Fruit & Veges That Help with Your Dog's Digestive System
As humans, we all know how important fruits and vegetables are for our health as they contain an abundant amount of minerals, vitamins, and fibres with low-calorie content. This can be said for our pets where all we want is what’s best for their health. Dogs are omnivores which means they can eat meat and plant-based food and having a good balance between the two can greatly benefit your dog’s health and wellbeing.
What they put in also reflects what they put out. Articles have mentioned that the larger the dog poop, the less food is being digested. That’s why some commercial kibbles cause big stinky piles; they are mostly indigestible filler. Having a good balanced meal that includes fruit and veges for your pup can give them more energy and a healthier, longer life.
We’ve put together a list of fruits and vegetables your pet can safely enjoy and make it easier on their digestive system.
Apples are a great source of Vitamins A & C, and packed full of fibre to keep your dog’s digestive system working effectively. They are incredibly beneficial for canine's health because they contain a high number of antioxidants.
Carrots are high in vitamins and fibre, and their fibrous nature can brush away tartar, making them good for your dog’s teeth! Carrots are a rich source of beta carotene that is converted to vitamin A in the dog’s body. They also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help the production of collagen, blood vessels, cartilage and bone.
Fresh green beans (not canned) are chock full of iron and vitamins, making them a healthy option for your dog. It contains omega 3 fatty acids that increase energy levels and help to prevent cardiovascular disorders. Just like other fruits and veges on the list, they also contain Vitamin A & C, calcium, niacin and carotenoids making them suitable for promoting the bone health of dogs.
Oranges are rich sources of vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and calcium. Consumption of oranges by dogs prevents bone weakness, promotes respiratory and heart health, controls cholesterol levels, and decreases the risk of stomach cancer. These should be peeled, and all seeds removed before feeding to your pup to avoid choking hazards.
What fruit and veges are bad for dogs?
While there is a range of fruits and veges that are safe for your dog to consume, some varieties can also be toxic. Some of the most popular fruits and veges that you should avoid feeding your dog include garlic, onion, mushroom, avocado, and rhubarb. If you are unsure if your pet should be eating something, make sure you ask a veterinarian these questions and concerns.
Healthy dog poop
One of the best surprises you may find when you change your dog’s diet is a better dog poop. Dog poop can be a great indicator of your dog’s overall health and even prevent some health issues down the road if you know what to look for. A healthy pup can produce a healthy poop which will make it a better poop-scooping experience! If you’re out and about and a brown surprise does come out, be sure to have a compostable dog poop bag on hand!