Although we are very used to feeding our dogs with feed, the truth is that there are other common foods in any house that we can offer them. Vegetables and vegetables stand out among them.
Vegetables and greens provide dogs with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Dogs are carnivores, but, although we feed them with animal feed, vegetables can be included in their usual diet as a supplement or healthy reward.
Healthy veggies for dogs
Below we offer a list of the most common vegetables that we can include in our dog’s diet. Of course, we must always bear in mind that dogs do not have the same vegetable needs as we do, since they are carnivores. They also don’t digest them in the same way we do.
So we should not abuse the amounts.
Broccoli is an excellent option full of vitamins such as C, K, E, and A. It also stands out for its contribution to folic acid, as well as fiber, iron, carotenes, and flavonoids. It can be given to the dog steamed or cooked.
Like any other vegetable or vegetable, pumpkin provides a good supply of fiber. It also contains antioxidants and produces a diuretic effect. It is recommended to always offer it to the dog without the skin and after removing all the seeds. It can be cooked, roasted, steamed, or finely chopped raw.
Brussels sprouts contain B vitamins, such as B1 and B6, and vitamins C and A. In addition to fiber, it provides folic acid, calcium, iron, antioxidants, and potassium. They are supplied to the dog cooked.
Cauliflower is from the same family as broccoli, so its benefits and composition are similar to those of this vegetable. It provides vitamins C, K, and B6, in addition to folic acid. It must be cooked.
In addition to fiber, it contains vitamins A, C, E, B, K, and F, beta-carotene, and antioxidants. It can be offered to the dog raw and minced or, if we have it frozen, prepare it cooked or steamed. They can also be passed through the pan.
It is rich in iron, antioxidants and has a purifying action on the body. It is recommended to give, in any of its varieties, well chopped so that the dog swallows it and does not stick in the mouth or cause her to choke. It can also be cooked.
It presents characteristics similar to those of lettuce since its components include iron or antioxidants. It also has a purifying effect. We can give it to the dog after washing it.
Antioxidant, cleansing, and digestive, the carrot is one of the vegetables most offered to dogs. It contains very few calories and a good amount of beta carotene and fiber, which causes a satiating effect.
For this reason, it is recommended to give carrots as a reward to overweight dogs, to which it would be contraindicated to offer more caloric foods, whether commercial or homemade. Giving a raw carrot also helps cleaning the teeth and fighting plaque. We can offer it well washed or peeled.
It can also be added to the feeder grated, steamed, or cooked. In the latter case, it is also widely used for those specimens that are recovering from a gastrointestinal process. In addition, it offers vitamins such as A, K, and C.
How to prepare vegetables for your dog
In addition to giving them raw, boiling, or cooking them, which are the typical presentations in which they are usually offered, we can also give them pureed. This form of administration is especially interesting for older dogs with chewing difficulties, those with oral problems, etc.
In summer it is a good and fun idea to freeze vegetables and give them to the dog as if they were ice cream. In addition, they can relieve puppies during the time of shedding their teeth when we will notice that they feel a greater need to bite. It is also possible to dehydrate them. For this, we can use a dehydrator or dry them in the sun.
In any case, we insist, dogs are carnivores. Vegetables, vegetables, or, also, fruits should be given as a compliment. They can never be the main ingredient in the diet or substitute for any portion, even in overweight dogs. If we need him to lose weight, we have to establish a menu following veterinary recommendations.