Do your dogs love fruits and vegetables? Ours do! For both dogs and humans, eating more fruit and vegetables is an excellent way to load up on vitamins, minerals, and fiber. However, introducing any new food into your dog’s diet may cause an upset stomach. Thus, we recommend introducing only one new item at a time and limiting it to a small amount until you are sure your dog handles it well. Below are some helpful tips.
- In general, fruits are higher in sugar than vegetables, and thus should be limited in overweight pets.
- Make sure to remove all pits before giving fruits to dogs.
- Vegetables that are cooked are generally easier for dogs to digest so we recommend boiling, sauteing, steaming or baking your veggies first.
fruits and veggies to steer clear of
These are the fruits and veggies to avoid. To help you out, we also wrote a whole article on 9 Human Foods to Never Feed Your Dog.
Those include onion and garlic, grapes and raisins, avocado, pits, and sorbitol.
fruits & veggies your dog will love!
Below is a list of fruits and veggies you can feed your dog. Many plants contain oxalate, which if feed regularly, could cause kidney stones in both humans and dogs. While they are healthy, we suggest limiting them to stay on the safe side. The list includes dark leafy greens (particularly spinach), beets, sweet potatoes, and various berries.
Saturated with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and even calcium, leafy greens are a great addition to your dog’s diet. Choose from spinach, chard, kale, and collard greens!
Broccoli is an easy and delicous vegetable to add to your dog’s diet. It contains vitamin K, and is a great source of potassium, fiber, and antioxidants.
Green beans are a rich source of vitamins A and K, are full of folic acid and fiber. Add them to your dog’s food or serve as a snack in between meals.
Asparagus is loaded with vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K, folate, copper, vitamin B1, B2, selenium, and vitamin E. Boil or bake it, and cut it up into bite size pieces.
Bell peppers are a crunchy treat that are naturally high in beta carotene, which helps prevent certain kinds of cancers. We suggest removing stem and seeds and cutting into bite-size chunks before cooking or serving raw.
Carrots are full of vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and other vitamins. Raw or cooked, carrots are healthy options. Make sure you cut them into bite-size chunks to prevent choking.
Sweet potatoes are a safe and healthy food that most dogs seem to love! They are low in fat, full of essential vitamins and support a healthy digestive system thanks to their high fiber content.
Pumpkin is a nutrient powerhouse! It is full of vitamins (A, C, E), and contains calcium, iron, zinc, and potassium. Pumpkin helps dogs struggling with upset stomachs and can also aid in weight management.
Tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. Just make sure to avoid serving stems, vines and green fruit.
Beets are healthy for your dog’s digestion and immune system and help contribute to healthy skin and coat. Just make sure you cook the beets first and cut them into bite-size chunks.
fruits your dog will love
Cantaloupe is loaded with vitamin A and beta carotene, which will help reduce the risk of cancer and prevent cell damage. Just make sure you remove the rind as it can cause intestinal damage.
Tart, sweet and tangy, this tropical fruit can be a delicious addition to your dog’s diet. Raw pineapple contains vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate. Make sure to remove the rind before serving.
Peaches are packed with vitamins A and C, antioxidants and more. They are high in fiber but also higher in sugar than other fruits, so feed a small amount. Wash the peach first, remove the pit and cut up into bite-sized pieces.apples
Apples are high in fiber, low in fat, and a good source of vitamins A and C, making them an ideal snack for overweight or senior dogs who may have a slower metabolism. They can also help clean your dog’s teeth! Apple seeds contain cyanide, so make sure to remove them first.
Rich in potassium, vitamin B6, and fiber, bananas are a healthy and nutritious dog treat. Mash and mix with yogurt or freeze for a tasty treat on a hot day.
Strawberries are full of antioxidants, high in fiber and loaded with vitamin C. They can be cut into bite-size pieces or pureed. Feed strawberries as a snack or add to your dog’s morning yogurt or oatmeal.
Considered a “superfood”, blueberries contain a high level of resveratrol, antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals, known for their anti-cancer and disease-fighting abilities. Try frozen blueberries for a crunchy treat or simply wash and serve raw!
Like strawberries and blueberries, blackberries are loaded with antioxidants to fight free radicals and have plenty of fiber and vitamins. Depending on your dog’s size, cut them up or serve whole!