When it comes it canine nutrition, I’m a big proponent of incorporating (healthy and safe!) human foods into your dog’s diet. That’s why today we’re going to talk all about dog-safe fruits and vegetables.
So many dog owners wonder, What fruit can dogs eat? and What vegetables are good for dogs? And I’m glad you’re already thinking about it!
In other words, bring on the produce because Fido is ready!
What’s most important is to make sure you have a solid understanding of which fruit dogs can eat and which vegetables are safe for dogs. Because there is a handful to avoid.
You might be surprised to find out that you can feed your dog most common fruits! Many dogs like fruit because of the sweet flavor and high water content. This makes them a great treat and training tool.
Be aware that because of the high sugar content, fruit should only be used as a treat and not as a meal replacement or regular meal ingredient (like vegetables). If your dog is diabetic, it’s also important to limit their fruit intake or avoid it altogether.
Whenever you’re giving your dog fruit, be sure to remove pits, cores, seeds, or anything else that could create a choking hazard. Additionally, cubes, slices, or sticks make the fruit easier to toss or give as a treat.
As for fruits your dog shouldn’t have? Grapes, avocado, and tomato should be avoided.
Vegetables are an even better choice than fruit for dog treats, snacks and meal enhancers because they aren’t high in sugar. Steamed veggies are actually one of the best training treats out there. My dogs LOVE squash and zucchini for this purpose.
Vegetables are often easier on dog’s digestive systems if they are steamed or boiled, especially veggies that are cruciferous like cabbage and broccoli.
Vegetables your dog shouldn’t have? Onions, leeks, mushrooms and garlic should be avoided.
There seems to be a range when it comes to just how much of your dog’s diet should be vegetables. If you are using commercially produced dog food (check out our info in the Large Dog Field Guide for choosing the right one!) it’s best to make sure fruits and veggies don’t make up more than 10% of their daily intake.
If you are feeding your dog an entirely human-food diet, a range of 10-25% fruits and vegetables is best. In some cases, like if you are feeding a human-food diet to address chronic disease or allergies, you may feed your dog a diet as high as 50% fruits and vegetables––but if this is the case, you’ll likely be doing so under the guidance of a vet or dietary specialist.
In any case, if you are unsure about how much produce is right for your dog, always check in with your vet!
Now you know that it’s totally fine for your dog to eat the rainbow. Most fruits and vegetables are totally safe for your dog and can help create variety in their diet.
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What fruits and veggies do your dogs like? What’s your favorite way to prepare them? We’d love to hear from you below!
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