5 a Day Just for Us?
If you enjoy your fruit and vegetables, you might want to give your dog some to try too. The good news is that you can, because they’re also healthy for dogs too; so long as they're given in moderation. A few types are not so healthy for dogs though, so make sure you know what they can and can't eat before you introduce fruit and vegetables into their diets. Regular dog food is supplemented to ensure that dogs have all they need from their diet, but adding vegetables can be great variety as well as healthy and enjoyable! Vegetables for dogs are a great supplement to a healthy diet. Do remember, however, that treats of any kind should not make up more than 10% of your dog’s diet (even if they are healthy treats!)
How to Introduce Fruits & Vegetables to your Dog
Any dietary change should be done slowly; just like when you change your dogs biscuits this should be a gradual process rather, we should introduce fruit and vegetables slowly too. The first time you give your dog a serving of vegetables, ensure it is a small serving.
Try one Fruit or Vegetable at a Time
Rather than serving your dog a fruit salad; let your dog adapt and enjoy one type of fruit or vegetable at a time. Dogs also are a creatures of habit so they don't like too much change at one time.
Find Out the Favourites
Dogs will have favourite fruit and vegetables, just like people... brussell sprouts are either loved or hated; your dog will have his/her own taste in vegetables. You can try mixing certain vegetables with their food as this may make them more willing to accept it.
Fruit and Vegetables should be given in Moderation
Fruit and vegetables are great for dogs, but they should be part of a healthy and balanced diet, not forming more than 10% off your dog's diet.
Make Sure they are eating Fresh Fruit & Vegetables
Mouldy fruit and vegetables can be harmful to dogs so do not give your dog anything that you wouldn't eat yourself.
Safe Vegetables for Dogs
Carrots, Broccoli, Potatoes, Peas, Green beans, Spinach, Cauliflower, Kale, Parsley, Pumpkin, Brussel Sprouts, Sweet potato, Parsnips.
Unsafe Vegetables for Dogs
Onions, Leeks, Chives, Garlic, Shallots, Avoid mushrooms
Safe Fruits for Dogs
Bananas, Apple, Melon, Pineapple, Strawberries, Blueberries, Orange, Pear
Unsafe Fruits for Dogs.
Cherries, Grapes, Avocado, Tomatoes