Eating five fruits and vegetables a day is recommended for humans and we try a lot to compose our plates according to this model. But should we do the same for our doggie friends? Does your dog need to eat vegetables? And if so, which ones? In what quantity? Raw or cooked? Find the answers to all your questions in this file.
Feeding vegetables to your dog: what are the advantages?
Of course, the dog is a carnivore. However, giving it vegetables is recommended as part of a homemade diet. Indeed, if you give your doggie full kibble, no need to add vegetables, because the quality kibbles are already well balanced and healthy.
However, adding vegetables in addition to dry kibble can sometimes be useful from time to time, especially in case of temporary constipation, in case of diet to satiate the animal whose portion is reduced, or as a healthy treat. On the other hand, if you prepare your pet’s meals yourself, consider incorporating vegetables to allow him to have a complete diet and not just meat.
Why are vegetables important in your dog’s diet? First of all, you should know that they are low in calories and that they are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. In addition, they fully participate in the nutritional balance of the dog and its digestive comfort.
Give the vegetables to your dog: yes, but not just any!
As we have seen, it is possible to give your dog vegetables, but not just any vegetables. It is also necessary to properly dose them to avoid any risk. Indeed, a dog does not have the same needs as us and too much fiber can be detrimental to his health. Do not hesitate to ask your veterinarian for advice on whether the addition of vegetables is necessary in your dog’s diet and in what proportions.
Here are the vegetables you can safely feed your pet:
The carrot is rich in antioxidants, it helps to reduce cholesterol and it contributes to the beauty of the skin and the coat of the dog. It is also known to reduce visual disturbances.
You can feed 25 to 100 g of carrots per 10 kg of dog, each day. They must be well cooked, in pieces or mixed to be better digested. You can also give your dog a raw carrot as a treat, if he can handle it.
The cucumber can be fed raw in pieces or mixed to the dog. Rich in water, it is a fresh vegetable perfect to serve as a moisturizing and satiating treat. In addition, it contains vitamins and potassium.
You can feed 25 to 200 g of cucumber per 10 kg of dog, each day.
Zucchini is rich in vitamin C and potassium and is good for the health of the dog. Easy to digest, it is composed of a lot of water and few calories, which makes it satiating in reasonable quantities.
You can give 25 to 200 g of zucchini per 10 kg of dog, each day.
Well-cooked green beans are high in vitamins and fiber. In addition, they contain a lot of water and are very filling. On the other hand, never feed them raw to your dog, as they are indigestible and poisonous in this case.
You can give 25 to 100 g of green beans per 10 kg of dog, each day.
This type of salad is excellent for the dog. Rich in vitamins, fiber, omega 3 and water, it is easy to digest, satisfying and popular with doggies. On the other hand, it must be served cooked and mixed or in soup.
You can give 25 to 50 g of lamb’s lettuce per 10 kg of dog, each day.
Sweet potato is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. It can be given in pieces, mashed or in soup, but always well cooked. It has the advantage of being very digestible and low in calories.
You can feed 25 to 50 g of sweet potato per 10 kg of dog, each day.
Pumpkin is rich in water, fiber, zinc, iron, vitamin A, and potassium. Very digestible, it is filling and pleasant. In addition, it contains beta-carotene, which promotes the beauty of the animal’s coat.
You can feed 25 to 200 g of pumpkin per 10 kg of dog, each day.
Whatever vegetable you choose, it is always recommended to cook it. Indeed, some vegetables cannot be eaten raw and are therefore toxic. As for the others, which can sometimes be eaten raw, they are made more digestible by cooking.
Vegetables that are recommended to be given in limited quantities
Other vegetables can be given to the dog, but it is important to offer them in limited and reasonable quantities, and always cooked. Indeed, they can be a source of digestive disorders if they are given raw, in too large a quantity or too often, or even cause diarrhea, gas and bloating.
- The radish
- Jerusalem artichoke
Spinach is special because it is a good source of vitamins and a digestible vegetable. On the other hand, they are toxic in dogs which suffer from kidney and liver problems. So be vigilant!
We avoid prohibited vegetables at all costs!
Certain vegetables are strictly prohibited for dogs due to their toxicity. Never give these to your pet, whether raw or cooked, fresh or dehydrated:
- The leek