Feeding vegetables to dogs

30th October 2012
Beryl Shuttleworth
11 Responses

Most people assume that the natural diet of a dog is meat only. But, in fact, wild dogs ate the stomach contents of the animals that they killed as well. And this provided the vegetable portion of their diet.

And I have a theory that the lack of vegetables in the modern dog’s diets is a major factor in lots of the problems that these dogs experience – allergies, sore joints, auto-immune disease, etc. the dog foods on the market are quite good at providing balanced levels of vitamins. But they forget about the other nutrients which we get from plants – anti-oxidants, phytochemicals, enzymes, oils.

Your dog’s diet should ideally consist  of about 20% vegetables. Cooking does make them easier to digest, but overcooking can destroy valuable nutrients. So I suggest a mix of raw and cooked vegetables and fruit. Basically any vegetable/fruit will do, except onions, which, in large quantities, are toxic to dogs. Suggestions:

  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • red peppers
  • celery
  • carrot
  • apples
  • oranges

In addition to the many benefits of vegetables – anti-aging, anti-cancer, immune boosting – vegetables can also be a useful tool in helping to control obesity in dogs. I know it sounds ridiculous, but try substituting a carrot stick as a treat for your obese dog. It is so much better for him than bread or biscuits.

11 Responses

  1. I recently got a micro pig and feed her a lot of fruits/veggies, now all my doggies are also waiting for their share of the fruit/veggies when it is feeding time for the pig and sometimes it brakes out in a fight where as previously hardly any of the seven dogs wanted to have it just thought i share my experience with fruit/ veggies for dogs.

  2. Found a wonderful brand of dog food, Earthborn Holistic, which contains fruit and vegetables. Put my allergic Jack Russell on the grain-free Coastal Catch which contains only fish as the protein source, potatoes, peas, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, blueberries and cranberries. No gluten. She loves the food and it’s really making a difference to the allergies, no biting, scratching and paw-licking at the moment.

  3. My dogs have eaten a form of the BARF diet for years and years and it is their favorite food. I also Believe that their very good health is due to this . When we visit the vet it is for something extra-ordinary. I include carrots, cabbage, sweet potatoes, garlic, parsley, apples, beans, beet root, some sort of squash such as patty pans or baby marrows. This is grated and then packed, and frozen. They get this with raw chicken or tripe . They also get an egg a week with some honey, yoghurt, flax seed oil and kelp.

  4. my dog is eating only hills dd pellets and tinned food because of her “allergy” (licking and scratching) which the vet suggested for the last six months but no change what do you suggest?


    1. Isabel, after six months with no change, I’d definitely change the diet. Or try Allergy Formula. Diets that my customers have recommended: BARF, Orijens, cooked homemade food.

  5. Hello – yes, found this to be true so when I cook my dog’s bones I do her veggies in the remaining juice afterwards. She likes grated raw sweetpotatoes but not carrots which I know are good for her but even cooked – unless I mash them fine – she will delicately take out each thin slice and put it beside her plate.

    She loves spring onion greens so these are also added to the cooked veg as well as spinach and parsley.

    What |I would love to know is can I give her garlic? I used to until a vet told me this was dangerous but in the past it has helped with fleas so wonder if it is in fact the case?

    Thanks for your informative letter, always good to receive
    Best wishes
    Emile Shreve

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