Your dog is one of the closest friends you have around you. It is normal sometimes to let them feed off your plate and in the process ingesting different types of food. Well, if that is what you are used to, then you probably should take more care next time. Although dogs have adapted humans’ eating habits, there are a lot of fruits and vegetables that you shouldn’t allow them to take in.
Are you interested in knowing these foods? Read on to find out! In this article, we have compiled a list of at least ten vegetables and ten fruits that can either be safe or unsafe for your dog’s health. Be sure to revisit this article in case you need more clarification before feeding your dog. Let’s get into it!
Eatable and Non-Eatable Fruits To Dogs
I love avocado and I can either eat them plain or add to other delicacies. Although it might seem like a perfect addition to your dog’s food, avocado is not ideal for your pet’s health. Persin, a toxin contained in the fruit, causes diarrhoea and vomiting in dogs.
This is one of the sweetest fruits around for humans. Fortunately, you can share them with your dog. It is an ideal treat primarily due to high amounts of nutrients which include fiber, vitamins, copper and potassium. All these are essential for the growth of your pet. You should, however, not include it in your dog’s main diet because of the amount of sugar.
Do you love apples? Chances are you have once shared it with your dog. But is it safe? The answer is yes! Your dog can eat an apple and digest it without any significant problem. Their low proteins make them perfect for older dogs. However, before you go on and feed your dog, make sure that you remove all the seeds from the fruit.
Wondering whether blueberries are safe for your dog? Well, they are an ideal source of phytochemicals and antioxidants. The latter helps in the prevention of cell damage in both canines and humans. Therefore, blueberries can be eaten by dogs without any complications occurring. Since it is a treat, do not let the amount exceed 10%, of the regular diet. This way, you will have a healthy friend in your home.
Cantaloupe can be a great addition to your dog’s daily diet. Similar to blueberries, this fruit helps reduce the risk of cell damage. Additionally, the chemicals it contains can also prevent cancer. Is your dog struggling with eyesight? A regular treat of cantaloupe could help with that. However, do not let your dog feed on cantaloupe rind because its tough nature can cause complications.
As for cherries, it is quite complicated, but if you want a short answer, then that will be a “no.” The fleshy part is safe for your dog to eat because it does not have any harmful chemicals. The rest of the fruit, however, have cyanide, a toxin that may disrupt the transportation of oxygen across cells. As such, the red blood cells will be starved of oxygen. Usually, after consumption of cherries, your dog will show some symptoms such as red gums, breathing difficulties, and dilated gums. If this happens, make sure to visit your vet as soon as possible.
Although they may seem a perfect fit for your dog’s diet, grapes may lead to fatal health problems for your dog. A 10-pound dog may experience some of the worst effects with an in ingestion of as little as one grape. Such symptoms include kidney failure and could lead to death if not treated soon enough. Therefore, always be wary of what your dog puts in its mouth.
It is safe to feed your dog on cranberries as there are no reports of any fatal impacts. It is, however, not a favourite treat for all dogs. Some may like it fresh, while others will prefer dried cranberries. Either way, it is essential to ensure that you give your dog small amounts. Excessive use of these fruits may also become toxic.
With no fats, oils, and carbohydrates, cucumbers could be an ideal fruit for your overweight dog. They have several vitamins including B1, K, and C and minerals such as copper and potassium. Apart from these nutrients, cucumbers also ensure that your dog remains strong by boosting its energy levels. If your dog is used to chewing cucumbers, let it continue doing so as it is advantageous to its health.a
Who does not like mangoes? Nothing beats the refreshing feeling of cold mango juice, or at least in my opinion. The good thing is that they are safe for your dog to feed on, and you can occasionally add them to your dog’s diet. The coating, however, contain cyanide (though in small amounts) which could be dangerous to your dog’s wellbeing. Therefore, make sure to remove the coating before giving it to your dog. Also, mangoes are very rich in sugar hence regular consumption is not recommended.
Another set of popular fruits which everyone has at least had a taste. They are also quite safe for your dog as there are no toxins contained in them. Oranges contain huge amounts of vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. The disadvantage, however, is the strong smell of the citrus. Not all dogs are fans of such smells but if they like it, then it is a tasty treat. Remember to remove the peel as it will do no good to the dog’s digestive system.
Loaded with plenty of vitamins, peaches are one of the best treats you could give to your dog. The pit, however, has cyanide which is toxic for your pet. Nonetheless, this is something you can easily deal with as the fruit as more advantages to your dog’s health. Canned peaches have a lot of sugars which might not be ideal for your pet’s overall health.
