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Fruits and veggies for pets

Written by Dr. Colleen Fisher  | Published on: 2/22/2021


Fruits and vegetables are critical to a healthy diet for people, but what about pets? Complete and balanced pet foods supply the necessary nutrients required, but that can get boring for dogs and cats. Dogs are omnivores, which means they can digest some plant and grain foods as well as meat. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they derive almost all their nutrition from animal-based sources and don’t have the same capacity to breakdown fruits and veggies. Both cats and dogs can benefit from the fibre, which keeps them feeling full longer and helps maintain optimum digestive health and weight.

These fruits and vegetables are safe for pets

Feed no more than 10% for all fruits, veggies, and other treats to maintain a balanced pet diet.
  • Apples, pears, and peaches
  • Melons like honeydew, watermelon, and cantaloupe
  • Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Carrots, celery, zucchini, and cucumbers
  • Green beans, peas, corn, and alfalfa sprouts
  • Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and parsley
  • Sweet potatoes, yams, and pumpkin

Keep these things in mind

  1. Some fruits and vegetables are poisonous. Never give grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, or macadamia nuts.
  2. Ask your veterinarian if there are any foods your pet should avoid. Pets with a history of calcium oxalate urinary crystals should stay away from leafy green vegetables and carrots. Check with your doctor before giving high potassium foods like bananas, peas, potatoes, and sweet potatoes if your pet has a history of kidney problems or uncontrolled Addison’s disease.
  3. Fruit pits, cores, citrus peels, and corn cobs are choking and foreign body hazards. Cut fruits and vegetables into bite-sized pieces that are safe for your pet to chew and swallow. Larger and non-digestible items may cause a blockage in the stomach or intestines and require emergency surgery to remove.
  4. Just like in people, some dogs are sensitive to the effects of gas-forming vegetables. Cauliflower, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts can increase flatulence and make pets less pleasant to be around.

If your pet accidentally ingests anything harmful, don’t take any chances – call your vet immediately

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If you have questions about safe snacks, please consult your veterinarian for advice tailored to your individual pet.