Whether you have a raw fed pup or a fully vegan dog, fruit and vegetables are a great alternative to high calorie treats. But which fruits and vegetables are safe to give to our four legged friends?

Dog friendly fruit and vegetables:

Broccoli 

Broccoli is high in fibre, high in Vitamin C and low in fat making it a great healthy treat! We'd recommend cutting it into small, manageable chunks to avoid choking.

Carrot

Carrots are full of antioxidants, fibre and beta carotene which converts to Vitamin A and is excellent for your dog's coat and skin. Frozen carrots are also a great tool for teething pups and even older dogs who need help keeping their teeth clean.

Pepper

Peppers are a great, crunchy treat for your dog and naturally high in Vitamins A, B, C, E & K. If you have a slightly more sensitive pet, you might want to soften the skin by cooking first. Avoid the seeds and always practice moderation!

Mango 

Mangoes are a delicious, sweet treat for your dog. We recommend sticking to the flesh of the mango as the skin can be hard to digest and the stone contain cyanide. Definitely not a good chew toy for your pup!

Pineapple

Pineapples contain bromelain, which is an enzyme that helps dogs to absorb protein. Fun fact! Although very high in sugar, dogs can enjoy this fruit in moderation.

Banana

An office favourite with our dogs! Bananas are high in potassium and low in cholesterol and sodium.

Apple

Apples are high in Vitamins A and C. Avoid the seeds and the core of the apple as they can cause stomach upsets.

Avoid feeding your dog:

Grapes

Grapes toxicity can cause the animal to develop acute kidney injury with anuria which can lead to kidney failure and death. Even a single grape could be deadly for a dog so if in doubt, get your dog to the vet immediately.

Onion and garlic

Unfortunately onion and garlic can cause anaemia which can result in organ damage, organ failure, or even death.

Raw potato 

Raw potato is very difficult for a dog's digestive system and should be avoided. Cooked potato is fine in moderation although avoid too much butter or cream.

Citrus fruits (grapefruits, lemons, limes, oranges)

The acidity of citrus fruits cause severely upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhoea. Grapefruit in particular contains psoralens which are toxic for dogs.

Cherries

Although the flesh of a cherry should be okay, the pips contain cyanide which is toxic.

Remember... 

Whilst fruit and vegetables are a great alternative to high calorie treats there a couple of things to bear in mind when introducing these to your pet's diet.

High fibre content: Fibre is great for your dog's digestion and you'll find a high quantity in most fruits and vegetables. Just watch you don't overdo it as this can lead to upset stomachs!
High sugar content: Fruits are very high in sugar, so try and remember to keep them as a 'treat'.

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