I love feeding our dogs fresh fruits and vegetables. While they love these healthy treats not all foods are safe for them. Eating the wrong foods could lead to their death. Are you wondering what foods are safe for them? Read on for a list of foods that are safe for your dogs to eat.
I have fed our dogs mostly natural food for over 11 years. They love eating nuts, fruits and vegetables for treats. Frankly, it is so much easier. I do not have to worry about additives, artificial ingredients or gluten in their diet. (Yep, our Great Dane has the doggie version of Celiac Disease.) It is also nice not to worry about forgetting their treats when going on vacation! Oh gosh, I have the cutest story to share with you!
Maggie and Her Grocery Store Adventure
Maggie was our sweet Red Nose Pit Bull who LOVED carrots! I used them as treats when I trained her. One morning, her and I were in the city to do some shopping. She was probably two at the time. We parked in middle of the grocery store parking lot a hundred feet or so from the front doors. As I got out of the car, I dropped my purse. While I was picking the contents up, Maggie trotted off to go inside the grocery store. Yay for automatic doors — she disappeared inside.
My mind’s eye pictured Maggie standing in the middle of the butcher’s counter, devouring whatever beef the butcher had out at the time. This was going to be expensive I thought, Maggie could chew a full chicken neck twice then swallow the whole thing. Instead, I followed the stunned looks and open jaws towards produce. Sure enough, there was Maggie parked in front of the carrots! Sitting like a good little girl wagging the tip of her tail, waiting for her treat. Boy did she have a “What the heck!” look on her face as I dragged her away without the carrots. She wasn’t the only one. 😉
20 Safe Foods For Your Dog
Did you know that antioxidants are just as important in our animals’ health as they are in ours. What better way to get them than with this list of 20 safe foods to feed your dog. Be sure to scroll down for a printable version of this list. I keep a copy taped inside a cabinet door in the kitchen. 😉
- Apples are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG THE CORE OR SEEDS.
- Asparagus is packed full of minerals and fiber.
- Bananas are full of potassium but do not give them the banana peel.
- Berries including black, blue, raspberries and strawberries are full of fiber and antioxidants.
- Broccoli is as good for them as it is for us.
- Brussels sprouts are full of magnesium and potassium.
- Cantaloupe is supposed to improve eyesight and is high in fiber.
- Carrots are obviously the right treats for teaching your dogs to sit!
- Cranberries are great for balancing their acid base.
- Eggs and the shells are a great source of calcium. Your dogs’ coat will be soft and shiny.
- Green beans are full of vitamins and minerals.
- Meat that is plain and not covered in spices or salt is great for your dogs. Stay away from uncooked pork as it can give them trichinella parasites. Do not give your dog cooked chicken bones.
- Nuts should be unsalted and only feed your dog raw peanuts, cashews and hazelnuts. All other nuts are toxic to dogs.
- Pears are high in fiber.
- Potato wedges roasted with olive oil make a great treat.
- Pumpkin is good for older dogs with arthritis.
- Spinach is supposed to great for inflammatory and cardiovascular issues.
- Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins A, B-6, E and C.
- Watermelon is full of healthy vitamins and lycopene.
- Zucchini should be cooked and given in small amounts to prevent diarrhea.
Feeding our dogs fresh fruits and veggies just makes good sense. They love their treats and I know they are healthy for them. Healthy food equals healthy dogs which means fewer trips to the vet! Click here for 20 Safe Foods for Dogs printable
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