Fruits and vegetables are healthy for humans, so they must be healthy for dogs too, right? This isn’t necessarily the case. There are plenty of fruits and vegetables that can add nutritional value to your dog’s diet.
However, it is important to know which fruits and vegetables may be dangerous to your dog. Those precious puppy dog eyes can be hard to resist, so learn about what may make an acceptable treat for your pooch!
Acceptable Fruits and Veggies
Some fruits and vegetables that your dog can eat include:
- Celery- celery is especially helpful to freshen up dog’s breath
- Watermelon- make sure you remove the seeds and rind first to avoid possible intestine blockages
- Apple slices- remove the seeds and the core, because apple seeds naturally contain small amounts of cyanide
- Baby carrots- carrots are nutritional and good for your dog’s teeth
- Bananas- bananas can be fed in moderation, but should be used only as a treat due to their high sugar content
- Green beans- these are often used for weight management
Unacceptable Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and vegetables that might be bad for your dog include:
- Avocado- nearly every aspect of avocados are toxic for dogs
- Cherries- cherries contain cyanide
- Grapes and raisins- incredibly toxic and can cause immediate kidney failure in dogs
- Mushrooms- some varieties may be safe for dogs, but it is best to avoid them altogether
- Onions- onions damage a dog’s red blood cells and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea
You give your pet treats because you love them and want to make them happy. It is important to ensure that the treats you give them are safe to consume. If you think your dog has consumed something that will be toxic to them, contact us at Borrett Animal Hospital today!