Everything you need to know about vegetables for dogs. We always talk about “vegetables that are good for dogs”, but what are they really? Are they really good for their digestion and their health? Is a dog really cut out for eating vegetables?
8 Toxic fruits and vegetables for dogs that you should avoid.
Be careful, giving vegetables to a dog is not trivial. Many are toxic to him and can even lead to serious consequences. Among these vegetables and fruits, here are those that should absolutely be avoided:
- Potatoes and the tomatoes : registered at the Animal Poison Center of the National Veterinary School, the latter kill several dogs per year because of their very high toxicity for carnivores because of the presence of solanine. See our article on the issue: The toxicity of potatoes in dog food.
- All fruits with pits or pips can be very dangerous for your dog. Indeed the nuclei are toxic for them and can lead to serious consequences. The kernel of cherries, for example, causes an increase in heart rate and respiration as well as inflammation of the mouth. Likewise, the pits of apricots, peaches, plums, etc. and the seeds of apples, pears, etc. are poisonous and can kill the dog. Without their stones or seeds, these fruits lead to a more or less important acceleration of the transit because they are quite simply indigestible for the dog which has a digestive system of carnivore and not of omnivore, as two great specialists will explain to us at the end. of our article.
- Grapes (fresh or dry) can damage and even block the dog’s kidneys and quickly lead to the death of the animal. “Even a small amount – a single grape – can lead to acute kidney failure in cats and dogs,” says veterinarian Lloyd Keddie.
- Citrus fruits : grapefruit, orange, etc. are toxic for dogs, whose digestive system is absolutely not adapted to their digestion and causes significant fermentation. Note that some citrus fruits are even more harmful than others, such as pineapple.
- Nuts, some like nutmeg in a certain amount even causes the death of the animal, others are simply not digestible by the dog and are therefore poisonous.
- Onions, garlic, shallot and chives damage the dog’s red blood cells and can quickly lead to death. A small amount ingestion over several days is enough to call into question the dog’s vital prognosis.
- L’lawyer : causing stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis.
- The mushrooms : cause strong salivation, vomiting and damage the kidneys and liver of the dog.
These “good vegetables for dogs”, supposedly excellent for their health …
Vegetables that are good for the dog?
Few vegetables are “good” for dogs, or should I say “don’t have a big negative impact” on their health. Indeed, some dogs will tolerate them more than others, but this type of food almost always results in loose stools or chronic diarrhea, quad it is not much worse.
For example, berries, the cherries savages, as the dog might find in nature, causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (remembered associated with a lot of gurgling) and vomiting bile. It is most certainly for this reason that wolves and wild dogs do not eat them, even if some would have us believe.
Likewise, the beans, the cabbage, the carrots, the asparagus, the leeks, the broccoli, the tomato, etc., are not digested properly, They irritate the dog’s intestine and accelerate its transit, give loose stools or even chronic diarrhea. Starchy vegetables such as parsnip are less irritating but also tend to speed up the dog’s transit, as can usually also be seen with all the other starchy vegetables in grain free dog food.
Here we won’t even talk about l’aberration because some grain-free dog food even includes: chickpeas, peas, lentils, etc … Already badly or even very badly degraded by a good number of humans, I let you imagine in the dog.
In general, you should avoid giving raw vegetables to your dog, because he is unable to digest them, however, This does not mean that we must at all costs try to give it cookeds. You can imagine that in the wilderness, the wild dog does not prepare its mash or soup.
The owners want to do well and give the best to their animal, but it is not necessary to feed the dog like man, for the simple reason that we have a digestive system and an organism that functions in a totally different way. This is why ingredients that are extremely beneficial for the human species will have a very negative impact on the health of dogs.
The Myth of the dog or the wolf who eats vegetables in the wild
How to feed your dog well naturally?
Many pseudo-specialists, often serving the food industry for dogs, we will explain to you that the digestive system of dogs would have evolved over the millennia, to adapt to the diet of their human master. However, don’t ask them how their digestive system has evolved, they just won’t know how to answer you. For the good and simple reason that For millennia, domesticated dogs and wolves in the wild have always shared the exact same digestive system specific to carnivores as Professor A. Feldhamer and David Mech Wolves explain.
A. Feldhamer: zoologist, professor and enthusiast of mammals
Feldhamer, Zoologist specializing in the study of mammals and professor emeritus, explains to us in his book “Mammology: Adaptation, Diversity, and Ecology” (from page 594 in the 4th edition) that the digestion work of the dog does not start with saliva but in the stomach directly. This is why, unlike humans, there is no actual chewing, he quickly swallows food. Unlike omnivores, the dog’s stomach represents almost 67% of the total weight of the digestive system.. For information, the human stomach represents barely 10% of the total weight of his digestive system. In addition, Professor Feldhamer tells us that Dogs have highly elastic stomachs, designed to store large amounts of meat, bones, offal and skin. With regard to the stomach of dogs, its gastric juices are very acidic, reaching a pH below 1 during the digestion phase, characteristic shared by all carnivores.
Finally, dogs have a relatively short small intestine and a short, smooth, haustration-free large intestine (or colon) (bumps formed by the contraction of the circular and longitudinal muscles of the colon). The non-haustration of the colon allows food to pass through it quickly. However, plant compounds need time to settle and then ferment. Dogs do not have this time since they have the shortest small intestine and large intestine in mammals (2 to 5 meters), i.e. 3 times shorter than humans, which makes them suitable only for carnivorism. This explains why the plants come out the same way they entered since they did not have time to be digested.
As we can see, anatomically and physiologically, the dog’s digestive system cannot be other than that of a carnivore, that is to say adapted to eating large quantities of quality proteins.
David Mech Wolves: one of the greatest specialists and passionate
David Mech Wolves is considered to be the greatest specialist in wolves to date. He was able, like other of his colleagues, to acquire a great experience directly in the field by observing the life of wolves as closely as possible by attending to their daily life, even during hunts in packs. He makes the same observation as all the wolf specialists: wolves do not eat the stomach contents of their prey (except very small prey) and wolves are strict carnivores, contrary to what the industrialists and even the industrialists of the grain free dog food.
Here is what David Mech Wolves explains in his book which is neither more nor less than a compilation of 350 years of collective research, experiences and observations, immersed in the heart of the action, on the ground.
« Usually, wolves consume larger organs such as the lungs, heart, and liver. The great rumen (which is one of the stomachs major ruminants) is frequently punctured when the wolf extracts it from the carcass and its contents pour out. The plants present in the intestinal tract have no interest in wolves, but the intestinal wall and the stomach itself are consumed, while their contents will then remain next to the remains of the prey. » (chap.4 – p.123)
« In order to grow and stay alive, wolves need to ingest most of their herbivorous prey, with the exception of plants present in the digestive system. » (Chap.4 – p.124)
So, can the dog eat vegetables, or fruits?
How to feed your dog well naturally? There are no good vegetables for dogs, at best some are less harmful to their health. If you want to take care of your dog’s health, then don’t be fooled by this industrial propaganda and omnivorous dog myth, which can also be found in the fashion of grain free dog food.
To have cured a large number of dogs, digestive disorders and more or less serious pathologies, we can assure you that dogs, whatever they are, are not made to digest vegetables or fruits. It affects their digestion and health and many of us passionate breeders are seeing the same..
We do encourage you to give them a high protein diet, but in quality protein, for it is from this that they draw almost all their energy, unlike their omnivorous masters.
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These guides have already been able to help many owners to see more clearly and to make better decisions for the health of their animal. It’s your turn to make the right choices.