As we come into the warmer months we will be seeing all the fresh fruit and vegetable stands filling up and gardens blossoming. A lot of these fruits and vegetables that we prepare for ourselves or our family members we can also share with our furry family members. Dogs can have a variety of fruits and vegetables that we eat that are healthy for them and I wanted to share some with you that can be shared with the whole family.
Apples – They are high in fiber and can help with digestion. They have a good source of antioxidants and vitamins A and C. Just make sure to remove the seeds and the core as they contain poisonous toxins to dogs.
Bananas – Also a good source of fiber and potassium. Low in cholesterol and sodium. They do have about 12 grams of sugar so keep in mind to feed in small amounts.
Blueberries – They are rich in antioxidants (vitamins C and K) and high in fiber. A tip is to break open the blueberry to unleash the scent and make it smell more interesting.
Carrots- Full of vitamins and beta carotene. Good for cleaning plaque off their teeth. Can be a healthy crunchy snack for pups.
Strawberries – Also know as little Vitamin C nuggets. They are also high in sugar like bananas so be sure to be mindful about how many they have
Watermelon – A very tasteful and hydrating snack. You can also freeze it and make it a watermelon popsicle. Be sure to remove any seeds and don’t let them eat the rind.
Cucumber – Loaded with nutrients like potassium, copper, magnesium, biotin, vitamins K & C. They are great for hydration and perfect for a hot day snack.
Celery – Great for your dogs immune system and full of vitamins A, B & C. Makes for a great low calorie snack.
There are many more healthy snacks like snap peas and green bean too. Your and your dog can eat these healthy snacks right from the garden! If you would like to read more about other snacks that are also healthy click on the link below.
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Please always check with your vet before making any major changes with feeding fruits or vegetables on a regular basis to your dog. Remember to mix it up with a variety and keep it to small “snack” amounts