Dog-Friendly Fruit and Veg

dog friendly fruit and veg
Some dogs love nothing more than trying to get their cheeky little paws on some extra tasty treats. But not all human food is safe for dogs to eat. I’m sure we’ve all heard why chocolate is bad for dogs, and so we try to tempt them with some healthier options such as fruit and veg.
However, an apple a day won’t necessarily keep the doctor away when it comes to our four-legged friends. Not all fruit and veg are safe for dogs to eat.
Let’s explore which fruit and vegetable options you should avoid.

Fruit and Veg Your Dog Should Avoid

  • Alcohol – not only does it cause intoxication, but it can lead to sickness, diarrhoea and even central nervous system damage,
  • Avocado – it’s not just down to the stone in the middle. The flesh can cause a very upset stomach and its leaves, fruit and seed and can cause vomiting and diarrhoea,
  • Cherries – the pits and stones can contain cyanide which is toxic to dogs,
  • Corn on the cob – the corn can be digested without issue, but the cob can get stuck and cause blockages,
  • Garlic, onion, leeks, rhubarb and chives – are all toxic to dogs and can cause gastrointestinal irritation,
  • Grapes and raisins – can be very toxic to dogs and, in some cases, may cause severe liver damage and kidney failure,
  • Grapefruit, lemon and lime – are all very acidic and can cause an upset stomach,
  • Macadamia nuts – contain a toxin that can affect your dog’s muscles and nervous system leading to weakness, swollen limbs and panting,
  • Mushrooms – certain types can be toxic, so we recommend steering clear altogether,
  • Plums – the stone and pit can cause blockages if consumed,
  • Raw potatoes and potato plants – can be toxic when they are raw, and the leaves and plants can also be dangerous,
  • Unripe tomatoes and tomato plants – while the ripe red flesh is safe, the green parts can be toxic, so it is best to be avoided.

If consumed, even small amounts of these fruits and veg can be fatal, so you should always act immediately and take your dog to the vets for prompt medical attention.

Safe and Dog Friendly Fruit and Veg Treats

It’s time for the sweeter things in life. These are our top pics of fruit and veg that should be safe for your dogs to eat.

Do bear in mind, though, that most fruits have more sugar in them, so they should only be given as an occasional treat. Keep the sizes small to avoid choking. Keep vegetables raw or boiled/steamed with no extra oils, butter, or flavourings. The fruit should be plain with no sugar or chocolate coatings.

Fruit and veg should not replace their regular diet. As with any treat, remember to reduce your dog’s food intake on that day to account for the extra calories from these yummy, healthy dog-friendly treats.

  • Apples – remove the core and the seeds before serving, they are a good source of vitamin A and C, fibre as well as being low in protein and fat, they can also be ideal for older dogs,
  • Bananas – should only be given in minimal amounts as they are high in sugar – contains essential vitamins and nutrients,
  • Blueberries – they are rich in antioxidants, which prevent cell damage,
  • Broccoli – good in small amounts and can be served raw or steamed – they are a good source of fibre and vitamin C as well as being low in fat,
  • Brussel sprouts – serve plain, fresh, and cooked sprouts – very beneficial to overweight or diabetic dogs,
  • Carrots – dogs love them raw but can also be served steamed or boiled – they are a good source of fibre and vitamin A as well as being beneficial for teeth,
  • Cranberries – some dogs might not like the taste, but they’re safe – they can boost your dog’s immune system and improve bladder health,
  • Green beans – serve steamed, boiled or raw – they are a good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals as well as being low in calories,
  • Mango – remove the hard stone and skin before serving and only feed them mango in moderation – full of healthy vitamins,
  • Nectarine – remember to remove the stone or pit before giving to your dog – they are rich in vitamins A and C, magnesium, potassium, and fibre,
  • Orange – some dogs don’t like the taste as with cranberries, but they are safe. Just remove the skin and any seeds first – they are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and fibre,
dog eating fruit
  • Peach – you must remove the stone or pit first, and the flesh should be served in small, cut-up pieces,
  • Pears – remove the seeds, core and pit before serving to your dog – they’re high in copper, vitamins C and K, and fibre.
  • Peas – sugar snap, snow, mangetout and garden or English peas are all OK for dogs, as are frozen peas as they have several vitamins, minerals, and are rich in protein and high in fibre, but it is best to avoid tinned peas as they contain added sodium,
  • Pineapple – remove the skin before serving and only give your dog the pineapple flesh – they are great for hydration as well as nutrients that support your dog’s overall health,
  • Strawberries – they are very sugary so should only be served in small amounts – full of fibre and vitamin C as well as an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth as they eat them,
  • Sweet potatoes and potatoes – can be given plain, boiled or streamed (do not serve raw),
  • Sweetcorn – freshly cooked plain corn can be given to dogs but must be removed from the cob beforehand,
  • Watermelon – remove the rind and the seeds first – they are a good source of vitamin A, B6 and C and provide potassium and hydrate your dog on a hot summer’s day.

A Healthy Balanced Diet

And there we have it, a comprehensive and delicious selection of fruit and vegetables that are dog-friendly and packed with additional benefits. They are a great addition to your canine’s diet, but only in moderation and alongside their regular food.

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