As we become more conscious about our own diets, it’s to no surprise more dog owners are thinking about their dog’s diet too. Adding fruits and vegetables to your dog’s dinner can be a healthy way to do that but you do need to know which ones they can eat first.
There can be some dangers with some types of fruit and vegetables so always do your research first and consult your vet if you have any further questions.
Tips for serving fruits and vegetables to your dog
Although it is recommended to give your dog fruits and vegetables, they don’t need huge quantities of it. Only serve it periodically and small chunks of it. Fruits and vegetables should only consume a small portion of your dog’s diet.
Some considerations for giving your dog fruits and vegetables:
- Diarrhoea and vomiting: Watch your dog for any of these symptoms. Too much fibre can cause your dog to get these. Should your dog experience any, look to take them to the vet and reduce the amount you are giving to your dog.
- Keep fruit and vegetables to a minimum: Fruits contain a lot of sugar, and like us humans, we often have to be careful how much we consume. So keep quantities to a minimum and only as a small part of your dog’s diet.
- Changes to behaviour: Upon giving your dog fruits or vegetables, always keep an eye on their behaviour after eating. Any changes, take them to a vet and stop giving them fruits and vegetables until your vet gives you the go ahead.
Foods you can feed your dog
Below are our top 10 fruits and vegetables that are safe for your dog to eat and that we add to our dog’s dinner on a regular basis. Which ones will you give a go?
Carrots can act as a fantastic substitute for traditional dog treats. For our dogs we boil them up slightly – oddly they won’t touch the raw, but will with the cooked! However, it is perfectly safe to give either option to your dog as long as they are cut up into small digestible chunks to avoid any chocking.
Not only are carrots low in calories, but they also have lots of vitamin A and potassium alongside being a great source of vitamins.
- Have a puppy? Frozen carrots can help teething puppies soothe their gums! A good way to stop them from gnawing on your furniture that’s for sure.
Not an obvious choice, but dogs can indeed eat this delicious fruit! Watermelon is filled with lycopene and other healthy vitamins such as vitamin A, B-6, C, and thiamin.
Blueberries contain tannins that prevent urinary tract infections. Not only that, they have tons of other benefits with their high levels of resveratrol, anti-cancer and heart disease fighting qualities. Given in small doses, blueberries can be a great addition to your dog’s diet.
4. Sweet Potatoes
Whilst a popular option now for us humans, sweet potatoes are also beneficial to dogs. With a wide variety of vitamins, calcium, iron and potassium, this vegetable is fantastic to add to any dog’s dinner.
At Halloween when the pumpkin gets dropped on the floor we all worry whether the dog can indeed eat that. Well, it turns out they can! Pumpkins are full of fibre, vitamin A and antioxidants that promote overall cardiovascular health. So the next time you’re carving out your pumpkin, don’t be scared if any gets dropped. The dog will benefit from those scraps, that’s for sure!
This type of fruit it up in the air as to whether your dog will like it or not, and for sure will be fun watching them find out! Apples are filled with vitamin C and antioxidants making them a great addition to their diets in small quantities… if they like them!
Spinach is beneficial for your dog in preventing inflammatory, cardiovascular and cancer issues as much as possible. We never said it was only good for us humans!
If you have a puppy, it’s recommended to avoid giving them spinach as it prevents them from absorbing other minerals. In turn this can affect their kidneys. So only give in smaller proportions to older dogs.
8. Green Beans
Green beans are seen as a bit of a superpower vegetable for your dog! They contain a range of goodness from omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C and K alongside many other minerals like iron, potassium and thiamin.
Once again, cantaloupe is packed full of goodness that can be good for your dog’s eyesight, alongside reducing the risk of cancer. It contains all the vitamins and minerals you’d expect and is a great treat for your dog in small quantities. Not all dogs will love it so you’ll need to test it out on your pooch to get their verdict!
10. Brussel Sprouts
Love them or hate them, Brussel sprouts are a great treat for dogs. They contain a whole host of vitamins including vitamins A, B1, B6, K and G, manganese, folate, fibre and potassium.
So there you have our top 10 fruits and vegetables for dogs. But, keep an eye on the healthy foods you shouldn’t give to dogs. A list of some of the obvious ones are below.
What foods shouldn’t I give to my dog?
- Raw potatoes
What is your dogs favourite fruit or vegetable?