Ask an Expert: Fruits & Vegetables for Dogs | Hastings Veterinary Clinic

Ask an Expert: Fruits & Vegetables for Dogs

Q: Are fruits and vegetables good for dogs?

A: Dogs are carnivores but their anatomy and feeding habits are those of omnivores.

There is a definite place for fruits and vegetables in providing a balanced dog diet. Most balanced commercial dog foods incorporate fruits and vegetables in them. Fruits and vegetables can also be used as low-calorie snacks for dogs.

It is best to wash and peel fruits, and remove pits before feeding to your dog. Boiling vegetables makes them more digestible.

Remember, some fruits that humans eat may cause toxicity or stomach irritation in dogs – grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, lemons, and avocados to name a few.