Can Dogs Eat Vegetables?

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Can Dogs Eat Vegetables?

Dogs are omnivores, so they can eat an extensive selection of foods, not just meat.

So, the answer to this question is that dogs can actually benefit from these ingredients in their diet.

Vegetables can offer carbohydrates, minerals, and fiber to dogs.

My advice is that veggies should not make up more than 25% of your dog’s daily food intake.

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Recommended Proportions

Half of that vegetable intake should come from leafy greens.

The remaining half of the vegetables in your dog’s diet should be a blend of sweet veggies that are rich in carbohydrate.

Leafy greens are loaded with vitamins, anti-oxidants, and minerals.

Leafy Green Vegetables Sweet Vegetables
Kale Peas
Parsley Green Beans
Beet tops Yams
Wheat Grass

Veggies as Treats

Many owners offer carrots, green beans, or broccoli to dogs as treats.

Vegetables are low-calorie, so they are perfect treats for overweight dogs.

Don’t forget that treats shouldn’t make up more than 10 % of your dog’s daily diet.

What vegetables are good for dogs?

  • Asparagus
  • Cucumber
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce
  • Beet greens
  • Spinach
  • Dandelion
  • Kale
  • Wheat Grass
  • Peas
  • Pumpkin and Squash
  • Sweet potato and yams
  • Zucchini

What veggies can’t dogs eat?

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chive
  • Steer clear of avocado
  • Raw potatoes
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Wild Mushrooms
  • Green Tomatoes
  • Tomato Stalks and leaves

Can dogs eat raw vegetables?

Yes dogs can eat raw vegetables. However, for optimum absorption of nutrients from veggies, they should:

  • Be chopped into a fine pulp
  • Be lightly steamed

There are many ways to prepare vegetables for your dog:

  • Lightly steamed
  • Oven baked
  • Roasted
  • Cooked
  • Pureed
  • Dehydrated

Can dogs eat vegetable oil?

Yes, dogs can eat vegetable oil.

It’s a processed product of vegetable origin obtained by extracting the oil from seeds or fruits.

Examples of plant-based oils that are used in dog food include canola oil, soybean oil and sunflower oil.

Vegetable oil supports your dog’s coat and skin health. It’s used to add fat and flavor to a dog food.

The only problem is that sometimes it’s difficult to know this oil precise source and therefore its actual nutritional profile.

You should only offer your dog vegetables which are safe for sharing in moderation.

Dog’s digestive process is different from humans, and eating the wrong foods can lead to health problems.

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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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