DOG FRIENDLY FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
It’s not uncommon to want to spoil your dog by sharing table scraps or your favorite snack. After all, if it is safe for you to eat, it must be OK for them to eat, right? Not necessarily. While many human foods are perfectly safe for dogs, some are very unhealthy and downright dangerous. It’s critical to learn what dog friendly fruits and dog friendly vegetables are out there.
It’s important to know that dogs don’t necessarily need fruits and veggies as a part of their diet. They’re carnivores. While an occasional fruit or veggie as a treat is OK, they don’t need to be staples. Here’s a quick guide on what fruits and veggies are safe for them to eat.
Dog Friendly Fruits
Apples are a good source of vitamins A and C and fiber, apples are a light and refreshing snack. They are low in protein and fat, making them the perfect snack for senior dogs. Just be sure to remove the stem, core and seeds as they are not safe for dogs. Try them frozen for an icy warm weather snack.
Full of potassium, fiber and magnesium, bananas are high in sugar making them sweet to the taste. They are low in cholesterol and sodium, but because of their high sugar content, bananas should be given as a treat, not part of your dog’s main diet. These should be considered a special treat.
Rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, blueberries are commonly referred to as a superfood that can help fight against cancer and repair cell damage. They’re packed with fiber and phytochemicals as well. Teaching your dog to catch treats in the air? Try blueberries as an alternative to store-bought treats.
No, dogs should not eat avocados. While avocado may be a healthy snack for you, it should not be given to dogs at all. The pit, skin, and leaves of avocados contain persin, a toxin that often causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. The fleshy inside of the fruit doesn’t have as much persin as the rest of the plant, but it is still too much for dogs to handle.
No, dogs should not eat cherries. Cherry plants contain cyanide and are toxic to dogs. Cyanide disrupts cellular oxygen transport, which means that your dog’s blood cells can’t get enough oxygen. If your dog eats cherries, be on the lookout for dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, and red gums, as these may be signs of cyanide poisoning. Take them to the vet immediately!
Dogs should never eat grapes. Grapes and raisins are very toxic and they can lead to acute sudden kidney failure. Make sure your dog avoids them at all costs.
Dog Friendly Vegetables
Chopped, steamed, raw, or canned – all types of green beans are safe for dogs to eat, as long as they are plain. Green beans are full of fiber, vitamins A, C and K. and they’re also full of fiber and low in calories. Opt for low-salt or no-salt products if you’re feeding canned green beans to your dog.
Carrots are an excellent low-calorie snack that is high in fiber and beta-carotene, which produces vitamin A. Plus, crunching on this orange veggie is great for your dog’s teeth and it’s a lot of fun for them. One of our employees here at Doggy Brace even substitutes carrots for treats with their Dachshund. He loves them that much!
Brussels sprouts are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that are great for humans and dogs, alike. Don’t overfeed them to your dog, however, because they can cause lots of gas. Cabbage is also safe for dogs, but comes with the same gassy warning! Do not feed them to your pup if you can’t stand farts, otherwise, they’re perfectly safe.
Dogs should avoid mushrooms, no matter the type, just to be safe. While only 50-100 of the 50,000 mushroom species worldwide are known to be toxic, the ones that are poisonous can really hurt your dog or even lead to death. Washed white mushrooms from the supermarket could be OK, but it’s better to be safe than sorry; skip the fungi all together.
Dogs should never eat onions! Onions, leeks, and chives are all poisonous to most pets, especially cats. Eating onions can cause your dog’s red blood cells to rupture, and can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea. Onion poisoning is more serious in Japanese breeds of dogs like Akitas and Shiba Inus, but all dogs are very susceptible to it. It’s best to just steer clear entirely.