Saturday, December 29, 2007

Fruits & Veggies- What to Feed, What to Avoid

Fresh fruits and veggies are an important part of your dog's healthy diet. They can also make great replacements for dog biscuits for pooches who are trying to slim down! The following fruits and veggies have many health benefits for dog (and humans!)
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Apples- good source of antioxidants
Green beans- great treat for overweight pups!
Sweet Potatoes- A good source of Vit A, Vit C, and fiber. Dehydrated sweet potatoes make wonderful "chew treats"
Cranberries- promote good urinary tract health
Bananas- good source of potassium
Carrots- good source of beta-carotine, make a nice crunchy treat
Blueberries- excellent source of antioxidants
Pumpkin- excellent fiber source, a spoonful of pumpkin can help with both diarrhea and constipation in dogs
Alfalfa- good source of Vit K, B Vitamins, and phytonutrients
Broccoli- great source of Vit C, Vit K, Vit A. May have anti-cancer properties. Can cause gas in large amounts, so you may want to limit your dog's broccoli intake!

What to avoid:
Onions- can cause Heinz-body anemia in dogs and cats
Grapes/Raisins- can cause renal failure in dogs, even in small amounts
*If your dog has arthritis* Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant- can exacerbate inflammatory conditions.

Other foods and environmental hazards to avoid can be found here.
I recommend you add the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline-(888) 426-4435- to your emergency numbers.