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Fruits and Vegetables that are Safe for Dogs

Is your dog bored of his plain old kibble and bagged treats? Are you looking for a way to trim down your dog’s waistline? Maybe you’re looking for healthy way alternative to commercially made treats? Fruits and vegetables are great way to add nutritious snacks to your dogs diet. Your dog will enjoy the new yummy additions to his food routine as well. However, some fruits and vegetables are better for your dog than others. Some are even dangerous, so it’s important to know which to give.

Dog-Safe Fruits

  • Apples: Apples are a great lower cost fruit to give your pup. They are full of vitamins A and C which are important for bones and tissues. The core and seeds contain small amounts of poisonous chemicals, though, so make sure to remove those parts.
  • Bananas: Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps supports healthy heart and kidney functions. However, they are a fruit with high sugar and carbohydrate contents so they should be given sparingly
  • Blueberries: These berries have high levels of antioxidants. This means they help prevent cell and tissue damage. They’re also full of fiber which helps keep your dog’s digestive organs functioning properly.
  • Pineapple: These are safe yummy treats for dogs. Like bananas, these are also high in sugar so feed sparingly. Also, make sure to cut off all of the spikey skin because that can be a choking hazard.
  • Other safe fruits: Cantaloupe, cranberries, mango, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries.

 

Dog-Safe Vegetables

  • Broccoli: Broccoli is a fiber and vitamin-rich veggie that is safe for dogs. However, in large quantities it can cause stomach irritation in some dogs. Give sparingly.
  • Carrots: These are a great, low calorie treat for your dog. They also aid in oral health because they are so crunchy!
  • Celery: Celery is another great low calorie treat for your dog. It has vitamins A, B, and C and aids in heart health and may even fight cancer. It’s also been thought to freshen your dog’s breath!
  • Sweet Potatoes: These are full of fiber and nutrients, but should only be served fully cooked and cooled. Avoid giving them any sugar-packed sweet potato pies or casseroles, though.
  • Other safe vegetables: Brussel sprouts, cucumbers, green beans, peas, potatoes

Since summer is here and fresh produce will be bountiful in the stores, try giving some to your dogs this season!

Does your dog already have a favorite fruit or veggie? Let us know in the comments!

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