Your guide to puppies and vegetables

While the majority of your puppy’s nutrition needs to come from their regular diet of nutritionally balanced puppy food, you can supplement mealtimes with regular portions of vegetables or serve them as a tasty treat.

Vegetables such as small pieces of sweet potatoes, green beans, pumpkin, carrots or broccoli make tasty, healthy treats for your puppy. Not only can you use these foods as snacks, but also as positive rewards for desired behaviours.
Keep in mind, though, that treats such as vegetables really should not make up more than 5% of your puppy’s diet, to ensure that their puppy food makes up the majority of their daily nutritional needs.
Below is a pick of our favourite veggies that your pup will enjoy. Make sure you chop your vegetables nice and small to avoid choking.

Asparagus

 

Try adding some steamed asparagus tips to add variety, flavour, vitamins, and minerals to a dog’s regular meal. A new flavour or texture like asparagus is great for keeping mealtimes interesting!

Broccoli

 

Broccoli is safe for puppies 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

 

Brussels sprouts are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that are great for humans and dogs alike. However, as with broccoli do not overfeed your dog brussels sprouts as this will lead to excess wind.

Cabbage

 

Cabbage is a great source of nutrients and antioxidants for your dog, but again be sure not to overfeed as it carries the same wind warning as brussels sprouts.

Carrots

 

Eating carrots is great for a dog’s eyesight and boosts the immune system with antioxidants. They are also an excellent low-calorie snack that is high in fibre and beta-carotene, which produces vitamin A. Chewing raw, crunchy carrots can ease anxiety and helps clean your dog’s teeth.

Celery

 

In addition to vitamins A, B, and C, this crunchy green snack contains the nutrients needed to promote a healthy heart and even fight cancer. It’s also great for freshening breath!

Green beans

 

All types of green beans are safe for dogs to eat if they are plain. Green beans are full of important vitamins and minerals, are full of fibre and contain heart-healthy omega-3s.

Peas

 

Green peas, sugar snap peas and garden peas are great to feed your dog occasionally. Peas contain vitamins and minerals and are rich in protein as well as being high in fibre. You can feed your dog fresh or frozen peas, but not tinned as these contain salt.

Kale

 

Kale isn’t just a superfood for people! It boasts tons of benefits like fighting heart disease, arthritis, allergies and urinary tract problems. 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

 

Parsley is ideal for fighting bad breath. It also provides potassium for muscle and joint health and beta carotene for eyes. Use as a topper and sprinkle over your dog’s favourite bowl of delicious Claude & Clarence.

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