Why don’t you spice up your dog’s taste buds once in a while with some juicy, tasty fruit and vegetables.

The added bonus is that not only do they taste good, but these fruits and veggies are packed with important nutrients as well.
Don’t forget that much of the mass produced dog food is highly processed grained-based with synthetic nutrients that do not have the minerals and vitamins required to keep your dog in good health.

You and I eat fruit and veg because we know it’s necessary for our continued good health and the same is true for our dogs.

Also the antioxidants can help reduce the risk of cancers.

Some fruits and veggies are not good for your dog, so here is a list of 10 that you can happily feed them and should feed them, in their meals or as treats.

puppy eating a carrot

1. Carrots

We grow up with our parents telling us to eat our carrots because they are good for our eyes. Well the same can be said for your dog’s eyes.

They are also a rich source of beta carotene, this is a nutrient that can be turned into Vitamin A.

Carrots are also a good source of Vitamin C, a nutrient that helps to produce collagen in muscle, cartilage and bones, making it easier for the body to absorb iron.

The carrot really is a powerhouse of a vegetable, because not only does it contain Vitamin A and C but it’s also a source of Vitamins D,E and K.

Plus magnesium, iron, riboflavin, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and sodium, all important vitamins and nutrients.
green broccoli on wood table

2.Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the most nutrient dense foods. It is dense in vitamin C, beta carotene, folic acid, calcium and fiber.

It is also a good source of chromium. Like other members of the cabbage family, broccoli has demonstrated remarkable anticancer effects.

Broccoli contains several important phytochemicals: beta carotene, indoles, and isothiocyanates and over thirty-three cancer preventative compounds.

Research suggests that phytochemicals prevent carcinogens from forming, stop carcinogens from getting to target cells and boost enzymes that detoxify carcinogens.

Broccoli is also a low glycemic vegetable and that’s good because it will not increase blood glucose levels.

Just a slight word of caution, even though this is a great veg to feed to your dog, don’t overdo it, large amounts can reduce the thyroid function. (The barf diet)dachshund eating some applesource Tony Alter @flickr

3. Apples

Apples with the peel left on are best, because they are high in non-pro-vitamin A carotenes and pectin.

Pectin is a type of fiber that is quite amazing and is known to have some pretty beneficial effects.

Because it’s a gel forming fiber it can help the intestines push body waste through the gastrointestinal tract. Pectin also helps to eliminate toxins from the gut.

Apples also contain other vitamins and minerals such as, vitamin C, several B complex vitamins including B6, lots of potassium and folic acid.

De-core the apples before you feed them to your dog, they shouldn’t eat the seeds.