When having a furry member of the family, from time to time we like to spoil them with scraps from the table, or as those of us with kids know, our little ones love to share anything and everything with their furry sibling. Considering dogs, especially as puppies, seem to eat everything, you would think that because its food, it should be alright. Right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. Dogs’ bodies digest differently than humans, meaning they can’t eat everything we can.
Dogs, like their relative the Wolf, are carnivores. This means that fruits and veggies aren’t necessary for their diet. But that doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from a healthy and tasty treat from time to time. Let’s take a look at the fruits and vegetables that your dog can eat.
Also, check out our blog on what fruits and vegetables your dog should avoid!
Fruits Your Dog Can Have
Apples – Apples are a favorite of our dogs, plus they are a great source of vitamins A & C and fiber. You will want to remove the seeds and the core before giving them to your dog. The seeds contain cyanide, a toxic substance, and the core can be a choking hazard.
Bananas – Bananas are full of potassium, vitamins, biotin, and fiber making them a great low-calorie treat for your dog. They are high in sugar, so it is best to give them as a treat from time to time.
Watermelon – We all enjoy a slice of watermelon on a hot summer day, and so will your dog. Watermelon is full of vitamins and potassium, and is 92% water, making it a great way to keep your dog hydrated on those hot summer days. Be sure to remove the seeds and rind first, as these can cause intestinal blockage in your dog.
Strawberries – Strawberries are full of fiber and vitamin C. They also contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth, as they eat them. They are high in sugar like Bananas and should be given in moderation.
Oranges – Oranges are a great tart treat for your dog, full of vitamin C. The peel isn’t toxic, but it is recommended to remove it and the seeds before giving an orange to your dog. The peel can be tough on your dog’s digestive tract.
Blueberries – Blueberries are a superfood rich in antioxidants, that prevent cell damage in humans and in your dog.
Pineapple – Pineapples are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This sweet treat is great for your dog as long as you remove the pointy outside first.
Pears – Pears are high in vitamins C & K, as well as, fiber. Like Apples, you will want to remove the seeds and core before giving them to your dog.
Raspberries –Raspberries like blueberries contain antioxidants that are great for your dog. Raspberries are great for your older dog because they have anti-inflammatory properties, which helps their joints. They do contain a small amount of Xylitol, a toxin, so it’s best to limit your dog to about a cup at a time.
Mangos – Mangos are a sweet treat loaded with vitamins A, B6, C, and E, as well as, potassium, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene. Like Apples & Pears, you will want to remove the hardcore as it can be a choking hazard.
Peaches – Peaches in small amounts are a great source of fiber and vitamin A. They also can help fight infections, but the pit does contain cyanide, so you will want to make sure you remove it first. It is best to avoid canned peaches, as they contain a lot of sugar.
Vegetables Your Dog Can Have
Carrots – Carrots are another favorite of our dogs. They are an excellent low-calorie snack that is high in fiber, and great for your dog’s teeth.
Broccoli – Broccoli is high in fiber and vitamin C, making it a very appealing healthy dog treat. Broccoli should be given in moderation as the florets contain a potentially harmful ingredient, isothiocyanates, that can cause mild-to-severe gastric irritation in some dogs.
Cucumbers – Cucumbers are great for overweight dogs, because they have little to no carbs or fats, and can help boost energy levels. They are loaded with lots of great vitamins, making them an ideal healthy treat.
Celery – Celery is full of vitamins A, B, and C, and promotes a healthy heart. It can even help fight cancer. Celery is also a great way to freshen that lovely doggy breath.
Potatoes – Potatoes are fine every now and then, and it’s preferred that they are cooked. Raw potatoes can be tough on your dog’s stomach. Try to avoid mashed potatoes because of the butter, milk, and seasonings.
Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are full of nutrients like fiber, and vitamins B-6 & C. Like regular potatoes, its better if they are cooked and don’t have any seasonings.
Corn – While corn is ok for your dog to have, it doesn’t offer much benefit. Corn doesn’t have a significant source of vitamins or minerals and isn’t a great energy source for dogs. The cob is a definite no, no! Dogs have a hard time digesting it, and it can get stuck in their small intestine.
Asparagus – Like corn, asparagus is ok for your dog, but doesn’t offer much benefit. Raw asparagus is too tough for most dogs to eat, and once you have cooked it so it’s soft, it has lost most of the nutrients it has.
As you can see there are lots of great options for healthy treats you can share with your dog, that are full of great benefits.
Is there a vegetable or fruit you are wondering about that we didn’t mention? Comment below, and we will help you find out!