Top 5 Vegetables For Dogs

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Top 5 Vegetables For Dogs

Your daily dog’s diet can include approximately 20% of vegetables.

Choosing the appropriate vegetables to add to your dog’s food and the correct portion is very important.

In smaller quantities veggies can be served to dogs as whole foods, boiled or steamed and in some even raw.

Here are the TOP 5 veggies that your dog can eat:

best vegetables for dogs

1. Broccoli

It’s rich of vitamins, fiber, calcium and beta carotene.

Broccoli can help prevent cancer and maintain your dog’s blood sugar at a healthy level.

Broccoli should be safe if it makes up 10% or less of your dog’s diet.

2. Carrots

Raw carrots can help dogs keep strong teeth because of the amount of chewing involved.

They are full of fiber and antioxidants, and have a high concentration of beta-carotene.

Additionally carrots nourish the optic nerve and considerably improve vision.

3. Pumpkin

Cooked pumpkin is better for dogs than raw.

Pumpkins are rich in zinc, iron and beta carotene.

Pumpkin seeds are good for dogs too.

Ground raw pumpkin seeds will aid to eliminate some intestinal parasites, such as hookworms and tapeworms.

4. Spinach

The leafy green vegetable is full of iron, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, potassium and vitamins.

Spinach also contains flavonoids and carotenoids that have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumoral properties to benefit your dog’s health.

It’s specially good for dogs that are weak or anemic.

5. Sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are rich in amino acids and antioxidants, which are essential for elimination of free radicals that can cause cancer and other detrimental diseases.

The high fiber content of the sweet potato makes it benefit for the digestive system.

Do not forget that all changes in your dog’s food diet can cause problems, so be sure to introduce new foods slowly.

If your dog has any special dietary requirements or therapeutic recommendations, always consult your veterinarian before changing or adding new food to your dog’s diet.


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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