Ask the Vegan Vet: Top 10 Fruits and Veggies Safe for Dogs

Fresh fruits and veggies make great treats for your pup! But which ones are safe and which should be avoided? Vegan veterinarian Dr. Lorelei Wakefield rates her top 10 fruit and veggie snacks for dogs below.

According to Dr. Wakefield, pure fruit and vegetable snacks can safely make up 10% of the diet without concerns about balancing nutrients (more than that and you may need some recipes and or supplements to keep your dogs healthy).

Here are some vet-approved suggestions for healthy dog snacks:

🥕 Top 5 vegetable treats:

  1. carrots
  2. green beans
  3. celery
  4. cucumbers
  5. peeled/cooked/cooled sweet potatoes

    🍎 Top 5 fruit treats:

    1. apples (no seeds)
    2. bananas
    3. blueberries
    4. cantaloupe
    5. mango (without skin / pit)

    For all of the above: Be sure to wash and remove the skin, seeds, and pits and cut into bite-sized chunks. Then voila, healthy treats!

    "Keep in mind that not all human food is appropriate for animals.  Toxic human foods to avoid in dogs are grapes, raisins, chocolate, caffeine, cherries, alcohol, bread dough, xylitol (in sugar-free foods), macadamia nuts, onions and garlic.  Also avoid avocado, rhubarb and mushrooms as they may be toxic as well.  Citrus fruits do not digest well with the exception of oranges.  Pits and seeds are often toxic or present a choking hazard so be sure to remove these parts in anything you offer.

    Adding new foods can cause stomach upset especially in sensitive dogs.  To avoid this, introduce only a small amount of new food at a time."


    Dr. Lorelei Wakefield, VMD


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    • Sorry to say, cucumber, which is on the ‘veggie’ list, is actually a fruit. :)

      My pups love watermelon! We had some today.

      Deb Smith on
    • My dogs love raspberry leaves..especially in spring when the sap is running in them ( I think that is what they like)..- one Boxer I had particularly liked to crunch the canes to get more sap, I think,…but all the other dogs just eat the leaves…the raspberries are thornless…..It doesn’t seem to hurt them….what do you think?

      AnneProudFire on
    • My dog love lettuce and broccoli is that okay for her

      Jennifer on
    • My dog LOVES watermelon and baby spinach. Are these ok to give her?

      Tara on
    • Thank you for the tips. Keep them coming because I’m newly transitioning my dog to this food and lifestyle. I would love to learn as much as I can. Thank you very much.

      Bjean on

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