It’s summer and produce is readily available! Vegetables make great treats for your dog! As your local Lansdale pet sitter, I am often asked about what lower calorie treats I can recommend for my clients’ dogs. Vegetables have fewer calories and often much healthier choices than store bought treats. Unlike most store treats, vegetables don’t contain any kind of preservatives! Vegetables also contain antioxidants which can reduce cancer risk. Vegetables are also loaded with vitamins and fiber!
My dog loves all raw vegetables but I think her favorite are carrots. Remember, carrots are high in sugar though!
Some great veggie choices are:
- Cucumbers, celery, carrots, green beans, spinach and cabbage.
- Cauliflower and broccoli also are good choices but they are harder to digest.
You could cook /steam them first or feed them raw. Steaming vegetables keeps most of the healthy vitamins in them but makes them more easily digestible for dogs!
Never give your pet:
Garlic, onions, mushrooms or rhubarb. These vegetables are toxic for pets. Even tomatoes and avocados may not be good to give to your dog. Corn often causes allergic reactions in pets. Potatoes should also probably be avoided because they can make your dog gain weight.
Caution: Any new food can cause stomach / intestinal problems, such as diarrhea, vomiting or gas. Only add one new vegetable at a time so that you can evaluate any changes.
~ Written by guest blogger and our pet sitting genius, Mary Ann!