Do you know what fruits and veggies are healthy for your dog? Here’s a list of flavorful healthy snacks your dog can enjoy that is full of nutrients and health benefits.
Watermelon is a juicy refreshment to keep your dog hydrated during the summer. It contains 92% of water and is a great source of lycopene, which is an antioxidant and can help reduce free radicals. This juicy fruit is loaded with vitamins A, B-6, C and potassium. Don’t forget to remove the seeds and rind before sharing this tasty treat with your dog.
Blueberries are low in calories and known for being a superfood because of it’s various health benefits. These tasty berries have anti-cancer benefits and can aid in the fight against heart disease. They contain a great source of vitamin C and fiber which is a vital component of your dog’s nutrition.
We love it when strawberry season is here! Strawberries are full of fiber and contain vitamin C, and can even help as a teeth-whitening enzyme. This delicious fruit is also great in strengthening the immune system. Keep in mind strawberries are high in sugar so feed your dog in moderation.
Did you know that pumpkins fall under the fruit category? Pumpkin is a nutrient-rich food packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Packed with vitamin A, C, potassium, magnesium and folate. This superfood can help improve your dog’s health in a variety of ways from their eye health, skin and coat, and digestion.
This treat can help with your dog’s sweet tooth. Low in calories, yet an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, calcium, phosphorus and antioxidants. Chewing an apple can also help clean your dog’s teeth. Before feeding your dog this crunchy treat be sure to remove any seeds and stems; they can be toxic.
Green beans provide your dog with numerous nutrients for a healthy diet. Packed with protein, iron, calcium, vitamins A, B-6, C and K. Full of fiber and low in calories, green beans make a great alternative to dog treats high in calories. Chopped, steamed, raw or canned – are all safe to consume as long as they are plain.
Frozen carrots make a great treat and chew toy if your dog likes crunchies. Carrots are rich in fiber and vitamin A, low in calories and fat. These orange treats support your dog’s dental health and sustain good eye health.
Asparagus is a healthy vegetable that you can feed your dog. Asparagus is full of vitamins K, A, B1, B2, C, E, iron, copper, fiber, manganese, and potassium that will help keep your dog healthy and full of life.
Brussel sprouts are apart of the cabbage family and a delicious leafy vegetable safe for your dog. Stuffed with vitamin K, which helps fight off toxins and protect the heart. These little sprouts are filled with fiber, potassium, and antioxidants that reduce inflammation and improve blood circulation.
Sweet potatoes are root veggies that offer a great source of vitamins A, B-6, E and C. You can find calcium, iron, folate, potassium, and copper in any healthy dose of sweet potatoes and your dog will enjoy the delicious taste. These sweet treats support a healthy digestive system.
What fruits and veggies should my dog avoid?
While they may be tasty, there are certain fruits and vegetables that your dog shouldn’t eat. Beware of avocados, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes. Fruits that are toxic include grapes, cherries, limes, lemons and grapefruits.
It’s very important to be mindful of any foods we feed our furry family members. While certain foods have great health benefits, others can pose potential health risks.
American Kennel Club https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/fruits-vegetables-dogs-can-and-cant-eat/ (accessed July. 2, 2020)