7 Fruits and Veggies That Are Safe for Dogs

We’ve all been warned about chocolate, grapes, and other items not to feed our dogs, so it’s natural to be a little wary of what is and is not edible. Here are some things that can be safely served up raw, cooked, or mixed into your dog’s food.

1. Raw Bananas

It’s no secret that dogs love the combination of peanut butter and banana. That doesn’t mean they have to be cooked into treats or snacks, raw bananas are safe for canines and they’re full of potassium. If your dog has been sluggish lately, or their coat appears dull, consider adding half a banana to their diet 2 to 3 times a week. Some pups won’t like bananas by themselves, so add a little peanut butter to make it more appetizing.

2. Raw Apples

Apples are a yummy, sweet treat that are low in sugar. Plaque buildup and tartar control can sometimes be a difficult issue to tackle, especially in senior dogs. Give them a slice or two of apple daily as a natural way to “brush” their teeth. Remember, you must remove the seeds! While it’s only a small amount, apple seeds contain arsenic and can make your dog sick if ingested.

3. Carrots

Carrots are well known for their ability to boost and maintain eyesight. Canines are prone to acquiring diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma as they get older, and regular carrot consumption might help slow progression. This firm veggie is also good for dogs who struggle with loose bowel movements on a regular basis.

4. Blackberries

Berries are highly beneficial for both humans and their fur kids! Blackberries are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin B12, keeping vital organs protected. Puppies and adolescent dogs who are still growing need a regular supply of vitamins or they’re growth could be stunted. A mineral deficient dog in its younger years will have a much harder time staying healthy as they get older, so a few blackberries a day will keep the vet away!

5. Green Beans

Your pup doesn’t have to miss out on all the great foods that come with holidays like Thanksgiving. Dogs actually love the flavor of cooked green beans mixed in with a little veggie broth for flavor! Since green beans have very little sugar, you can feed it to them daily in small portions.

6. Sweet Potatoes

As a low fat and high fiber option with Vitamin B6, sweet potatoes are frequently included in dog food recipes. However, there are some mixed feelings as to whether or not they’re acceptable for dogs to eat on a regular basis. They can be eaten raw or boiled, but they should be served plain. Excess butter, fat, or the wrong kind of seasoning can be bad for your pup, so keep your dinner separate from theirs.

7. Watermelon

Canines that spend hours romping around in the sunshine during the hotter months need to remain hydrated. Luckily for your dog, watermelon is made up of more than 90% water! Blend some up with honey and coconut water, pop it into the freezer and serve when chilled.

Although each of these fruits, veggies, and berries are perfectly safe for your dog, follow the golden rule of everything in moderation. Your dog might love the taste of blackberries, but one too many can leave them with an upset tummy. Always proceed with caution when introducing new foods to their diet, and check with your vet first if they’re diabetic or have any health issues that could be affected.