When it comes to feeding treats to your dog, it can be difficult to say no to those sad eyes, but knowing what fruits and vegetables are safe for dogs can help to offer healthy snacks. A little bit of peanut butter on pieces of fruits and vegetables can help to get a dog to accept them. Remember, organically grown fruits and vegetables are always recommended because pets can be very sensitive to the toxic effects of pesticide contamination.
Pieces of apple, orange and watermelon make safe treats for dogs; however all seeds, stems and leaves should be removed to prevent possible medical problems. Small amounts of banana are also fine treats for dogs.
Carrots, green beans, cucumber, zucchini, broccoli, cabbage, celery, parsley, kale, squash, asparagus and spinach are all nutritious and safe vegetables for dogs. A plain potato is fine as long as it is cooked.
Most vegetables and fruits can be served raw, but for most vegetables it is better to steam them for improving the nutritional value and making digestion easier. You can also use organic canned or frozen vegetables and fruits without salt or sugar added.
Some Unsafe Foods
There are some specific foods that are unsafe or toxic to dogs and these include salt, raw eggs, meat and fish, avocados, alcohol, beer, wine, onions, garlic, caffeine, grapes and raisins, yeast dough, dairy products, macadamia nuts, chocolate and foods sweetened with xylitol. The pits from peaches, plums and persimmons are very toxic but the fruit itself is not. In addition, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and other spices can be toxic to dogs.