsenal. These bite-sized fruits are better, natural choices than the artificial ones bought in stores.
Like carrots, celery can help freshen your furry buddy’s breath. This low-calorie veggie is also nutritious, containing vitamins A, B, and C.
Green Beans and Peas
Your dog will get a supply of iron and vitamins from green beans. He will also get a host of vitamins and minerals from peas, which are also rich in fibre and protein. Just be careful to serve both unsalted (avoid the canned types).
This sweet treat of a fruit has fibre and vitamins A and C, making it a great snack for your pet. Remove the core and seeds before feeding your dog apples, though.
Whilst bananas are rich in potassium, fibre, vitamins, copper, and biotin, it is also high in sugar. As such, this must be given as a treat and not part of his meals.
Peach and Pear
Both are great for dogs as these fruits are high in fibre and vitamins. Just make sure to take out the pit and seeds before feeding to your dog.
This fruit has bromelain, which is an enzyme that eases protein absorption in dogs. Pineapples also have its abundant share of fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Give this fruit in chunks and without the peel.
This is another low-calorie veggie that is a great snack choice for your four-legged friend. Carrots have a lot of beta-carotene and fibre. It also is good for your dog’s teeth.
A great source of potassium, fibre, and vitamin C, oranges make delicious canine treats. Remove the seeds and peel first before serving to your pet.
Cantaloupe and Watermelon
These fruits are good sources of fibre and water. Serve both in moderation, though, as these treats are high in sugar. Before serving watermelon, remove its rind, skin, and seeds to avoid intestinal blockage.
A Final Tip
You can also use a certain type of fruit as a laxative for your pet if he is feeling constipated. You can add some canned pumpkin to his food for a couple of days until the condition subsides. Pureed pumpkin can also alleviate mild cases of canine diarrhoea. Just remember: veggies and fruits are nutritious but they should always be fed in moderation.