Your dog may have the teeth (and appetite) of a carnivore, but coyotes, wolves, and other wild canines frequently eat plant material. Moderate amounts of particular fruits and veggies are healthy for your best friend and provide a welcome change from store-bought treats.
Can you grow your own dog food? You can, but take time to learn about the best plants to grow for your dog. The following information should help.
Vegetables Dogs Eat
Plants toxic to dogs are always something you want to avoid. But you probably didn’t know there are actually a number of healthy fruits and vegetables for dogs that you access, or grow, all the time. Here are some great choices to grow in your garden if you’re not already:
- Carrots: Carrots are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber without adding a lot of calories. These dog-friendly vegetables are good for your dog’s eyes and coat, and chewing raw chunks is healthy for the teeth. However, some dogs may like carrots better if they’re lightly cooked.
- Cucumbers: Cucumbers are rich in nutrients but low in carbs, making them a great treat if calories are an issue.
- Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe is a canine favorite but go easy if your pooch is a little on the chubby side.
- Blueberries: Blueberries (and other berries) are super healthy in moderation. Too many may cause an upset tummy.
- Peaches: Peaches are good for dogs in small amounts but remove the seeds first. The pits of peaches (and other stone fruits) contain a compound that breaks down into cyanide when eaten. The same goes for pears (even though they aren’t stone fruits).
- Pumpkin: Pumpkin is a high fiber treat and one of the most dog-friendly vegetables, especially if your dog struggles with constipation, diarrhea, or other tummy issues.
- Apples: Apples are low in fat and rich in nutrients. Try freezing apple chunks for a cool snack on hot summer days! Cut out the seeds and core before giving them to your pup.
- Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals but they’re best eaten in moderation due to high levels of vitamin A, which can cause bone and muscle problems.
- Tomatoes: Tomatoes are great if you want to grow your own dog food, but be sure they’re ripe. Unripe tomatoes can cause tummy aches.
- Beans: Beans provide fiber and protein, but your dog may enjoy them more if they’re combined with rice or kibble.
- Broccoli, Cabbage, and Brussels sprouts: Broccoli, cabbage, and brussels sprouts either raw, steamed, or dried, are good occasionally in small quantities. Too much can make your dog gassy.
- Parsley: Parsley isn’t typically included among vegetables dogs eat, but it’s a natural breath freshener. If your dog isn’t crazy about the flavor of parsley, snip a tiny bit and add it to their regular kibble.