How about pears? You may ask. Well, like most of the fruits in this list, pears are very safe for a dog’s consumption. Before you start preparing pears for your dog, please confirm its medical history. If it has been diagnosed with diabetes, it will be a good thing to forget about the fruit for your dog’s sake. However, if it is not diabetic, you can share the fruit but in small amounts since some of its parts may contain small amounts of cyanide.
Another berry in our list is raspberry and it can be eaten by any dog without any health repercussions. The advantage is that apart from being rich in fiber, vitamin C, and manganese, they do not have too much calories and sugars. As such, they are ideal for aging dogs since they can also help nourish the aging joints. Again, ensure that you moderate the amount of raspberries taken in by your dog for health safety purposes.
Strawberries are safe for consumption but should be eaten in small amounts because of high levels of sugar. The most unique property of these fruits is the enzyme that helps whiten the teeth.
Although it is one of the most consumed fruits by humans, tomatoes should not be given to dogs. Except for a completely ripe tomato, the green areas have solanine which is quite toxic for your pet. We recommend that you do not risk feeding them with this fruit as you wouldn’t want to deal with whatever issues that may arise.
I bet you have tried this fruit before, whether you like it or not is a different thing. Dogs can also have a taste of this fruit without necessarily experiencing any complications. Ensure that you give them the flesh alone as the outer coat may be a risk to the digestive system.
Edible and Non-Edible Vegetables For Dogs
Let us kick off this list with a popular green vegetable. Spinach is safe for your dog, and you can include it in their daily food. However, the high amounts of oxalic acid make excessive use of this vegetable quite dangerous. The issues that may arise after this include kidney failure, which result from the body’s inability to absorb calcium. But if you consider all these effects while preparing spinach for your dog, it might be one of the best vegetable options.
All types of peas ranging from English peas to green peas are safe for your dog. Like most of the fruits and vegetables in this list, moderation is significant. Although it is rich is several minerals, vitamins, and protein, overconsumption can be disastrous. Also, try to avoid canned peas and opt for either fresh or frozen ones.
Avoid onions as much as possible for the sake of your pet’s wellbeing. They contain Allium toxin, which is very dangerous and can be fatal to your dog. Some of the repercussions that come with eating onions include rupturing of red blood cells, diarrhoea, vomiting. Therefore, it is vital that you keep your dogs away from this vegetable; otherwise, it could be disastrous.
Another vegetable to be avoided is the asparagus. Your dog can safely eat this vegetable, but some things make them risky. It is quite tough when raw and should be cooked for it to soften. However, cooked asparagus does not provide quite enough benefits to your dog. Therefore, instead of too much hustle, we recommend that you consider other vegetables that we have included in our list.
Broccoli is one of the most popular vegetable added in typical delicacies. As you enjoy your lunch or dinner, have you ever thought whether it is safe to welcome your dog? Well, the answer is yes, dogs can eat broccoli without any problems. It is, however, best if it comes as an occasional treat rather than a daily diet. Broccoli contains vitamin C and fibre; it is also low in fat. You may also want to skip the stalks as they have been known to be one of the causes of obstruction in the oesophagus.
The most important properties of brussels sprouts include the antioxidants. These are useful in fighting and preventing infections, and the nutrients contained in these vegetables help support the course. However, too much of brussels sprouts could end up causing discomfort to your dog’s abdominal area due to gases. If you opt for cabbages, then the advantages and disadvantages are quite similar.
If you have a rabbit as your pet, then you must have noticed that carrots are their favourite vegetables. But what about your dogs? Can they also eat carrots? Yes, they can boost their health substantially. Carrots are best known for their vitamin A and significant role in eyesight improvement. Most dogs like eating them because of the crunching feel which is not only fun but also exercises the teeth.
If you are looking for an all in one veggie with vitamins A, B, and C, then celery is your best option. It is safe for your dog, and apart from the vitamins, it also improves the health of your pet’s heart as well as fight cancerous cells. They can also improve the breath of your dog, which is crucial to its hygiene.
Looking for other veggies that can be eaten by dogs? Try green beans which contain all sorts of nutrients necessary for the growth of your puppy. Celery also has minimal amounts of calories, which makes it also ideal for older dogs. Apart from this, another advantage is that it can be served while steamed, raw, chopped, or even canned.
Are you a fan of mushrooms? Well, regardless of your thoughts on these veggies, you should not let your dog feed on them. There are many species of mushrooms, and nearly all of them are toxic to your dog. They may lead to fatal conditions or even – in rare situations – to death.