The Best Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs

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The Best Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs
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Fruits and vegetables provide many health benefits to humans, like helping us fight disease, maintain a healthy weight, and lengthen our lives. But can fruits and vegetables for dogs improve their health as well? Many veterinary nutritionists say yes, especially if you feed your dog the right kinds of produce.Before giving your dog any new food -- whether it's fruits and vegetables or something else -- it's a good idea to consult with your

veterinarian

.Your vet will let you know the best way to feed your dog a new food to avoid digestive problems and nutrient imbalance.So what are the right kinds of produce, and what are

the wrong kinds? Let’s take a look.

Fruits and Vegetables For Dogs

Dogs Can Eat Carrots: Many dogs love carrots straight from the bag, and carrots placed in the freezer can make soothing and nutritious treats for teething pups

. Carrots contain immune-boosting vitamin C as well as high levels of beta-carotene.

Dogs Can Eat Apples:

Apples are an excellent source of vitamin C and pectin, a fiber that can improve your dog’s digestive health. In addition, the apple’s grainy texture will scrub your dog’s teeth while they chew (this doesn’t mean that you can stop

brushing your dog’s teeth!) If you wish to feed your dog an apple, remove the seeds first. Apple seeds contain cyanide, which can be poisonous to dogs.Dogs Can Eat Green Beans: Green beans are packed with vitamins

and nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and

omega-3 fatty acids. They are also a great source of calcium, fiber, copper, folic acid, niacin, iron, potassium, manganese, riboflavin and thiamin, and beta-carotene. Whew! You can feed your dog either fresh or frozen green beans; if you choose a frozen variety, make sure that it doesn’t contain salt, as salt is poisonous

to dogs.

Dogs Can Eat Sweet Potatoes:

Most dogs find sweet potatoes to be extremely tasty, so they can make a great addition to your dog’s dinner bowl. Slice them or dehydrate them to make a chewy treat. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of dietary fiber and they also contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, beta-carotene, and magnesium.

Some other fruits and vegetables that are safe to feed your pup include: 

Asparagus, blueberries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, lettuce, oranges, pumpkin (sugar-free; no pumpkin pie filling!), spinach, strawberries, squash, and watermelon (without seeds).

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Fruits and Vegetables to Avoid Giving Your Dog

Onions and Garlic: These vegetables -- in all forms -- can destroy red blood cells in dogs and lead to anemia

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Avocados:

Avocados contain a harmful chemical called persin that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and fluid buildup around your dog's heart. This chemical is very concentrated in the avocado pit, which could be fatal if ingested.

Grapes and Raisins:

While is not fully understood why grapes and raisins are

toxic to dogs, these fruits can be fatal even if a dog consumes only a small amount.RELATED STORY: The Most Poisonous Foods for CatsFruits with pits: Fruits with pits such as peaches, plums, apricots, and cherries can be toxic to a dog not because of the fruit, but because of the pit, which contains cyanide like apple and watermelon seeds. If you wish to feed your dog one of these fruits, remove the pit or seeds first.Do you feed your dog fruits and vegetables? Leave a comment and let us know. And if you care about keeping your pet healthy, sign up for PetPlus. PetPlus is a benefit program for pet owners that provides member-only access to medications at wholesale prices, plus discounts on food, supplies, vet visits, boarding, and more. Learn more and register at PetPlus.com

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