What vegetables can dogs eat?
Supplementing your dog’s mealtimes with fresh vegetables is a great idea and will bring a new dynamic to mealtimes! Why not swap your regular treats or snacks for healthy vegetables instead?
When you’re thinking about giving your dog a special treat at dinner time, the usual suspects probably spring to mind – chunks of red meat or perhaps the odd bit of offal. But chopped, steamed or pureed, vegetables are a great way to liven up daily meals and boost vitamins and minerals.
There are a number of vegetables that dogs can eat, and provide a fantastic source of fibre, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and phytonutrients, making them the perfect addition to any dog’s dinner. But remember, moderation is key. The amount of vegetables you give your dog should be based on a variety of factors, such as their size, activity level, and overall health.
The best vegetables for your dog:
Sweet potatoes are low in fat and rich in Vitamins A, B6, C, calcium, potassium, and iron. Sweet potatoes also provide an excellent source of dietary fibre, which helps the digestive system function more effectively.
When feeding your dog a sweet potato, make sure it’s cooked and that the skin is removed; leaving the skin on makes it harder for your dog to digest.
Broccoli is safe for dogs to eat in very small quantities and is best served as an occasional treat. Broccoli stalks boost immunity, help ward off cancer and fight arthritic inflammation as they are high in fibre and Vitamin C. Make sure to limit how much broccoli you give your dog as too much can lead to excess wind and in extreme cases severe gastric irritation.
Brussels sprouts are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that are great for humans and dogs alike. They contain vitamin K, which helps blood clot properly, builds bones, and protects the heart. Other vitamins include C, A, B1, and B6.
However, just like the effect they have on many of your guests at Christmas, too many Brussels sprouts can lead to excess wind in your pet.
Cabbage is a great source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C and fibre. It’s also naturally abundant with antioxidants, a necessary substance for a strong immune system. Antioxidants primarily protect cells from being damaged by free radicals.
But again be sure not to overfeed as it carries the same wind warning as brussels sprouts.
Carrots are an excellent snack for dogs and are a low-calorie option that they love. Chewing raw, crunchy carrots can ease anxiety and helps clean your dog’s teeth.
Carrots contain biotin, vitamin K, potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and are high in fibre. They are great for a dog’s eyesight and boost the immune system with antioxidants.
According to a study by The British Journal of Nutrition, vitamin A is essential for a dog’s well-being. It supports overall health, a good immune response, healthy reproduction, bone growth and cellular differentiation. It can also decrease the likelihood of eye infections and help keep your dog’s eyes in the best condition.
In small quantities, celery can provide some health benefits for your dog. Celery contains many essential nutrients – vitamin A is one of the most prominent. Vitamin A promotes healthy skin and a healthy coat, ensuring that your dog always looks their best.
Celery is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help decrease the inflammation around your dog’s joints. It is also a great source of fibre, which is an essential nutrient to help ensure that your dog’s digestive system is functioning as it should.
Green beans are full of important vitamins and minerals as well as being low calorie and full of fibre. They also aid digestion and bowel regulation and contain heart-healthy omega-3s. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, K and A.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps boost the immune system. While, Vitamin A aids immune health, reproduction, and healthy vision. Vitamin K helps to support strong bones and teeth.
Green beans are also a good source of minerals, especially manganese, supporting the metabolism and digestive system. It also supports bone health and promotes wound healing.
If your dog is overweight, you can try replacing up to 5%* of their regular food with low-calorie green beans.
*Please consult your vet first.
Green peas, sugar snap peas and garden peas are great to feed your dog occasionally. Peas are a good source of Vitamins A and K, as well as a number of the B vitamins. They’re packed with minerals like iron, zinc, potassium, and magnesium. They’re also rich in protein and high in fibre. Peas contain lutein, an anti-oxidant good for skin, heart, and eye health.
You can feed your dog fresh, frozen, or thawed peas, but do not give him canned peas. Like many canned vegetables, canned peas typically have a lot of added sodium, which is harmful to dogs.
Spinach is a nutrient-rich vegetable, dense in iron and magnesium and essential vitamins like A, C and E. A little bit of spinach, on occasion, can help your dog fend off cancer, inflammatory and cardiovascular issues. Spinach has also been suggested to raise energy levels and immunity.
Kale isn’t just a superfood for people, dogs can benefit from its superpowers as well! It’s packed full of vitamins like K, C and A and iron that will support your dog with bone and muscle health, vision, immune function and a healthy metabolism – it can also aid digestion.
Be careful not to overfeed as just like cabbage this can lead to excess wind and bloating. Adding small amounts of chopped raw or steamed kale to your dog’s meal can boost its health value.
Parsley is rich in a variety of important vitamins and minerals for your pet. It’s a natural source of Vitamin C, A, and K. As an added bonus it’s also ideal for fighting bad breath
Parsley is one of the best natural sources of Vitamin K you can give to your pet. Vitamin K helps maintain a healthy blood clotting system and promotes liver health. Vitamin C helps to provide immune support, while Vitamin A is important for the development of your pet’s vision and immune health.
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