It’s time to sit down for dinner. Napkin on lap, fork in hand, here comes the first bite. And there it is- that feeling of being watched with sad, soulful, begging eyes. The dog is begging for food again.
Below, Dr. Parker, a vet with Hello Ralphie, gives a run-down of what fruits and vegetables are okay for pets, the best ways to prepare them, and what to avoid.
Can My Dog Eat the Same Fruits and Vegetables as Me?
You want to be able to share food with your pets (mealtime is family time, after all!) but know that we veterinarians frown upon table scraps. The good news is that you can feed your pet healthy fruit and vegetables! The key is knowing what kinds of vegetables are ok to eat, how to safely cook them, and how to feed in moderation.
What Are the Best Vegetables to Feed My Dog?
In general, most vegetables you will normally find around the house are fine. However, do not feed your pets onions or garlic as they pose a risk to the kidneys. Carrots are a sweet, tasty snack for dogs. Some pet parents feed canned green beans as a way to make their dog feel fuller while dieting.
Should I Let My Dog Eat Fruit?
Yes! Many dogs love bananas, melons, and even berries. Dogs should not consume grapes and raisins; those fruits are toxic to dogs.
Eating Fruits and Vegetables in Moderation
You can feed fruits and vegetables as treats, snacks, and add to a high-quality dog or cat food as a way to keep meal-time varied and interesting. It is also important to remember treats in moderation (especially with fruits that have higher fructose) as obesity increases your pet’s chance of arthritis and diabetes – just to name a few.
If you have questions about pet nutrition, it is best to consult a veterinarian to answer questions and help you choose what is best for your pet’s dietary needs.