Some vegetables are better for dogs than others (and some should definitely be avoided). Some scientists still question whether dogs should eat vegetables, while others say that adding vegetables, especially in supplement form, is very good for your four-legged friend.
We’ve compiled a list of the best vegetables for dogs. This type of food can help with stomach upset, freshen breath, improve immune system and heart health, and cleanse the digestive system.
Tips for feeding vegetables to your dog:
Only feed vegetables regularly and in small amounts.
The six best vegetables to give your dog for his health:
1. Brussels sprouts:
Brussels sprouts are rich in fiber and antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation in the body and improve circulation overall. They are also full of vitamins. Brussels sprouts are good for cleaning the colon and improving digestive health, but they also cause gas in dogs. Depending on the size of the animal, offer one to three at a time. Be sure to remove hard, fuzzy stems and cut each sprout in half. Roast them before giving them to your best friend.
Carrots are a healthy snack for people and dogs and an excellent substitute for traditional dog treats. Carrots are low in calories, high in fiber and an excellent source of vitamin A and potassium. You can offer cooked carrots to your dog by adding them to his food bowl, or give him raw carrots regularly as a treat. Make sure that the carrots are cut into small pieces that the dog can easily eat so that it doesn’t choke. Frozen carrots (sliced or diced) can be good for puppies’ teeth and help soothe their gums.
3. Green beans:
Green beans are an excellent source of fiber, magnesium and vitamins A, C and K. The fiber in green beans will help your pet feel fuller longer without the need for pills or unnecessary calories. Dogs love to eat cooked or fresh (not canned) green beans as a snack or treat, added to a cold diet or as part of a home-cooked meal with other healthy ingredients.
Pumpkin is rich in fiber and does wonders for the digestive system. It is rich in fatty acids that have a positive effect on the skin and coat. Pumpkin also contains beta-carotene, antioxidants and lots of healthy minerals. Make sure to feed your dog cooked pumpkin (not raw, sweet or spicy). Simply add a tablespoon of pumpkin to your dog’s regular food. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays, then thaw and feed as needed.
Spinach: This green vegetable is packed with nutritional value for both humans and dogs. Spinach contains vitamins A, B, C and K, as well as calcium, iron, fiber, magnesium, folate and potassium. It supports the immune system, heart health, energy levels and vitality. Offer your dog cooked spinach (without butter, onion, garlic, salt or pepper) and be sure to finely chop the leaves before serving your best friend. It’s best to mix spinach into your dog’s regular bowl, rather than serving it on its own, to make it easier to chew and swallow.
6. Sweet potatoes:
Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and contain vitamins B6 and C, several beneficial minerals and beta-carotene, which is helpful against cancer and heart disease. Add a teaspoon (for small dogs) or tablespoon (for large dogs) of cooked or steamed sweet potatoes to your dog’s regular food bowl.
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