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What Fruits And Vegetables Can Dogs Eat?

healthy fruits for dogs

Dogs are omnivorous animals exactly like us, so they can eat fruits and vegetables to have a balanced diet, full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Let’s see what fruits and vegetables can dogs eat?

As a dog owner, I’m sure that you want to share some of your food with your dog, but table scraps are not a good idea. However, some fruits and vegetables can be very beneficial for your furry friend, so you should include them in its diet.

Fruits That Are Safe For Your Dog

Fruits are healthy for dogs too, so when buying food for you and your family don’t forget that your pooch might need them more than you.

1. Apple

Due to their high nutritional value, apples are very beneficial for dogs. These fruits are rich in vitamin C, fibers and minerals such as calcium (Ca) and potassium (K).

red apples

Red apples, image source: pixabay.com

Additionally, apples contain an important digestive astringent, and have anti-inflammatory properties, making them beneficial in helping several gastrointestinal issues.

You can use a few slices of apple without skin, seeds and core to threat diarrhea in your dog, however apples are not recommended in constipation.

2. Pear

Ripe pears are even tastier than apples despite the fact that they contain 80% water and have a low caloric value.

Pear

Pear, image source: pixabay.com

Pears are a perfect source of dietary fiber, and minerals such as potassium (K). They also contain essential antioxidants and promote intestinal transit.

A few slices of pear (you have to remove the core and the seeds) and can prevent cardiovascular disease, so they are the perfect fruits for dogs with diabetes.

3. Banana

Bananas are considered very beneficial fruits for dogs due to fact that they are rich in minerals like potassium (K) and phosphorus (P), dietary fiber, vitamins like vitamin C and B group (including folate or vitamin B9).

Banana

Bananas, image source: pixabay.com

These exotic fruits can help to regulate the intestinal transit of your dog, but don’t forget that ripe bananas contain a greater amount of tannins (they provide astringent effect) therefore they are good form combating diarrhea.

However, an excess of ripe bananas can lead to constipation.

Bananas are also high in sugars, so be moderate when using bananas in your dog’s diet.

4. Blueberries

Blueberries contain traces of minerals such as calcium (Ca), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn), magnesium (Mg), and phosphorus (P) and high concentrations of antioxidants, so they are the best fruits for preventing cancer and the occurrence of heart disease in dogs.

These tiny and round fruits are rich in vitamin C, and dietary fiber, which means that they are very beneficial for your dog’s digestive system.

However, don’t forget to remove the seeds before giving them to your dog to avoid any issues.

5. Apricot and Peach

Apricots are rich in soluble fiber and are packed with vitamins like vitamin A, C, B5 (Pantothenic Acid) and E.

They also contain minerals like potassium (K), magnesium (Mg), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu) and antioxidants, so they can improve the eye, the gut health and the skin of your dog.

peaches

Peaches, image source: pixabay.com

Peaches are even better because they contain only 39 calories per 100 g of fruit.

At the same time, peaches are packed with vitamins like vitamin E and K, niacin, folate, choline and minerals like iron (Fe), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg), phosphorus (P), manganese (Mn), zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu), so they can prevent anemia in dogs.

The small amount of calories contained by apricots can help in preventing obesity in dogs, and can help them stay fit.

Remove the skin and stone before using apricots or peaches to feed your dog.

6. Watermelon

Watermelon is a great fruit packed with vitamins like vitamins A, B6 and C, minerals like magnesium (Mg) and potassium (K), and components for a healthy heart like lycopene and citrulline.

Containing a large amount of water, he watermelon can be used to hydrate your dog.

Give your dog smaller portions of watermelon without seeds in hot weather.

Use this in moderation because despite being so tasty and useful, it also contains a high volume of fructose.

7. Santa Claus Melon

This melon is an excellent source of vitamin A and E and antioxidants, and is also a powerful diuretic for your pooch.

Santa Claus Melon

Santa Claus Melon, image source: pixabay.com

You have to remove the shell and the seeds, and cut the melon into chunks before giving to your dog.

Vegetables Safe For Dogs

Vegetables are less sweet, but exactly like fruits, some of them can be very beneficial for dogs.

1. Brussel Sprout

These little green vegetables, are packed with vitamins like A and C, minerals like manganese (Mn), and fibers.

However, don’t let your pooch eat too many, because they can produce a large amount of gas.

2. Broccoli

Broccoli can boost the immunity of your dog due to the high concentration of minerals like calcium (Ca), iron (Fe), phosphorous (P), potassium (K), zinc (Zn) and vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.

broccoli

Broccoli, image source: pixabay.com

However, remove the heads because they can be dangerous for your dog (they produce a lot of gas and can upset the digestive system).

Use this vegetable in moderation, and try to stick to the stock.

3. Celery

Celery is a low calorie vegetable that can produce a lot of benefits. Being packed with vitamins A, B and C and minerals like phosphorous (P), the crunch can also freshen your dog’s breath.

4. Cucumber

Being low in carbs and high in nutrients, cucumbers are the perfect snack for dogs that are overweight or for dogs that want to stay in shape.

cucumber

Cucumber, image source: pixabay.com

5. Carrot

Crunchy vegetables are great for eyesight and can clean your dog’s teeth and freshen the breath.

Carrots are rich in minerals like potassium (K) and are rich in beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A, they also contain biotin, vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and vitamin B6.

6. Green Beans

Green beans are high in fiber, vitamins like A, C and K, folate, thiamine and niacin, minerals such as: calcium (Ca), iron (Fe), magnesium (Mg), phosphorous (P), potassium (K) and zinc (Zn).

green beans

Green beans, image source: pixabay.com

They are low in calories, so your pup will enjoy them in any form.

7. Green Peas

Green peas are excellent sources of fibers, proteins, vitamins like C and E, and minerals like zinc (Z), which means that they can boost the immune system.

Watch out for frozen peas because they come with sodium, and you don’t want too much salt for your pooch.

8. Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins (A, B5, B6, C, and E), fiber and minerals like potassium (K) and manganese (Mn), and they are also very tasty.

sweet potato

Sweet potato, image source: pixabay.com

You should give your dog only small pieces of cooked sweet potato.

Conclusion

Don’t forget that animal researchers are divided on if dogs need fruits and vegetables in their diet.

Always remember that the diet of your dog should be mainly based on meat and fish and only 20% of your dog’s total daily intake should contain fruits and vegetables.

Article written by:

Darius Savin is a lifelong animal lover and protector and the chief editor of Checkmember. He writes and edits articles and is also the creator of the distribution maps for all the creatures featured here.