My dogs love fruits and veggies. They all get introduced to them at a young age. When Samba's puppies were about three weeks old we could feel tooth buds popping up and we started giving them baby carrots to chew on. They used the cold hard carrots as teethers and it probably saved our hands from many bites from sharp puppy teeth.They still get excited when we take carrots from the refrigerator.
Recently Rob came across an article online called The 10 Healthiest Human Foods For Dogs. Here's what the article had to say.
1 Green Beans- a source of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C and K, calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin, thiamin and beta carotene.
Wow, my dogs get these several times a week.
2 Cantaloupe - a source of vitamin A, B-6 and C, beta carotene, fiber, folate, niacin and potassium.
Cantaloupe was Bentley's favorite fruit.
3 Spinach - iron
Sorry to say, my dogs have never had spinach, but that's going to change.
4 Apples - antioxidants and vitamin C
One of our favorites.
5 Pumpkin- fiber, vitamin A and antioxidants
My dogs love fresh pumpkin but don't like the canned variety.
6 Sweet Potatoes - Vitamins E, A B-6 and C as well as calcium, iron, folate, potassium, copper, thiamine and iron
We have these often. They're a favorite because of the sweet taste.
7 Blueberries - high levels of resveratrol that fight cancer and heart disease plus tannins to help prevent urinary tract infections
Dr B told us about these long ago to help keep senior moments at bay. Morgan gets fresh ones in the summer and blueberry capsules the rest of the year.
8 Watermelon - Lots of lycopene and vitamins A, B-6 and C plus thiamin
9 - Asparagus - Vitamin K, A, B-1, B-2, C and E along with folate, iron, copper, fiber, manganese and potassium.
This is one of my favorites and Bentley loved it. We don't have it as often as we should but that may change. Most of the dogs like it but it's an acquired taste.
10 - Brussels Sprouts - Vitamins K and G plus manganese, folate, fiber, potassium and Vitamins A, B-1 and B-6
OK, I know this is getting really long so I'll quit here. Tomorrow I'll tell you about an article in The Whole Dog Journal that tells us about other good foods to feed our fur kids.