Safe and harmless: Which fruits and vegetables can my dog eat?

posted byShotaro Nabeya23/03/2021

Fruits and veggies can be healthy for dogs just like us humans, but some may be more harmful than others.

Growing up, we’ve had our parents constantly tell us to eat fruits and veggies to stay strong and healthy. Same goes for our beloved dogs. But unlike humans, some fruits and veggies can cause more harm than good for our furry friends. Find out which fruits and vegetables to feed or avoid for your dog!


What Fruits are Healthy and Safe for My Dog?


Apples
–Apples are excellent choices for your dog. High in Vitamin A and C, they have a great effect on your dog’s immune system as well as their digestive system. Apple peels have a concentrated source of nutrients so it is worth leaving it on for your dog.

Blackberries – Just like apples, these little berries are high in vitamin A and C and also contain antioxidants for a healthier immune and intestinal system for your dogs.

Bananas - A great natural source of sugar and starch, this fruit can help a dog who is on a low sodium and cholesterol diet. Due to its high content of sugar and starch, it is recommended not to give too much of this fruit to your dog. Dogs that are also prone to yeast infections should also avoid this fruit.

Blueberries – Blueberries are very rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients making them a great choice of fruit for your beloved dog. These berries are also effective in strengthening the dog’s immune system and preventing cancer cells from developing.

Cantaloupe – Cantaloupes have very high nutritional content, especially in vitamins A, B, and C. Although very nutritious and beneficial to your dog, just like bananas it is also high in sugar content. It is recommended not to give too much of this fruit to your dog as it can also be harmful to diabetic dogs.

Cherries – High in vitamin C and very beneficial to your dogs, the only thing to worry about is the cyanide level in the seeds. Be sure to remove them when feeding your dog cherries.

Cranberries – Safe all around and extremely nutritious. Rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. It can also treat urinary tract infections and prevent cancer cells from developing.

Cucumbers – Firstly, yes, apparently cucumbers are considered a fruit. Secondly, they are high in moisture and nutritional value. They contain vitamin C, K, B1, and other healthy nutrients to help strengthen your dog’s immune system. Due to the high level of moisture, it is also very helpful in hydrating your dog.

Kiwi – High in Vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants. Not only will it boost the immune system and prevent cancer cells from growing, but it also has a great effect on the skin of your dog.

Mango – This sweet and tasty fruit contains a bunch of valuable nutrients to strengthen their immune systems. Just like other fruits, take the seed out before feeding your dog. Not only is the seed high in cyanide, but it can also be a choking hazard for your dog.

Citrus Fruits – Fruits such as oranges, limes, lemons, etc. are high in beneficial nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Although harmless in general, large amounts can cause digestive problems due to the citrus oils.

Pears – High in vitamins C and K, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. A great choice for strengthening the immune and digestive systems in your dog. Some experts also say it reduces the chances of developing a stroke.

Peaches – These delicious fruits are high in fiber and vitamin A. It is also a great fruit to fight against infections. Keep in mind the seeds are also high in cyanide and can be a choking hazard for your dog.

Pineapples – Another great fruit for your dog to eat. High contents of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and bromelain which is a digestive enzyme that helps with the absorption of proteins.

Raspberries– High in micronutrients such as antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber. Great for dogs in old age and joint problems because of the fruit’s anti-inflammatory properties. It is worth noting that these fruits contain small amounts of xylitol which is toxic for your dogs. Small servings will not cause any issues but don’t give too much of this fruit to your dog.

Strawberries – Delicious, sweet, and healthy. These fruits contain antioxidants, vitamin C, fibers, and a specific enzyme that helps whiten your dog’s teeth. Just like mangoes and peaches, these fruits also have a high content of sugar so it is advised not to give too much to your dog.

Watermelon – Another delicious and healthy fruit. Watermelons contain high contents of vitamins and potassium which helps the immune system. Just like other fruits high in sugar, it is advised not to give too much.


What Vegetables are Safe and Healthy for my Dog?


Bell Peppers
– Bell peppers are excellent veggies for your dog. It is high in vitamins, beta-carotene, fiber, and antioxidants making them a great way to strengthen your dog’s immune system. The crunchy texture will definitely also make your dog happy!

