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12 vegetables and fruits that dogs love to eat

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 Fruit and vegetable snacks are not only healthy for humans, but also for dogs. Consuming vegetables and fruit have the same benefits for dogs as it does for humans (extra vitamins and minerals!). However, dogs have a different digestive system than ours, so not all fruits and vegetables are good for them. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of foods your canine companions will love.

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As with everything, moderation is the key. In the case of fruit, your dog will end up with an upset stomach or diarrhea after eating too much. Fruits also contain natural sugars. It is therefore advisable to give them to your dog sparingly in order to avoid problems with teeth, weight, and blood sugar. And remember, you can always consult your vet or veterinary nutritionist if you are unsure of how much to give your dog.

Here are the vegetables or fruits that the dog likes to eat:

1. Apples

Apples are a good source of fiber, as are vitamins A and C. They also help keep a dog's teeth healthy, as the apple helps clean up the residue. Remember to always remove the pit and seeds, as they can pose a choking hazard and, more importantly, the seeds contain cyanide, which is poisonous. Note: Most fruit seeds contain cyanide and should be avoided.

2. Watermelon

Watermelon is high in beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin C, all of which are good for your dog's immune system. Watermelon is also rich in water, making it a hot-weather delight.

3. Bananas

Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin C. Potassium helps regulate the functioning of enzymes, maintain the health of nerves and muscles, and regulate water balance in the body.

But don't overdo it on your dog as he could end up consuming potentially dangerous levels of potassium and carbohydrates. One inch of banana offered daily is fine for most medium to large dogs.

4. Spinach

Spinach is not only high in iron, but it also contains calcium, which is great for healthy bones. Spinach also contains anti-inflammatory/anticancer properties thanks to flavonoids and carotenoids.

5. Carrots

Carrots are a crunchy treat for dogs who naturally clean and polish their teeth. They contain beta-carotene, which helps keep a dog's coat healthy. Beta-carotene is also a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against cancer and aging.

6. Blueberries

Blueberries are increasingly popular in commercial dog food. Blueberries offer the same health benefits for dogs and owners, but it's best not to give your dog too much.

7. Parsley

Does your dog have bad breath? Parsley can help with that. The next time you feed your dog, add chopped parsley or add it to your favorite treat recipe. Parsley is also a source of calcium, potassium, and beta-carotene.

8. Green beans

Green beans are a great low-calorie snack for dogs, especially those who need to lose weight. They are nutritious and are also a good source of fiber!

9. Peas

Peas are great for vitamin B, potassium, and thiamine. Try them frozen and raw or sprinkled for your dog's dinner.

10. Pears

Pears are a sweet, juicy treat that's high in fiber. Just like with apples, their seeds and pit must be removed.

11. Sweet potatoes

Baked, boiled, or dehydrated, sweet potatoes are a common staple in many store-bought dog foods and treats. It’s their high amounts of amino acids and vitamins, and an excellent amount of dietary fiber that makes them so popular. Not only are they a great ingredient to include in baked goodies, but they're also great in porridge and dehydrated.

12. Pumpkin

Cooked pumpkin is a great source of fiber and beta-carotene for your dog. It also helps a dog's gut and gastrointestinal tract stay healthy. Not only does it help fight diarrhea, but also constipation. So adding a spoonful of canned pumpkin to a dog's meals or adding it to a dog biscuit recipe will help your dog stay "regular" with their potty breaks.

Of course, there are plenty of other fruits and vegetables that dogs love to eat. So don't hesitate to experiment with other foods, but make sure they aren't harmful or toxic first!

Check out this important list of prohibited foods for dogs and consult your veterinarian if you are in doubt!

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