Fruits and vegetables provide numerous vitamins and nutrients. While some manufactured dog food packages display images of fruits and vegetables, they are often misleading and are not included in the ingredients. In order to ensure your dog is benefiting from the nutrients they provide, you should include them in their diet.
The following is a list of the some fruits and vegetables that are safe for dogs along with the benefits they each provide.
Apples - Provide antioxidants and vitamin C. The skin of the apple contains vitamin A, which helps eliminate toxins in the intestinal tract.
Bananas - Loaded with minerals, vitamins B6 and C, potassium, manganese and fiber. The natural sugar content provides an energy boost.
Blueberries - Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. The antioxidants help improve heart function.
Pumpkins - Best known for improving intestinal health and settling stomachs. Pumpkin contains fiber that absorbs water that helps prevent diarrhea.
Broccoli - Besides vitamins A, C, and D, it also helps boost the immune system. Cooked broccoli releases enzymes that fight cancer.
Carrots - Improve vision by nourishing the optic nerve. The texture of raw carrots also acts as a toothbrush and fights the build up of tarter. Carrots are also great sources of vitamin A and C.
Green Beans - Contains omega-3 fatty acids and a good source of vitamins A, C, and K. They also promote bone health because they contain silicon vitamin K.
Spinach - A nutrient dense food that helps prevent stomach inflammation and cardiovascular problems. It is rich in vitamins A, B6, and K, and a good source of potassium and calcium.
Fruits and Vegetables to Avoid
These foods can do serious damage to your dog’s heath:
Introducing New Foods
When introducing your dog to fresh fruits and vegetables, make sure to do it at a slow pace. Feeding too much too soon may result in an upset stomach, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
Fresh fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and nutrients that are sure to improve your dog’s overall health and wellness.