List of Fruits & Vegetables Dogs Can Eat

by Ledan Seja, Demand Media
    A doggie salad may be a highly appreciated treat.

    A doggie salad may be a highly appreciated treat.

    Despite the belief that dogs are strictly carnivorous, they're actually omnivores that eat a wide variety of plant material -- even in the wild. Like humans, dogs require the nutrients found in a host of vegetables and fruits; however, a few fruits and veggies are poisonous to your pooch.

    Greens

    Dark green vegetables are highly nutritious to both humans and dogs. Broccoli, for example, is a great source of vitamin C, folic acid, beta carotene and calcium. Other members of the cabbage family are also highly nutritious for your pooch. Spinach is a powerhouse for iron, as well as supplying calcium, potassium and various antioxidants. Green beans and peas are also a pooch favorite; consider using longer, frozen green beans as a nutritious treat that also gives your dog the satisfaction of crunchiness and chewing.

    Adding Color

    Some colorful vegetables are also a pooch favorite as far as taste and nutritional value. Carrots add sweetness to your dog's meal while providing beta-carotene and other important nutrients. They are high in sugar, though, so feed sparingly. Sweet potatoes are another favorite; many commercially available treats are now using sweet potato as a primary ingredient. Bell peppers, particularly red ones, provide beta carotene and fiber, as well as other nutrients and antioxidants.

    Fruits

    Fruits are simple sugars: the energy foods of the natural world. Just like with people, fruits can give a flow of energy to your body while being sweet and enjoyable. More so than vegetables, however, fruits are considered more toxic to your dog. In many cases, it is simply the seeds, pits or stems that are poisonous. Give your dog a sliced apple with the skin attached and seeds removed as a healthy treat; or even some tomato if your pooch will eat it.

    Poisonous Fruits and Veggies

    Unfortunately, feeding your pooch healthy fruits and vegetables isn't as simple as giving it what you would eat. Some may cause severe illness or even death. Apple seeds, apricot pits, cherry pits and peach pits are all toxic to dogs, although the fruit is OK. Avocado and onions are particularly dangerous; raisins and grapes can cause severe problems in your pooch.

    About the Author

    With a strong background in pets, gardening, landscapes, pests and natural ecosystems, Ledan Seja has been sharing her knowledge through writing since 2009 and has served as an expert writer in these fields. Real estate -- primarily commercial spaces and neighborhood trends -- has also been a main focus in her writing with her work appearing on 42Floors.com and more.

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