In spite of the belief that dogs are strictly carnivorous, most of them are actually omnivores and eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. In fact, our dog loves eating fruits, but we have to take into account that a few fruits and veggies could be poisonous for our pets.
Grapes and raisins can cause kidney damage for cats and dogs, so avoid feeding these entirely. Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and grapefruit as well as persimmons can cause an upset stomach.
Also, steer clear of onions or garlic as they are toxic in all forms: cooked, raw, and even onion powder. These cause damage to the red blood cells, ultimately causing them to burst. Rhubarb and wild mushrooms also contain toxins. It is also suggested avoiding corn as it is a common allergen among pets.
Fruits that you can give to your dog:
Be sure to wash all fruits and remove rinds, inedible skins, seeds, and pits before feeding to pets.
Vegetables good enough for your pet:
- Bell peppers (red, green, yellow)
- Green beans
- Sweet potato
Consider steaming or boiling cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, as they are much easier to digest when they are cooked.
As you can see, many of the fruits and vegetables we eat can also be given as treats to our pets. Just cut up pea-sized pieces for a healthy, low-calorie snack.
Tips for feeding your pet
Introducing new foods into your pet’s diet may cause upset stomach issues such as vomiting or diarrhea. Be cautious to introduce only one new fruit or vegetable at a time to help you spot any health changes.
Pets, just like humans, have different tastes, allergies, and sensitivities to foods. It is important to pay close attention to what our pets are eating on a daily basis and it all starts at the pet food dish.
So, here are a few tips for pet feeding:
Choose a nutritionally balanced pet food and try to avoid foods with fat listed within the first four ingredients.
If you recently brought home a new pet or are switching your pet’s current food, it is important to monitor them on their new diet to make sure they don’t have any allergies or tummy aches caused by the food.
Be sure to use measuring cups or a scoop with marked measurements so that you can be consistent and ensure that you’re not overfeeding.
At your next veterinary check-up, ask your vet if your dog or cat is too thin or too fat to ensure that you are feeding the proper amount.
It’s important to generally stick to the same food, prepared the same, each day. If you decide to change foods, it should be done gradually by mixing in small amounts with your pet’s current food.
Watch the treat intake. Be sure to moderate the amount of treats given to your pet each day.
Take exercise into consideration.
Be sure to take your pet’s age into consideration when choosing a food (is it time for a senior diet?) and the size of the scoop.
Each pet has its own nutritional needs based on his individual age, breed, activity level, lifestyle, etc., so be sure to look at each pet as an individual when determining their food needs.
If your dog doesn’t want to eat its food you can mix it with clear soup, rice or fruit. In our case, first time we tried with apple and found out our dog loved it. Then, we started adding others fruits – once at a time – and we realized she also liked papaya, mango, cantaloupe and orange, among others. She also likes pineapple very much, but it causes her an upset stomach, so we avoid it.