While there are some human foods that you should never give to your dog, as they can be very harmful and even lead to fatal consequences, there are foods that people eat that are considered to be completely safe. But we can’t actually call them human foods, as they are fruits and vegetables, and they are eaten by many animals. Some fruits and vegetables are indeed dangerous for your dog, but when it comes to the following ones, you can feel free to feed your dog with them. They are not only safe, but can provide several health benefits for your pooch. So you can share your fruit or vegetable salad with your best friend, isn’t that great? However, even with these foods, the key to your pet’s health (as well as yours) is in moderation. Read on to find out which fruits and vegetables you can safely give to your dog.
Apples are great treats for dogs. They can provide numerous health benefits for your furry friend, mainly because they contain good amounts of fiber, vitamins A and C, and potassium and flavonoids. Dogs like snacking on apples probably because they are crunchy and fun to eat, and they’re great for their teeth as well, besides being good for their overall health. Due to their rich water content, apples are great when it comes to keeping your dog hydrated. Apples also contain pectin, which besides fiber, additionally helps your dog’s digestion process. You could feed your dog apples once per week without him or her experiencing any problems. The amounts vary depending on the dog’s weight. For instance, a 10lbs dog can safely eat 4 small slice of apple (cut into small pieces), while a 70lbs dog can freely eat one whole average-sized apple. One thing you should never forget when feeding your dog apples is to remove the core and all the seeds, as they usually contain cyanide, which is very dangerous for your dog.
Dogs love apricots, and you can feel free to give them to your furry friends as they can be very healthy for them. These fruits are rich in potassium, beta-carotene as well as fiber – all of which your dog needs in order to maintain optimal health. Apricots are also very rich in water, which helps keep your dog hydrated. Giving your dog apricots once or twice per month is completely safe, and again the amount varies depending on the dog’s weight. A 10lbs dog can eat one small apricot, while a 70lb dog can eat three to four small apricots at once. Just remember, as the seeds and the pit contain cyanide, always remove them before giving apricots to your dog.
An amazing source of fiber and liquid, asparagus is a great food for humans as well as for many animals, including dogs. It is also rich in vitamins A, E, C, B1, B2 and K as well as minerals such as iron, copper, manganese, folate and potassium. Feeding your dog asparagus once a week can be very beneficial to its health. A 10lbs dog can eat 1 to 2 bite-sized pieces, while a 70lbs dog can eat up to 2 stalks (again, you should cut it into bite-sized pieces).
If you have an active dog, bananas are a great snack as they provide him or her with electrolytes, carbohydrates to increase their energy levels and potassium to maintain muscle strength. They are also rich in fiber, which helps dog improve their digestive health. If your dog is struggling with diarrhea, a half of banana will solve the problem. You can feed your dog bananas 2-3 times per week, and a 10lbs dog can eat one small slice, while a 70lbs dog can eat up to a half of one banana.
5. Bell peppers
Dogs love bell peppers, and that’s a good thing as they are packed with vitamins C, B, L and E and they contain anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Bell peppers are also rich in essential minerals, including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese beta carotene and folate. You can feed your dog with this food 2-3 times per week, but stick to 1-2 thin slices for a 10lbs dog, and up to a quarter of a cup for a 70lbs dog.
Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries are all sweet and refreshing berries packed with vitamins and antioxidants. They provide great levels of fiber, magnesium, iodine, folic acid and potassium – all important minerals. You can give berries to your dog 2-3 times per week, but make sure you don’t give him or her too much, as they’re high in natural sugars. A 10lbs dog can freely eat 1 medium berry, while a 70lbs dog can eat up to a half a cup of berries.
Pumpkins are great for dogs. They are rich in fiber, and they can help when a dog is struggling with diarrhea or an upset stomach. It’s rich in vitamins A and C, as well as potassium. A dog can eat pumpkins 2-3 times per week, but a 10lbs dog can eat 1-2 bite sized cooked pieces, while a 70lbs dog can eat up to a third of a cup.
8. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are very rich in vitamins A, B and C, as well as minerals such as copper, manganese and iron. They contain very potent antioxidants, making sure that your dog stays healthy and happy. You can feed your dog sweet potatoes daily, but be mindful about the quantities. A 10lbs dog can eat 1-2 bite sized pieces, while a 70lbs dog can eat up to a third of a cup.
Vegetables such as zucchini, winter squash, cucumbers, legumes and greens are also very healthy for your dog, if you stick to proper amounts. The same applies to fruits such as mango, melons, nectarines, papaya, pears and pineapple.