Dog Diet: Can Your Dog Consume These 15 Vegetables [Or Not]?
Are you confused about what and what not to serve your paw-some housemate for breakfast, lunch and dinner? If yes, we have the ultimate list of diet do’s and don’ts.
A list of vegetables your dogs CAN eat
Bell Peppers are an edible vegetable for dogkind. However, if consumed in large quantities can cause stomach ache in some animals. It is a healthy choice for your pet as it contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), B, C E and K. It also has capsaicin, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and carotenoids. Caution: it is important to de-seed and then cook this veggie to soften the skin before putting it on a platter.
A vegetable that is commonly disliked by human children, Broccoli is safe for dogs, but it should only be consumed in small quantities. As it is high in fibre and vitamin C, it is also low in fat. But, dog owners must know that the floret (top part) can cause mild to severe stomach issues in dogs. So, when you introduce this vegetable in their diet, monitor their stool and overall health.
There is a good chance that your pup will like brussel sprouts just as much as you might not like it. It is full of antioxidants and nutrients for your little fluff ball. But, you should avoid cooking it with oils, spices or butter. Their consumption should also be limited as this veggie is known to cause gas.
Carrots are a go-to vegetable for more reasons than one. It is rich in beta-carotene, which leads to improved skin and coat. It has high-fiber content, which helps in solidifying the stools. It is quite low on calories and fats while being full of antioxidants. And, guess what, it can improve your dog’s vision, too!
An affordable, safe and healthy treat for dogs, Celery is a big YES when grocery shopping for your pet. Some of its benefits are: rich in vitamins A, C and K, folate, potassium and magnesium. It is also known to contain nutrients that help fight cancer, promote a healthy heart, freshen breath while supporting weight loss.
Do you want your dog to lose a few kilos? If yes, then the Cucumber vegetable is a perfect snack for him or her. Along with this benefit of having low-calories, it has potassium, copper, magnesium and biotin as well. It is ideal to feed this vegetable with loaded minerals. And, don’t forget that a healthy doggo is a happy doggo.
Yes, dogs can consume Green Beans, raw or chopped, steamed or canned. It is a safe vegetable for your furry friend. And, remember not to prepare them with oils, heards or spices. Also, this veggie has vitamins and minerals that are very healthy for your doggy.
It might be a nutritional choice of vegetable for your dog, but lettuce is edible. And, if you’re looking for something that has the “green benefits”, then you should opt for green beans, capsicum or broccoli.
A key source of vitamins A, K and B, Peas are also loaded with potassium, iron, zinc and magnesium. But, they should only be consumed by dogs in the fresh form. A can of peas can contain harmful levels of sodium for your pet.
Yes, Potatoes are a staple food for many, many people. And yes, they are okay for dogs as well. But, the consumption of this vegetable comes with its prerequisites such as feeding cooked potatoes and not raw potatoes. This iron-rich food should not be cooked with milk, butter or seasonings that can cause stomach problems.
Just like Popeye, your pet dog might also grow fond of Spinach. But, the excess of this leafy vegetable can cause potential kidney problems due to oxalic acid. So, if you want to keep your pet away from the vet, limit the consumption of this leaf .
As potatoes are safe to consume for dogs, so are Sweet Potatoes. But, be sure to cook them before you serve them as raw sweet potatoes can be rough on your good boy’s stomach. But, it has many benefits such as vitamins B-6 and C, fiber for digestion and beta-carotene to improve eyesight.
A list of vegetables your dogs CANNOT eat
The Asparagus veggie may technically not be poisonous for dogs, but it should not be a first choice as a snack either. Here’s why: If consumed raw, asparagus is difficult for dogs to chew and digest safely. And, just as it is cooked, it loses the nutritional value, which makes it a less healthy option.
A toxic and deadly vegetable for dogs, mushrooms are a no-no. And, if your doggo does consume this veggie, be sure to contact your vet.
Although onions are a key ingredient in most dishes, they should never enter a dog's mouth. Just as leeks and chives, this vegetable is also poisonous for dogs. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and other problems.