If you are anything like me, you give your dog table scraps, let them lick the remnants of your plate clean and you call them over to eat something that was dropped when you are cooking so you don’t have to pull out the paper towels and get down on the floor.
Sometimes I stop and wonder what I am giving my dog should actually be something they are consuming. Lately when I go grocery shopping I tend to fill up my cart with more green foods than I ever used to (high five for trying to make healthy choices). This means I am bringing home an abundance of vegetables. Since they are good for me, I would automatically assume that they are all good for my four legged friend. After some research I found out that this way of thinking is definitely not right! Some vegetables are great treat alternatives or additives for your dog’s food, but some can be very dangerous for them to consume.
So which vegetables can my dog eat? The most common veggies are broken down in the list below. Remember, if you are going to feed your dog a veggie to always feed in moderation and all new foods should be discussed with your veterinarian.
One of my favorite pizza toppings and often an ingredient in party dips, artichokes are a nutritious vegetable. Perfectly OK to give your pup in small amounts, just don’t let them get ahold of the entire jar.
Asparagus has little nutritional value for your dog, so there is not much point to feeding it to them. If your dog does eat asparagus by mistake, don’t fear! The vegetable is not harmful to canines.
Like asparagus, beets won’t do much for your dog, but if you feed them no problems should occur.
Any type of bell pepper is OK for Fido. Red bell peppers contain the most nutrients, so if you are going to give them a bell pepper this is the one to go with.
Broccoli can be consumed in very small quantities. If too much broccoli is ingested dogs can develop gastric irritation due to a component within the plant.
Cooked cabbage is perfectly fine for your pup to nibble on, but raw cabbage should be given only in small amounts. Similar to broccoli, cabbage contains a compound that can give dogs gastric irritation.
These are likely to cause your dog to be a little gassy, but are perfectly ok to feed your dog as a treat here and there.
Containing fiber, potassium and vitamin A, carrots are an excellent treat alternative for your dogs. Carrots can be fed to your dog both raw and cooked. Due to their harder makeup they are great for your dog’s dental health, giving them something hard to chew on that can
Known to freshen bad dog breath, these vegetables make an excellent treat alternative.
While corn isn’t harmful to your dog, it has little to no nutritional value and has been linked to cause allergies. Many dog foods use corn as an affordable filler ingredient, if you are feeding your dog a food that contains a large amount of corn opt for a grain free option.
Cucumbers are a great treat to give your dog in moderation. They contain ingredients which promote joint health, fight cancer and lower blood pressure. Plus they are super low in calories and have been known to freshen bad doggie breath!
NEVER feed your dogs onions. These vegetables are poisonous to dogs and are one of the top human foods to avoid giving your pet (right up there with chocolate).
Peas are very high in fiber and protein and low in calories. These vegetables can be mixed into your dog’s food or used as treats on a regular basis. Known to boost energy levels, promote healthy joints, fight cancer and assist with constipation peas are an excellent addition to your pet’s diet. If your dog has kidney problems you should stay away. The vegetables contain a compound that dogs with renal issues cannot break down if your pup has no kidney issues you are in the clear!
Ok to feed your dog (if they will indulge in the pickled taste). Stay away from the pickle juice in the jar though this salty liquid is no good for your pup to drink.
Raw potatoes can be hard to digest, so you should avoid feeding them to your dog. Cooked potatoes are perfectly fine.
Radishes are known as one of the most nutritious foods out there. High in vitamin C and other nutrients and low in calories make these vegetables seem like a good choice for your dog. If your dog has eaten a bunch of these, don’t worry! Radishes are not toxic to dogs but will likely give Fluffy a tummy ache and some gas.
Raw or cooked, spinach is a food that your dog can have in moderation.
Sweet Potatoes and Yams
Many dog foods contain sweet potatoes as they are high in vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Try out some sweet potato dog treats or dry out some sweet potato slices at home for a DIY project.
If the tomato is ripe and no leaves and stems are attached feel free to have your pup enjoy! Unripened green tomatoes and tomato stems and leaves contain a substance called tomatine which can be harmful to dogs if eaten in large quantities. If you grow your own tomatoes, it is a good idea to keep the plants out of reach.
Zucchini is a type of squash that is high in potassium and vitamin C. Raw or cooked, these vegetables are ok to feed your pup in moderation.