The Best Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs

Nov 01

Making assumptions about what your dog can eat and what it can’t is dangerous. While most fruits and vegetables are edible, they aren’t ideal for dogs. So, how do you make sure that your dog gets the right nutrients without adding too many calories?

  1. Apples

Apples are ideal fruits for dogs. They are a rich source of vitamins A and C. These vitamins are essential for good health. They also are rich in antioxidants which fight free radicals preventing cell and DNA damage.

Apples are also rich in pectin that fiber necessary for the production of short-chain fatty acids.  These fatty acids eliminate toxins from the intestinal tract and also improve the function of muscles that surround the intestines. Pectin reduces bad bacteria as well.

  1. Bananas

They are easily available and take less time to digest than the time you’d ever need to process your real estate purchase. Bananas are great pick-me-up fruits as their natural sugar converts into energy fast.

Besides the great taste loved by dogs, bananas are rich in amino acids, fiber, copper, and potassium.  They also have vitamins B6 and vitamin C essential for good heart health and maintenance of healthy blood pressure levels. Though low in cholesterol, bananas have high sugar content hence should only be given as treats and not part of their regular diet.

  1. Blueberries

Your dogs will love you a little more by adding blueberries to their list of treats. Blueberries are superfoods rich in antioxidants, and they prevent cellular damage from free radicals in dogs just like in humans. They have high concentrations of fiber and phytochemicals which enhance good health.

  1. Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is packed with nutrients, and it is low in calories. It is also a great source of finer and water. Since it is high in sugar, dogs should eat it in moderation. If your dog is diabetic or overweight, you should reduce their intake of cantaloupe.

  1. Broccoli

Yes, kids may not like broccoli, but dogs can eat them albeit in small quantities. Broccoli is best served as an occasional treat. It is a healthy source of vitamin C and fiber. It has low-fat content hence safe for their weight. It also has phytochemicals which prevent carcinogens from attacking normal and healthy cells. Sulforaphane in broccoli enhances the function of the immune system.

However, intake of broccoli should be minimal as the florets have isothiocyanates that cause mild-to-severe gastric irritation. The stalks can cause esophageal restriction.

  1. Carrots

Carrots are a favorite vegetable for dogs not just because of the taste but also their richness in vitamins C, A, D, E, and K. Their richness in beta-carotene makes them ideal for enhancing dogs’ vision, improving skin health and also cleaning gums and teeth. Beta-carotene fight free radicals that cause cell damage.

They are also rich in niacin, riboflavin, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron and sodium.

  1. Brussel Sprouts

You can also feed your dog Brussel sprouts though in minimal quantities just as with broccoli. Brussel sprouts are rich in vitamins A, B1, K, B6, G and also folate, manganese, and potassium.

  1. Cranberries

Fresh and dried cranberries are safe for dogs. Cranberries are effective in lowering the ph of urine making it more acidic. The acidity fights urinary tract infections.

Other fruits and vegetables ideal for dogs include celery, peas, pears, cucumbers, green beans, mangoes, peaches, oranges, raspberries, pineapples, potatoes, strawberries, spinach, watermelon, and sweet potatoes.