To Veg or Not to Veg
Many veterinarians will say that it is unnecessary to feed fruits and vegetables to your dog. They may recommend commercially produced dog food which is supposedly complete nutrition for your dog. As we have discussed in this article, commercial pet food is more commercial than food. Just as with humans, fruits and vegetables are a healthy part of an omnivore dog’s diet. If you feed your dog a raw or ancestral diet, fruits and vegetables will be a perfect nutritional addition.
Below is a gallery which is a starting point as a list of fruits and vegetables that are healthy for your dog. Introduce them slowly and in a way which is easy for your pooch to consume. Slices or chunks may be fine with some items. A food-processed, “pre-digested” or cooked state might work better for others. Sounds weird but pre-chewing your dog’s vegetables may be helpful with some produce, if you serve it raw.
Small amounts are always a good idea, so you don’t disrupt your dog’s digestive system.
Click the arrows to scroll through the produce aisle.
There are some fruits and vegetables which are to be avoided as well.
- Onions – toxic
- Chives – toxic
- Grapes, raisins – toxic
- Avocado – mild stomach upset may occur
- Nightshade family (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant) – sensitivities can be an issue
Up To 25% Fruits and Vegetables
From balancing pH levels to providing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in a way which is natural and effective for omnivores, fruits and veggies offer life-giving and disease busting benefits for your dog. Don’t be shy to carefully introduce them as a part of their everyday nutrition, up to about 25% of their diet.