Like with fruit, there are healthy vegetables for dogs. As long as you choose the ones that are safe, and on the “good for dogs” list. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, so always a great “go to” snack for your furry friend! I’m going to give you 10 vegetables, along with their health benefits to get you started. Remember, if you’ve never given veggies before, start with one at a time, and always start slow.
This vegetable is loaded with vitamins and minerals including vitamins, K, C, A, B6, folate, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. It is also a high source of dietary fiber with cancer-fighting abilities.
Carrots offer one of the highest amounts of vitamin A for eye health you’ll find, which makes them one of the healthiest vegetables for dogs! In addition, you’ll find anti-oxidants, mainly beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, B6, potassium, manganese, thiamine, niacin, and folate.
Celery is a good option if you’re looking for a low-calorie snack for both you and your dog. It also serves as a bit of a diuretic. Although it doesn’t have much flavor, my dogs like the crunch! I’ll also sometimes dip a piece in a little almond butter, which takes it to a whole level of deliciousness! You will find vitamins K, A, C, B6, folate, potassium, and calcium in this safe to feed veggie.
Green beans are an amazing, nutritionally packed veggie. They are considered as one of the highest in antioxidants for healing. Aside from the antioxidants, you’ll find vitamins C, K, A, fiber, manganese, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
Asparagus is an impressive, nutrient-dense food. Research shows it to be food high in folic acid, which is a B complex vitamin. In addition, you’ll also find this veggie to be a good source of amino acids, minerals, omega fatty acids, vitamins K, C, A, and E.
Kale, a vitamin-rich superfood, is one to definitely consider feeding your dog(s). With the omega 3 and 6 fatty acid ratios, you will find kale to be a wonderful anti-inflammatory food. This green leafy vegetable also offers antioxidants with vitamin C and beta-carotene, along with vitamins A, D, E, K, just to name a few.
Zucchini is an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. This squash contains a good amount of pectin fiber, as well as potassium which supports heart health. They are low in carbs and calories. Good for eye health with beta-carotene and manganese, and energy with B vitamins.
The sweet potato is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, C, and manganese. High in antioxidants, especially beta-carotene which supports eye health. In addition, you’ll find vitamins B6, E, K, potassium, pantothenic acid, copper, niacin, thiamine, magnesium, calcium, and iron.
Here is another one of those green leafy vegetables full of nutrition! With vitamins A, C, E, and K, plus many minerals, amino acids and nutrients, spinach offers a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities. In addition, immunity boosting, eye health, skin and bone health, and detoxification.
Pumpkin is a nutritional, and yummy snack for your furry friend. You can roast the seeds, with no salt, as they are a good source of fiber, carbohydrates, and protein. They are also known to support urinary health. The flesh, with its fiber content, actually helps with diarrhea, constipation and weight loss. In addition, the flesh contains vitamin A for eye health and vitamin C for immune health.
So there’s my list of 10 healthy vegetables you can feed your dog. Remember, you can enjoy them for snacks too! The benefits I listed hold true for you both! Don’t forget to go slow by starting with one veggie at a time. My dogs LOVE the crunch of frozen vegetables, so we always have a bag in the freezer! The Normandy blend is a good one with carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and squash. 🙂
As always, feel free to leave any comments or questions below. What vegetables are your dogs favorite? Would love to hear from you!
Be sure to check out my post on healthy fruits for your dog at:
Marlaina B. 🙂