Questions are raised, time and again, as to which fruits and vegetables are safe for your pet dogs to eat. As a pet owner, it is important to understand which foods are safe for your pup and which ones should be avoided. Here is a list of a few plant products which are safe or unsafe for your pet dogs. However, we strongly advise you to have a detailed discussion with your pet’s veterinarian before feeding any of the safe food items which are listed below.
Bananas can be fed to the dogs as an occasional treat. They are a respectable source of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C and are good enough to be fed to the dogs. Apart from being rich in potassium and low in sodium and cholesterol, this yellow fruit also has fiber which keeps a check on the process of digestion. However, one has to keep in mind that bananas contain a high content of sugar and carbohydrates and impliedly, it must not form a part of a dog’s regular diet.
Broccoli can do no harm to the dogs when served at regular intervals, like once in a fortnight. Low in fat and high in Vitamin C and fiber, an eye has to be kept at the number of broccolis which is being fed as overconsumption of the same is likely to cause stomach irritation.
Apples can be a good option for an aged dog that may have a low metabolism. They are high in fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and very low in fat. They are also beneficial in maintaining healthy bones and tissues. The seeds and the core of the apples are, however, required to be removed as they contain cyanide.
Carrots are great for your dog’s teeth and it also helps in freshening up their breath. Carrots contain a negligible amount of calorie and in addition to that, they also boast of having Vitamins A, B and C. Furthermore, they are also potent enough to boost their eye-sight.
Mangoes appeal to the taste buds of dogs as well. They are a safe source of Vitamin A, B6, C, and E for pups, and they also contain beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Just remove the skin and the hard pit and cut the flesh into small slices before sending them into the dog’s bowl. Mangoes are high in sugar and therefore, they should only be handed over to the dogs to savor once in a blue moon.
Peas can make a good snack owing to the fact that they offer Vitamin B and potassium. They are also high in fiber and can be fed fresh or frozen.
Oranges are safe enough for the dogs, provided their peel and seeds are subtracted. It is an open secret that dogs fancy eating oranges. This fruit possesses Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber and when they are fed to dogs in small quantities, they help in removing toxins out of their body.
Spinach is not advisable to share it with your dog as it could cause problems to your dog’s kidneys and its consumption could hinder its body’s ability to soak calcium from the food it consumes.
Watermelons are an excellent option to keep dogs hydrated as they contain a lot of water. When dogs gobble watermelons, their nerve functions get enhanced and their muscles also become stronger. It is important to remove the seeds and the hard outer cover of watermelons as they are capable of causing intestinal blockage.
Cucumbers can remove the foul smell of their breath and inject a good amount of fluid into their body as they contain Vitamins K and C and contain very low carbohydrates or fats, which make cucumbers an ideal option for the dogs.
Grapes must by no means be fed them to their pets as they cause detrimental effects to their blood cells and may lead to their difficulty in breathing.
Beans are full of fiber and low in calories making them a good source of essential vitamins and minerals for dogs. They should be boiled and chopped but one must refrain from adding salt to it.
Cherries do not really go down well with dogs as they cause detrimental effects to their blood cells and may lead to their difficulty in breathing.
Brussels Sprouts, for humans as well as for dogs, should not be consumed as they can cause acute kidney failure for every kind of dog.