Broccoli – Broccoli is another great vegetable for your dog. Full of nutrients such as fiber, manganese, and vitamin C making it another excellent choice to strengthen the immune system in your dogs. Some dogs have a sensitivity to isothiocyanates which can be found in broccoli. If this is the case, avoid feeding your dog this vegetable.

Brussels Sprouts – Rich in vitamins and high in antioxidants, a great combo to increase your dog’s immune system. Although not a huge issue, large amounts of Brussel sprouts can cause excessive gas production in your dog.

Cabbage – Although not as rich in nutrients as other vegetables, cabbage is still a healthy vegetable that can benefit your dog. It also helps with your dog’s intestines increasing gas production.

Carrots – Arguably the best snack for your dog to crunch on. Low in calories but high in nutrients, most dogs will surely enjoy this vegetable.

Cauliflower – Cauliflowers are excellent for your dog. Either cooked or raw, it is high in vitamins and minerals and is also known to relieve inflammation in your dogs. Experts also say this vegetable can treat arthritis in senior dogs and also prevent digestive issues.

Celery – Another vegetable high in vitamins, potassium, and micronutrients. This vegetable will promote your dog’s immune system as well as prevent or fight cancer cells from developing.

Green Beans – Green beans are also a healthy vegetable for your dog to eat. It is recommended to chop them up to smaller pieces and can be fed raw or steamed. Like other vegetables, make sure not to add spices and keep them plain for your dog.

Lettuce – Just like carrots, lettuce is low in calories but high in nutrients. It contains vitamins A, B, and K and also contains minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, making it a great choice to strengthen your dog’s immune system.

Peas – Peas are high in vitamins and minerals but are also a great source of carbohydrates. They are also high in proteins but it is still recommended to feed meat as the main source of protein for your dog. Be sure to mind the sodium level if you are feeding canned peas to your dog. Fresh and frozen peas are ideal.

Potatoes – Potatoes are very common in dog food due to their high nutritional value such as vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. It is extremely important to NEVER feed raw potatoes or parts of potato plants to your dog, this is because of the high content of solanine found in raw potatoes which is extremely toxic to your dog.

Pumpkin – Pumpkins are another excellent source of nutrients and can be found in many premium dog foods. It is very helpful for dogs experiencing diarrhea and constipation.

Spinach – Known as a superfood for both humans and pets. Rich in vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants. Keep in mind that spinach has oxalic acid which can lead to kidney problems if given too much. Small servings will help and be helpful to your dog.

Sweet potatoes – The super carbohydrates vegetable. It is extremely beneficial to your dogs as it contains vitamins C and B6, beta-carotene, potassium, and dietary fiber. Another great vegetable for supporting the immune system and digestive system.

Zucchini – A great source of fiber and vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. It can be fed raw or cooked and will equally benefit your dog.


What are Dangerous and Hazardous Fruits for Dogs?


Avocados – This fruit is extremely toxic for your dog. It contains a compound called persin which can cause your dogs to vomit, have diarrhea, abdominal pain, and other issues. If your dog accidentally eats an avocado, it is wise to contact your local veterinarian.

Coconuts– Although coconuts have beneficial nutrients in its oils that can help your dog, it also contains lauric acid which doesn’t have good health effects on your dog’s health. Coconuts also contain saturated fat which in large quantities can cause a lot of health problems.

Grapes & Raisins – Grapes are the worst thing you can feed your dog. Although experts are not entirely sure why it causes so many health problems for your dog, it is known to lead to severe kidney failure and even death depending on the breed, sex, and age of your dog.

Unripe Tomatoes – Ripe tomatoes are actually good for your dog’s health as it brings a lot of nutritional value. Unripe tomatoes on the other hand contain solanine which causes diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and other symptoms that are not helpful to your dog.


What are Dangerous and Hazardous Vegetables for Dogs?


Garlic & Onions
– Garlic and onions contain compounds that cause damage to the red blood cells in dogs. It causes vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness, and other symptoms. Avoid feeding these vegetables to your dogs.

RhubarbRhubarb contains high contents of oxalic acid which causes tremors, kidney failure, and even comas in worst-case scenarios. Avoid feeding this veggie to your dog.



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