You may be surprised to know that fruit and veg can be just as healthy for dogs as they are for us. But make sure you’re clued up on the benefits of these veggie delights and which ones your pooch should avoid.
Fruits and Veg That Are Safe For Dogs…
Apples can make a great alternative to fattening treats, but make sure you remove the core and any seeds before giving to your dog. Why not try freezing them to keep your dog occupied in hot weather?
Bananas are high in fibre and make a brilliant change from high- in- fat or salty treats. Bananas can be mashed up to go in your dogs regular food as a healthy treat, or frozen to help keep them cool in the summer.
Watermelon is fine to feed to your pooch, but only the fleshy part. Make sure you remove the seeds and don’t let your pup chew on the rind. Just as it is for us, watermelon is a super-fruit for dogs! Packed full of vitamins and made of 92% water, this wonder-food will help keep your pooch hydrated in hot weather.
Only give to your pooch if they’re fresh and avoid giving your dog canned strawberries. Strawberries will help satisfy your doggie’s sweet tooth and boast a wealth of great benefits too! Remember to cut the fruit up into small, bite-size pieces to avoid it being a choking hazard. Why not try mashed strawberry over your dog’s regular food for a healthy addition to their usually diet?
But only in moderation! As we know, oranges are great source of vitamin C which can have the same health benefits for our four legged friends as it does for us! Start out by giving your pooch just two segments day so avoid any stomach upset. But be aware, not all dogs will like the tart taste of oranges!
Packed to the brim with anti-oxidants these super-berries are safe for your pooch! Don’t worry about cutting these fruits in half, they’re small enough to give to dogs as they are!
In moderation and make sure it’s fresh- avoid even your dog canned pineapple. Packed with vitamin C and a host of other goodness, pineapple makes for a nutrient-dense snack for canines and humans alike! Remember, just a small amount of pineapple will be enough for your dog. The high sugar content of pineapple means that it should only be given to your dog on occasion, as a healthy treats!
Similarly to watermelon, cucumbers are predominantly made up of water so can make a great treat for dogs- especially those are may be a little overweight! They’re packed with healthy components making this the ideal fatty treat alternative for your pooch.
Celery is safe for our pooches and it’ll even help freshen up doggie breath! Celery contains magnesium and potassium so promotes great health benefits for our furry friends! Remember to cut celery into bite size chunks before feeding it to your dog.
In moderation and not canned pear! Pear can be a healthy snack for your pooched but just like us, eating too much fruit can lead to an upset tummy in dogs so make sure to only feed pear as the occasional treat.
Only if they’re cooked. The best way to feed potato to your dog is to peel and boil it in non-salted water and leave to cool down. You might like to try adding mash potato to your dogs regular food, but make sure there’s no added butter or seasoning.
Only the fleshy part and don’t give your pooch the pit! A great source of vitamin A, small amount of sliced peach can be an awesome summer treat, but remember to avoid canned peaches as the high sugar content isn’t good for our dogs!
Sweet potato can make a great addition to your dog’s diet! They’re high in nutrients and boast a wealth of health benefits. The same as regular potatoes, remember to serve peeled and unseasoned, with no added butter or salt.
Make sure you remove the skin and pit. Mango is packed with vitamins and can be a great summer treat for dogs and humans alike! Although your dog will probably love the sweet taste of mango and be happy to munch their way through the entire fruit- limit what they eat so to avoid an upset tummy.
Fruits and Veggies That Are a Big NO…
You may have heard about the toxic effect of raisins and this applies to grapes too. Grapes had cause a whole host of adverse reaction in dogs such as vomiting, loss of appetite and general weakness. Seek the help of your vet as soon as you can if your dog digests grapes or raisins!
Tomatoes contain something called tomatine which has proven to be potentially harmful to dogs and other animals. Don’t panic if your dog pinches a tomato, it’s only the stem and leaves that contain the harmful substance but it’s best to keep your dog away from them all together.
Avocado may be trendiest super-food in the human world right now, but they are a definite no-go for our furry friends. Avocado can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs and it’s always best to seek the advice of your vet if you dog has digested one.
Onions, including vegetables in the onion family such as leeks and shallots, can break down your dog’s red blood cells which can lead to anaemia. Onion powder is also used in a wide variety of human food, so think twice about letting your dog share your dinner!
Cherries can pose as a choking hazard for your pooch, because of the pits. The leafs and stems also contain a substance known as cyanide which can be extremely harmful to dogs. Make sure your pooch stays well away from cherries and contain your vet if you think they’ve eaten some!
As you can see, fruit and veggies can make a great, healthy alternative to store-bought treats but make your you introduce new foods slowly as disruption in your pooch’s diet can lead to an upset tummy. Speak to your vet if you’re ensure about have to introduce any of these healthy treats.
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