Our furry family members bring us years of joy and companionship. Feeding them a diet rich in nutritious foods will keep them healthy and happy throughout their lives, which is what every dog owner wants, right? But sometimes you run out of treats or want to feed your dog something different. So here are 8 of the best fruits and veggies that you can feed your pooch. Before we get into it, we do want to stress that you should always check with your vet before making any big changes to your dog’s diet!
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Carrots make an excellent snack for your pup. They’re packed with vitamins and minerals Your Dog needs to stay healthy. This crispy treat contains vitamins B, C, and K. It also has a healthy amount of potassium, magnesium, and manganese. The fiber keeps your dog’s digestion running smoothly, too!
Green beans have ample amounts of protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins B6, A, C, and K. They also contain fiber, making Your Dog feel full for longer. These can be a great alternative to high-calorie treats if you need Your Dog to shed a few pounds. Be careful to avoid green beans with additives, like canned beans with added salt or green beans mixed with onion and garlic (which are toxic to dogs).
If Your Dog loves sweet treats try giving them watermelon. Besides being high in Vitamins A, B6, and C, watermelon also contains potassium and a healthy dose of fiber. As the name suggests, watermelon is 90% water, making watermelon a great way for your dog to hydrate and cool off in the summer heat. To prepare watermelon for your dog make sure the pieces are big enough for them to chew and remove as many rinds and seeds as possible. Rinds, seeds, and small pieces can all be choking hazards for Your Dog or could cause an intestinal blockage.
If you’re looking for a way to keep your furry family member safe from disease, try adding antioxidant-rich blueberries toYour Dog diet.Some studies even suggest that blueberries and other antioxidant-rich foods can help prevent cancer in your pup. Blueberries are especially helpful for senior dogs. They’ve been shown to improve night vision, help prevent cell damage, and help with a mental function in aging animals according to Iowa-based veterinarian Ellen Malmanger.
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Coconut is a great food for dogs. Coconut oil, milk, and meat are all safe for canine consumption. Just keep your dog away from the outside shell as it can be a choking hazard. Coconut has anti-inflammatory properties for both humans and dogs alike. It’s also rich in lauric acid, which can fight off viruses and other infections. Coconut contains antioxidants that will help boost your dog’s immune system. As an added bonus, coconut oil promotes a soft and shiny coat and could alleviate troublesome skin conditions.
This crunchy, sweet snack is a favorite among many dogs. Thankfully it’s also really healthy too! Apples are a perfect source of vitamin C, fiber, calcium, and phosphorus. You should not feed Your Dog a whole apple because the core and seeds can be choking hazards. Cut the apple into slices and you’ll be good to go!
Cucumbers are especially great for dogs on a diet. They have a very high water content so you can feed plenty of them to your dog without them putting on the pounds. Keep in mind though that pickles are NOT safe for dogs because they are often made with salt and spices that could be poisonous to dogs. Cucumbers aren’t as high in nutrients as other veggies on this list, but they can be a great hydrating snack for your pup.
I’ve saved the best for last. Strawberries are one of the best fruits you can feed your dog for a number of reasons. First, they are very high in phytonutrients, which can have a number of great health benefits:
Kills cancer cells
Promotes a healthier gut
Supports the liver
But wait, that’s not all! Strawberries in particular have a ton of benefits themselves:
Slows down the aging process
Boosts the immune system
Whitens your pooch’s teeth
Low calories make them great for weight management
Packed full of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C
To make strawberries safer for your pup to eat, wash them thoroughly and cut them up into smaller pieces. You can even make some yummy homemade treats with them!