While many human foods can be completely safe for dogs to eat, there can also be human foods that are dangerous for dogs. As it’s National Pet Month, we thought we’d outline all of our favourite fruit and veggies that are perfectly safe for our furry friend’s nutrition. Read on for the 5 best dog-friendly fruit and veggies recommended by us here at V8 Juice!
Broccoli is great as the stalks provide a great nutritional value to boost immunity and can help fight inflammation within the body. Chewing on broccoli can also act as a natural, plaque-fighting food for our pets’ teeth. Although, one thing to remember before giving your dog broccoli is to remember too much can cause gas. Remember not to give your dog too much broccoli, or you might regret it a few hours later!
Another veggie great for the canines are carrots! This succulent veggie isn’t just good for human eyesight, but dog’s eyesight too. When giving your dog carrots, if you notice any undigested pieces in their bowl, chop them into smaller pieces and serve cooked, which can encourage them to eat them.
Tip: Cut the carrots up small, or this can become a choking hazard.
3. Green Beans
If your puppy is carrying a little bit extra weight, replace some of their food with low-calorie green beans. They’re high in fibre, which can help aid digestion and bowel regulation. Alongside this, they have heart-healthy omega-3s making them extremely health beneficial for your pup!
Apples are great for dogs as they contain antioxidants, dietary fibre, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Essentially, they’re packed with vitamins and minerals perfect for dogs. Some pups will enjoy their crunchy texture (almost like a chew toy, which again, great for their teeth).
Apples are a unique treat as they can help refresh their doggy breath. With their fibrous insides, they’re a bit like an all-natural toothbrush. But be sure to wash and slice apples before serving, and remove the core and seeds, which contain trace amounts of cyanide. You can also add a bit of peanut butter if your dog is reluctant to give the fruit a try at first.
Another great, crunchy snack for your dog that’s low in calories is cucumber. Cucumber is a great source of vitamin K so provides great health benefits alongside it being a tasty treat. Good ways to serve up cucumber for your pets would be chopping it up and adding it into their meal, the additional juicy crunch will add flavour alongside providing great health benefits!
And there you have it, the top 5 fruit and veggies for your pets this National Pet Month! Alongside feeding your furry friends with nutrients, don’t forget to have your 5-a-day yourself easily with a cold refreshing class of V8 Juice.