Safe Fruits & Veggies for Your Dog

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Safe Fruits & Veggies for Your Dog

Cantaloupe is rich in vitamins including A, B6, and C and is a good source fiber, folate, niacin, potassium and magnesium. It also contains beta-carotene which helps eyesight and reduces the risk of cancer and prevents cell damage. A small slice of cantaloupe cut into segments is enough for your dog.

Apples are a powerful antioxidant rich in potassium and vitamin C. Peanut butter spread on an apple slice creates an irresistible healthy treat for your dog. Apples should be ripe and soft rather than hard and green. Dogs should not eat the seeds or core of the apple.

Blueberries are loaded with healthy antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins. They also contain tannins which help prevent urinary tract infections. You can add blueberries when making their cookies or biscuits. Frozen blueberries added to your dog’s water bowl make a cool summer treat.

Peas are becoming a very popular treat for dogs. They can be added frozen or thawed right into your dog’s food dish. They are a good source of vitamin B, Thiamin, phosphorous, and potassium.

Green Beans are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and thiamin, as well as beta carotene. An excellent veggie for us too!

Carrots are good for bunnies and dogs too! They’re an excellent source of beta carotene, vitamins A, C, K, potassium and fiber. Carrots are good for their skin, and eyesight. They are a healthy crunchy treat that can help keep their teeth clean. A quick way to add carrots to your dog’s diet is by topping their dog food with some grated or steamed carrots.

Note: Treats are a supplement to a balanced diet and shouldn’t make up more than 25 percent of a dog’s diet. The foods should be cut into small pieces and given in small amounts. Introduce one new food slowly to your dog over a period of time. If your dog shows any digestive or behavioral changes, stop the new food. Consult with your vet if your pet doesn’t improve.