Fruits and Veggies to Add to Your Dog’s Natural Diet
Although dogs are mainly carnivores, the addition of certain fruits and vegetable can enhance your dog’s diet. Fruits and vegetables can help improve your dog’s immune system, they can provide extra vitamins and minerals and some can even help your dog lose weight if they need to.
You can replace 10 to 20 percent of your dog’s regular diet with fruits and vegetables. Start out by adding a very small amount of fruits and veggies to your dog’s diet to avoid a digestive upset. Gradually increase the amount you give your dog over a two week period. Most vegetables and fruits are good for your dog, but there are a few that should be avoided.
Certain vegetables and fruits can be toxic to your dog. Never give your dog grapes, raisins, onions or garlic; they can be extremely harmful to your dog. Broccoli in large amounts can be toxic to dogs. Broccoli should comprise 10 percent or less of your dog’s diets.
Following is a list of vegetables and fruits that will make a healthy addition to your dog’s diet. Try out several of them to see which ones your dog likes.
Carrots provide beta carotene to your dog. They are also high in vitamins K, C and A. They are also high in potassium and fiber. They help to prevent cancer and are rich in antioxidants. They can be steamed or boiled and added to your dog’s dry food or small pieces of raw carrot can be fed for a treat.
Green Beans are a great source of fiber and can help your dog to lose weight. Replace part of their dry dog food with green beans and you should see your dog slim down. They also provide your dog with vitamins K, A, C and manganese.
Peas are high in fiber and protein. They also provide your dog with several of the B vitamins, as well as manganese, fiber, folate and thiamin. You can give your dog canned peas, or fresh or frozen peas that have been cooked.
Blueberries will provide your dog with numerous antioxidants. They can help to reduce tear staining in dogs. They can be served fresh, canned or frozen.
Cranberries can help to prevent or control urinary tract infections in dogs. They help to lower the pH of your dog’s urine. They are also high in antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. They can be served fresh or frozen, but do not feed you dog cranberry sauce, it is very in sugar.
Pumpkin is another food that can help your dog lose weight. It is high in fiber and will help your dog to feel full. Replace a small amount of your dog’s dry food with an equal amount of pumpkin to help your dog slim down. Pumpkin can also help to ease stomach upset and to control diarrhea in dogs. Pumpkin will provide your dog with lots of antioxidants and vitamin A.
Most dogs love apples and they can be used as a treat for your dog. They are high in fiber and vitamin A and C. Apples can also help with your dog’s digestive health. Apples can be fed raw, cooked or as applesauce.
Bananas can provide a quick burst of energy for your dog. They are full of natural sugars that will give your dog quick energy. They also contain vitamins B6 and C and lots of potassium and other minerals.
Most dogs will love the addition of fruits and vegetables to their diet. Start out with small amounts of one fruit or vegetable. See how well your dog tolerates that one fruit or vegetable before adding more. Once you know which fruits and vegetables your dog likes and tolerates well, you can rotate them so your dog does not get tired of any one fruit or veggie.