Want to give your dog only healthy treats and food? It can be difficult to know what’s good and what’s bad when the ingredient labels for dog treats are filled with words you can't even pronounce!
So it makes sense to feed them what you know is free of preservatives and artificial additives. What might this be? The very thing in your kitchen that you feed yourself: vegetables!
Veggies are great for dogs! They're low in calories, rich in fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and enzymes. But not all veggies are good for dogs. And a lot of veggies may be good for them but dog’s don’t particularly like them. The first thing is the prep.
How to Prepare Vegetables for Dogs?
Make sure to chop the veggies into small pieces so your dog doesn’t choke.
Additionally, you can try methods like:
- Blanching- submerging vegetable in boiling hot then very cold water to remove dirt
- Steaming- submerging vegetables in boiling water to completely cook them through
- Pureeing- blending veggies to get a raw puree that is easier for dogs to digest
- Freezing- freezing cooked veggies or putting pureed veggies into ice cube trays and then freezing for saving time and effort
What Vegetables Can Dogs Eat?
It’s important to note while veggies are super healthy for dogs they should still be given in moderation. Too many vegetables can cause an increase in alkalinity causing kidney issues.
All you have to do is peel and chop these and your dog will eat ‘em up. Or don’t do that even! Give them baby carrots instead. They’re a great source of vitamin A, biotin, and beta carotene.
Your dogs will love cucumbers just as much as you do! Cut them in half lengthwise, slice off the seeds and then wash them. These are rich in antioxidants giving your dog anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes make long-lasting treats and are safe for dogs to have. Great for digestion and they’re also rich in vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese.
Dogs love super crunchy things and celery is one of them! It’s also a great source of vitamin A, B, C, calcium, potassium, iron, sodium, and phosphorus.
- Green Beans
Green beans are high in fiber and low in calories making them a filling snack for doggies. They are full of important vitamins, minerals, iron, and calcium. Remember to wash them thoroughly!
Broccoli improves bone density and heart health but it should only be given in moderation to avoid stomach upset.
Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A, C, beta carotene, potassium, calcium, zinc, fiber, magnesium. It’s great for dogs so much so that it even helps ease mild constipation!
- Sugar snap peas
These make tasty, nutrient-rich treats for your dog that are easy to digest. All you need to do is wash them and they are ready! They’re rich in fiber, protein, vitamin C, and K.
Beets are safe for dogs and a healthy source of vitamin C, fiber, manganese, and potassium. They improve the digestive and immune system and lead to healthy coats and skin.
Zucchini is a safe and tasty treat to give your dog. However, to only give in moderation.
That’s 10 kinds of vegetables dogs can eat safely!
As for What Vegetables Can’t Dogs Eat?
Keep onions, garlic, chives, avocado, rhubarb, and even kale (bad in excess) away from your dogs.
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Rocky Kanaka is an entrepreneur, pet rescue advocate and dog dad to a rescue boxer named Flip, a blind Cane Corso called Kobe, and a terrier mix named Zoey. He's also a pet chef and owner of The Dog Bakery, which specializes in dog birthday cakes
and fresh baked dog treats. His three dogs can't get enough of the dog cakes and treats!
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and jerky. A 15 year veteran in the pet industry, her aim is to educate pet parents on the best recipes, products, tips and tricks to optimize the human/canine bond. Her favorite product at The Dog Bakery are the customizable dog birthday cakes.