What Vegetables Can Dogs Eat?
Giving our dogs vegetables is very good for them as long as we know what vegetables they can eat, how much and how often to give them. Remember that there are a number of very toxic foods for them that may cause diarrhoea, vomiting, allergic reactions or intolerances. Read this OneHowTo article and learn what vegetables dogs can eat to give them a different treat and allow them to benefit from their properties.
Leafy greens provide great nutritional value for both people and our pets. Therefore, it is not bad to occasionally give them a little of these foods. Thanks to their high vitamin, mineral and fibre content, they can regulate intestinal transit, encourage proper blood clotting and maintain cardiovascular health, among other benefits. But what are the best for dogs? We'll tell you below.
Spinach is one of the best greens we can give our canine friends. Thanks to its high fibre content, dog bowel movements are better regulated. Furthermore, it is composed of vitamins A, C, B, E and F, which are essential healing and energising properties. Remember to wash them before giving them to your dog, and most importantly, chop them well. This type of vegetable has the disadvantage that it can get stuck in the throat of your dog if it coughs while eating it, this will make it nauseous. It is therefore important to give it to them well chopped.
Another vegetable dogs can eat is lettuce. This vegetable like spinach, must be shredded before you feed it to your dog to prevent possible suffocation. Lettuce is a great source of iron and beta-carotene, and is a powerful antioxidant and natural painkiller. Cabbage is another permitted plant, provided it is in moderation, due to its cleansing properties and richness in vitamins.
Celery is one of the most beneficial plants for our bodies and, of course, for our dog's bodies. As with other vegetables, measure the amount and cut it before giving it to them. Another way of ingesting this vegetable is as a nutritious juice, so you can make a natural celery juice and give it to your dog first thing in the morning once a month. Do not sweeten it to enhance the flavour.
To finish off the list of leafy greens, are green beans and peas for their antioxidant, digestive, energising properties and their high content of fibre and vitamins A and C.
But leafy greens are not the only veggies we can give our dogs, because carrots are very beneficial for them too. Feed them to your dog washed, peeled and sliced. As they are a hard food, they allow your dog to strengthen its teeth and eliminate any excess of plaque. If your dog is good at chewing its food well, you can give the carrots to it in bigger pieces so it can gnaw on them.
It's recommended to feed your dog vegetables in the morning on an empty stomach so that its body can process them better and benefit from all their properties. Also remember that you should do this in moderation, as with fruit, and not do it frequently as it could cause indigestion. It is not recommended that you give your dog vegetables more than twice a month. The amount will depend on the size of the dog. One of the reasons dogs tend to eat grass is a lack of vitamins, replace this habit by giving it vegetables from time to time.
It is also important for you to know there are fruit and vegetables such as tomato or garlic that can cause your dog food poisoning.
If you have any doubts about how much to feed your dog you can read this article.
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- Remember to chop the green vegetables before giving them to your dog to prevent choking and coughing or vomit.