Vegetables You Can SAFELY Feed Your Dog
You might not think that vegetables are something a dog needs in their diet, we’ve always been told they just need meat and or kibble.
However in a 16 year long study into the lifespan of great danes, one researcher discovered that certain Great Danes were almost doubling their lifespan, simply by making a small diet modification.
What was that modification? Adding vegetables to the dogs diet.
Research confirms that vegetables can help alkalize the body, supply a range of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, enzymes, anti-inflammatory molecules and fibre.
In this post, we list some safe vegetables you can start including in your dogs diet today.
Green beans are an absolutely fantastic way to boost the vitamin content of your dog’s diet.
Omega 3 fatty acids (a perfect brain power boost) plus vitamins A, C and K. Dark green vegetables are also full of Iron and Calcium.
Tinned green beans are also great for dogs that need to lose a little excess weight. For reasons unknown it’s only those green beans from a tin that help in the weighty area, yet added to the dog’s dinner they can have can have great results.
Carrots are naturally abrasive and perfect as a daily treat for cleaning the teeth.
They also contain beta-carotene which may have a protective effect against several types of cancer and is also great for the eyes. Carrots pack a generous dose of Vitamins A, C and K.
Carrots can feed the good bacteria in the gut, which fights disease. High in fibre too, for easy pooping, the humble carrot is an all-round crunch of doggy goodness.
Soft and sweet pumpkin is a great source of A and C, beta-carotene, calcium and zinc which helps boost eye sight and immune system, maintain a healthy heart, reduce risk of cancer and reduce allergies.
Pumpkins have more that double the amount of fibre than rice and helps with digestion. Another benefit of feeding pumpkin to dogs is the way it breaks down in the body. It can sooth irritated bowels which is great for dogs with sensitive stomach.
This is the only vegetable that will need to be lightly steamed for optimum digestion.
The others can be fed raw. Sweet potato is really good for the heart and also oxygenates the blood cells leading to better oxygen circulation within the body.
It’s also a high fibre veggie and contains hugely healthy amounts of potassium, magnesium and iron for an all-round happy and healthy hound.
A stick of raw celery is a wonderful toothbrush. Avoiding dental disease is vital in dogs because the build-up of plaque and infection can have severely detrimental effects on the life and even lifespan of your dog.
Along with being perfect dental floss for dogs celery has plentiful vitamins A, B and C and can even help the dog’s heart to stay healthy and lower blood pressure. All of the above fruits and vegetables will have a good effect on your dog’s health.
There are many more, blueberries for instance are full of healthy antioxidants whilst watermelon is refreshing and perfect clean food for a summery day.
One of the most popular vegetables these days is Kale. And it’s not so surprising that this nutritional powerhouse is also great for dogs.
Kale is a part of the Cabbage family, and is related to cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens and brussels sprouts.
Why is Kale so healthy? Because it contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals (Particularly VitaminA, Vitamin K and Vitamin C). Kale, like other leafy greens, is very high in antioxidants which helps fight off free radicals and inflammation. This includes beta-carotene, vitamin C, as well as various flavonoids and polyphenols.
Dicing up a handful of kale and mixing it in your dogs bowl could be the healthiest thing you can do to improve your dogs health and wellbeing today.
Spinach is a very safe vegetable for your dog.
Oddly enough, it’s related to beets, and quinoa. Spinach is an extremely nutrient dense vegetable, it contains a high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, calcium.
This powerhouse of nutrients are responsible for skin and immune health, normal cell function, bone health, heart and muscle health.
Sneak some of this in when your fur-kid isn’t looking and he’ll be none the wiser, but a whole lot healthier.