Two weeks ago the Boys and I met with a holistic veterinarian. Among many things we discussed – one subject was about fresh fruits for dogs…
I was so excited to have this discussion with her because for quite some time now both Harley and Jaxson have been chomping down MORE –
- green beans
When I switched them to a species appropriate diet a few months ago, I took it a step further and eliminated many commercial “processed” cracker/cookie treats and substituted them with certain fruits and veggies.
Whether you’re looking to slim down your pet’s waistline, or just looking for healthy alternatives to commercial pet treats – many of the fruits and veggies we eat can also be given to our pets. SOURCE: Trupanion
I’ve been fascinated with their acceptance of these new foods. Fresh fruit is such a healthier alternative when it comes to snacks!
LET’S TALK FRUIT –
Apples are Jaxson’s all time favorite, and strawberries make Harley dance a little doodle jig as I slice them.
I must admit though, I have yet to try feeding them –
- apricot – full of potassium and beta-carotene which can help fight against cancer. Be sure your pet doesn’t eat the poisonous pit, stem, or leaves.
- cranberries – fights urinary tract infections in both cats and dogs. Vitamin C, fiber, and manganese make cranberries an attractive snack, provided they can handle the tartness. Raw, cooked, or dried cranberries are acceptable treats.
- orange – nutrients and Vitamin C can help their immune system and flush toxins out of the body. However, the seeds, peel, leaves, or stem of the orange contain oils that are poisonous, so make sure you only feed pets the fleshy part of the fruit.
- pear – full of vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber, and make a great snack when served in moderation. As with apples and oranges, pear seeds contain traces of cyanide and should be removed before feeding to your pet.
- raspberries – while they are low in sugar and contain lots of fiber and vitamin C. Anti-inflammatory properties make them great for older pets. HOWEVER – they do contain small amounts of Xylitol (which is a sweetner) and can be toxic for pets in large doses. With so many other fruit choices – I think I will forgo raspberries.
Be sure to wash, remove rinds, inedible seeds and pits before they consume anything.
- Avoid cherries (toxic), grapes or raisins (kidney damage) and citrus fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruits and persimmons (upset tummies).
- As with anything, I highly recommend you introduce fruits in moderation.
- Believe it or not, pets can have allergies to certain fruits. Feed small amounts and preferably one at a time.
- And don’t forget to check with your veterinarian first especially if your pup has a medical condition.
Stop by later this week to learn about “cruciferous” veggies!
I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the many veggies I never imagined dogs could eat.
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