Vegetables can be a great addition to your dog’s diet if you stick to those that are safe and hand out an appropriate amount. It is advised to give veggies in a small amount and in small pieces according to your dog’s size. Also wash the veggies before feeding.
1) Carrot: raw and cooked carrots are healthy options for dogs and make a nutritious add into meals. Carrots are loaded with phytonutrients and vitamins K and C which promote eyes heart and lungs health. Carrots are also known to improve their blood levels, plus crunching on carrots can be good for their teeth. While carrots are generally safe, it is important to cut the carrot sticks into bite-size chunks before feeding to them. As a result you will prevent choking especially in small dogs.
2) Sweet potato: sweet potatoes are great for their digestion because they are high in dietary fibers. Also they are high in antioxidants; iron, vitamins A, C and B which prevents night blindness. They are proved to keep their coat shiny, good skin quality and a strong immune system. Steamed or boiled sweet potatoes hold their nutritional value than roasted. It is advised to start slow with a small amount depending on the dog size.
3) Pumpkin: The fiber, potassium and vitamin C content in pumpkin all support heart health. Raw and cooked fresh pumpkin has many benefits for them like intestinal health, especially for dogs suffering from digestion problems. The abundant fiber helps to absorb water and alleviate diarrhea. It is advised to give either raw which should be peeled, pureed or cut into small manageable pieces after boiling.
4) Cucumber: Cucumbers are the good and high source of water content and low in calorie. Give your dog cucumber as a crunchy snack or treat after tiring activities, as it will help to hydrate their body in summer. As it is low in calorie, it helps to reduce body weight also. Feeding a whole cucumber is not advisable. Only give peel cucumber into small slices or pieces according to your dog’s size.
5) Broccoli: broccoli florets will make a great snack for your dog and especially for puppies. Broccoli is high in fiber and vitamin C and low in fat. It is safe for them to eat raw or cooked as long as no seasonings are added .Giving big pieces is hazardous to them and small pieces would prevent choking. Also you can measure how much they have consumed.
Asparagus, Brussels, sprouts, beets, cabbages, cauliflower, celery, green beans, kale, lettuce, peas, spinach, zucchini are the safe veggies for your dog, but only if you feed them an appropriate amount and sizes. Also do not feed veggies regularly or force them to eat if they
don’t like it.