Whether you've switched your pup to a vegan diet or not, you may be wondering just how healthy it is to sneak them a piece of broccoli or a slice of watermelon here and there. Are these foods safe, and can dogs properly digest them?
The good news is, fruits and veggies are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for your fur baby. As omnivores, dogs are adaptable to a wide variety of foods and can benefit from added fruits and veggies in their diets.
Which fruits and veggies are safe? Carrots, broccoli, green beans, sweet potato (cooked & cooled), kale, spinach, bananas, apples, strawberries, blueberries, and cantaloupe are great options, to name a few! (Be sure to steer clear of grapes, raisins, and onions, which are toxic to dogs.)
How much should I feed? Veterinarian Dr. Lorelei Wakefield recommends keeping pure fruit and vegetable snacks to 10% of the diet or less. With any new food, start by introducing a small amount to avoid potential tummy upsets.
How should fruits and veggies be prepared? Wash and remove the skin, seeds, and pits and cut into bite-sized chunks. If cooking, be sure to cool before serving. Then add to your dog's meals or use as bite-sized treats!
Check out some of the fruit and veggie superfoods we use in our v-dog kibble and treats:
- Blueberries are a great source of vitamin C and vitmain K.
- Sweet potato promotes a healthy gut microbiome.
- Kale is rich in iron and calcium.
- Bananas are a great boost of potassium.
- Celery helps reduce inflammation.
- Cranberries contribute to urinary tract health.
- Beets are high in antioxidants and can help fight cancer.
Does your pup have a favorite fruit or veggie snack? Tag us @vdogfood on Instagram!
Since 2005, v-dog has seen pups of all shapes and sizes make the switch to a clean, plant-based diet. V-dog kibble is made in California with plant-based superfoods like peas, lentils, and quinoa. Check out some of the thousands of thriving v-dogs on our testimonials page.