What foods can my dog eat and not eat?…All about fruits and veggies

Part of the fun of making your own dog food is experimenting with different foods to give your dog for not only their meals, but for tasty snacks to reward them with throughout the day. The only problem is, we are left constantly asking ourselves… “Can my dog eat this?” Well here are a list of foods to help you out so you don’t have to ask that question again!

Foods your dog CANNOT eat:

  • Grapes/ Raisins– Can cause renal failure in dogs.
  • Chocolate– Contains theobromine which is toxic and cannot be processed.
  • Citrus– Any kinds of citrus fruits can cause gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression.
  • Seasoned meats– Meat spices that are used to enhance flavor are toxic to dogs and loaded with preservatives (always prepare your dogs meat plan with nothing added to it) .
  • Coffee– Is toxic and can affect the central nervous system.
  • Avocados– The leaves, bark, and fruit of an avocado contains persin which is toxic to dogs.
  • Grease– Any excess fatty grease from high fat content foods can cause diarrhea and vomiting in your dog.
  • Cooked Bones– Can splinter and puncture your dogs digestive system if swallowed.
  • Macadamia Nuts– Can cause elevated heart rate, vomiting, and muscle tremors.
  • Onions– The oils in onions contain antioxidant that negatively affects hemoglobin in dogs red blood cells.

Foods your dog CAN eat:

  • Apples– Has powerful antioxidants and loads of vitamin C.
  • Strawberries– High in fiber and Antioxidants .
  • Blueberries-High in antioxidants.
  • Bananas-Rich in potassium and vitamin C.
  • Kiwis– Good source of Vitamin C and Potassium.
  • Peaches– Contains high levels of fiber and vitamin A (but don’t eat the pit!).
  • Pineapples– Good for a dog’s digestion. Pineapple also contains a protein that helps dogs digest protein.
  • Watermelon-Contains vitamin A, B-6 and C, as well as thiamin.
  • Spinach-helps fend off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues, along with cancer.
  • Zucchini– Great Source of Vitamin C and potassium and low in calorie.
  • Squash– Contains potassium and can be beneficial in reducing heart failure in dogs. Cooked or pureed squash provides added nutrients and significant amounts of vitamin A and Calcium which helps to keep a dog’s kidney’s healthy.
  • Kale– Great source of Vitamins A, C, and K as well as copper, potassium and iron.
  • Carrots– Great source of Vitamins A,C,D,E,K,B1, and B6. Also helps with eye sight and promotes a strong immune system.
  • Cantaloupe -Great source of vitamins B-6 and C, fiber, folate, niacin and potassium and also loaded with vitamin A and lots of beta carotene, which helps reduce the risk of cancer and prevents cell damage.
  • Green Beans -Contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and K . Also a good source of calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and thiamin, as well as beta carotene.
  • Pumpkin– Great source of fiber, vitamin A and anti-oxidants. and can also help alleviate diarrhea and constipation.
  • Asparagus– Contains vitamin K, A, B1, B2, C and E, along with the folate, iron, copper, fiber, manganese and potassium.
  • Brussel Sprouts– Good source of Vitamin K, G, manganese,folate, fiber, potassium, along with vitamins A, B1,and B6.
  • Mango-Conatins high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C to help lower serum cholesterol levels.  Mangoes can be used both internally and externally for the skin.  Mangoes are rich in vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight.
  • Beets-Great source of fiber.
  • Broccoli– Great source of fiber and vitamin C.

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