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Fruits and Vegetables Your Dog Can Eat

Updated by Amy Granger on Jun 4, 2021

Sitting on your dining table with fruit in your hand, you may wonder whether to share it with your dog or not. It is every home's debate, and every dog owner needs to know what kind of fruits or vegetables are suitable for their beloved furry friend and what is not.

Don't worry! I have made this essay for you. This article will show you what fruits and vegetables are good for your dog and why?

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Well, there is a long debate in which some vets are agreed and others are against giving your pets fruits and vegetables. To make the idea clear, I'd like to show you some facts that could hope to change your mind about not giving your pet fruits and vegetables.

Dogs are not pure carnivores or herbivores, as they fall between these two categories. During the evolution process, wolves, dogs and other canines have eaten vegetables for several years. Dogs eat dry foods but need enough water for hydration. Meanwhile, vegetables are an excellent source of water, lettuce, broccoli, and other vegetables have up to 85% water content.

Fruits and vegetables are full of nutrients, vitamins, water, phytonutrients, minerals and antioxidants, and these could bring more health to your dogs. Another element that needs to absorb is Enzymes. Enzymes are essential for the digestion of food. Vegetables such as tomatoes, spinach and asparagus are rich in enzymes that help to boost the digestion process and make enough food for absorption in the body.

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Your dog requires a balanced diet comprising of all essential nutrients. At the same time, a balanced diet must have the following basic components.

Energy Components Non-Energy Components
Carbohydrates Mineral
Proteins Vitamins
Fats Dietary fibers
  Water

Carbohydrates are the primary energy source and the only nutrient that the brain needs for its functioning. At the same time, proteins play their role in building and repairing the body. Fats also play their essential role in the body, providing essential fatty acids.

In addition, a dog's body needs vitamins and minerals to regulate metabolism and maintain growth and development. Dietary fibers exist in vegetables and are the non-digestible element that could help to regulate intestinal functions.

Fruits and vegetables are essential to complete the nutritional components of the diet. Precisely, there is a list of fruits and vegetables in which some are good for dogs, and some are not. First, I will tell you those which are suitable for your furry friend.

Lists of foods

  • Apples: Apples are rich in Vitamin A and C, and they also contain fibers. Apples can be a perfect snack for dogs as they have fewer proteins and fats.
  • Bananas: Bananas have high sugar content. Their overall calories are low. Therefore, they can serve as treats for your dogs.
  • Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe is having high sugar contents, water and fiber. Because of its high sugar contents, you should avoid offering it to diabetic dogs.
  • Cranberries: Cranberries and dried cranberries are both suitable for your dogs. However, the amount should be considered while feeding your dog cranberries, or it will upset the stomach if they are eating too much.
  • Cucumbers: Cucumbers are suitable for overweight dogs as they contain a few carbohydrates.
  • Mango: Mango is a good choice for a treat as it contains Vitamin A, E, C and B6.
  • Oranges: Oranges are a rich source of Vitamin C though your dog may not prefer eating them. However, they are acceptable for your dog, you can feed a few to them.
  • Peaches: Peach is an excellent source of Vitamin A but you should avoid its pit as it contains cyanide.
  • Pears: Pears are rich in Vitamin C, K and copper, which help to reduce the onset of stroke by 50%.
  • Pineapple: Pineapple is a rich source of fibers, minerals and vitamins which can serve your dog as a fantastic treat.
  • Strawberries: Strawberries are full of Vitamin C and fiber, contain an enzyme to clean the teeth of your furry friend.
fruits that are safe for dogs

Some fruits and vegetables are not suitable for your dogs. Because some poisonous and toxic substances can harm your dog, your dog may suffer from toxicity, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and other problems.

  • Avocado: Your dog should not eat avocado as the skin, pit, and leaves contain toxins harmful to your dog which may cause diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Cherries: You should avoid feeding your dog cherries as it contains cyanide toxic for your dog.
  • Grapes: Grapes' toxicity leads to a sudden kidney failure, therefore, your dog should not eat them.
  • Tomatoes: Ripen tomato is good, but green tomatoes and other green parts of the plant contain a toxic substance, solanine. It is bad for your dog.
  • Onions: Onions are poisonous for your dog and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and other problems.
  • Mushrooms: It is good to avoid mushrooms as only a few are good, but others are poisonous.

Q1. What grains are good for dogs?

Well, it is not the question of yes or no. Grains are overall good for your dog. Indeed, there are some low-quality grains in the market you should avoid. You should also avoid such grains which are allergic to your dog. Other than that, good quality grains are best for your dog.

Q2. Are eggs food for your dog? If yes, why?

Yes, eggs are good for your dog as they are a rich source of proteins and contain vitamin A and linoleic acid. You should avoid giving raw eggs to your dog as it can be harmful because of salmonella. A cooked egg will make it more digestible, and you won't be worried about the lost nutrient contents.

Q3. Can dogs drink milk?

Small amounts of milk are safe. So, you can feed your dog a few tablespoons of milk as a treat. Well, it is not recommended to feed your dog a whole bowl of milk at once, as it can upset the stomach, causing diarrhea and vomiting.

Q4. What happens when a dog eats chocolate?

Chocolate is toxic for dogs. Mostly, its toxicity is due to theobromine contents. Therefore, you should not let your dog eat chocolate. There are several problems associated with chocolate poisoning. As a result, it is best to avoid eating it.

Conclusion

Not everything is good, and not everything is terrible. After this long discussion, we have come to this point that some fruits and vegetables are good for your lovely furry friend, and some are not. To conclude this, I must say that fruits and vegetables are good and essential for your dog to complete the nutritional value. But you should avoid poisonous fruits and vegetables and those for which your dog is allergic.

Amy Granger
Amy is an editor from iPetor, owns a 4-year experience in writing tips and tutorial for users. As a pet owner, she will share more pets care methods and recommend more useful products for all pet owners.
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