I’m a big fan of using fruits and vegetables as dog treats, so today I would like to share with you a short list of common fruits and vegetables that you can add to your pup’s diet. This is not by any means a complete list of every fruit and vegetable that dogs can eat, but just something brief to get you started.
One word of caution: if your dog is not already used to eating fresh produce start with small portions since it can take time for their stomachs to build up the digestive enzymes it takes to fully digest the fruit and veggies. Let me again stress the importance of ALWAYS consulting your Veterinarian before adding anything new to your dog’s diet!
Below is a list of some of the produce I feed my dogs, sometimes adding them raw to top their food, use them as treats, or even cook with it in the homemade food and treats I make for them.
- Broccoli and Cauliflower – I cut them up into bite size pieces. It makes them more appealing to my dogs and no one is trying to swallow anything too big.
- Carrots – Baby carrots are one of my dogs’ favorites. I buy the pre washed bags from the store and serve. They love them!
- Fresh Beans – Green beans and snap peas, are all great healthy treats.
- Apples and Pears – I core these due to the seeds being poisonous to my pups. I also peel off the skin because it’s harder to digest.
- Melons – Be careful and watch out for seeds, make sure to remove them. Also, make sure to cut off the rind, it can cause tummy upset.
- Bananas – Very easy, just peel and serve.
- Berries – Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are all wonderful antioxidants. Wash well, remove stems.
- Greens – Lettuces, and kale, are all great for our pups.
- Cucumbers – Just peel and slice into bite size pieces or serve whole as a giant chew toy!
- Pumpkin/Butternut squash – Cooked or baked in a treat, my dogs love it!
I hope this short list was helpful. Stay tuned for much more useful information right here on Paws Give Me Purpose!