Much like fruits, vegetables can be a healthy alternative to feeding your dog too many treats. They will enjoy the crunch so much that they won’t even know that they are eating something that is good for them! But not all vegetables are safe for your dog to eat and feeding your dog the wrong type of veggie could lead to a quick and expensive trip to the vet.
Here are nine of the safest vegetables for your dog to eat.
Technically, you can feed your dog broccoli, but you will want to make sure you supervise them while doing so. This is because they contain a certain nutrient (isothiocyanate) that can cause gastric irritation in some dogs. The stalks too can be a choking hazard if they don’t chew it properly.
With those warnings, you may be wondering why these are safe to eat? It’s because they are very high in fiber and Vitamin C, which helps promote healthy digestion and boosts the immune system. Broccoli is also low in fat and gives your dog that satisfying crunch.
Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage
Don’t worry if your child sneaks your dog their unwanted Brussels sprouts or cabbage, they are completely safe for dogs. These two vegetables contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B-6, as well as calcium and magnesium which are very healthy nutrients for dogs. However, feed them sparingly as they may cause gas.
Carrots are very healthy for dogs, they’re high in fiber, which promotes gastrointestinal health, and Vitamin A, which promotes vision and bone health, in addition to a boost to the immune system. Carrots also provide great benefits for your dog’s teeth and, of course, is a crunchy and fun treat to snack upon.
Celery is a good, low-calorie treat for your dog that has nutrients packed into each stalk. Vitamins A, B, and C will promote your dog's overall health, from bone growth to nervous system function, to increased immunity. Celery is even known to help promote heart health and have cancer-fighting properties… and can even help freshen your dog's breath, which is an added perk unique to celery.
No matter how green beans are presented to your dog, they are a healthy, fun treat. Just make sure that you opt for the low sodium version, too much sodium can be harmful for dogs. Green beans have numerous vitamins, minerals, and nutrients including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin K, and folate. They are also packed full of fiber and contain very few calories.
Much like green beans, all types of peas are safe and fun for your dog to eat. They are high in Vitamin A and C, as well as iron, magnesium, and calcium. They contain protein and are high in fiber, but you will want to make sure to avoid high sodium canned peas.
Spinach contains many nutrients including potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6, B9, E, C, and K, as well as folic acid, iron, and calcium. While Spinach is high in nutritional content, it’s best to feed this vegetable to dogs in moderation. Too much spinach can impact a dog’s ability to absorb calcium and potentially lead to kidney damage. Because spinach is high in oxalic acid, large quantities of this snack should be avoided.
Another healthy, leafy green option for dogs is kale. Kale is high in Vitamins K and A, as well as iron and provides numerous health benefits, like bone, vision, and immunity.