This is not medical advice. Before pursuing feeding your dog a new food or supplement, it’s advised to consult with your veterinarian.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to highlight some green vegetables that can add nutritional value to your dog’s diet. As pet parents, we know it’s important to find foods or supplements that can improve a healthy pet diet. If you’re looking for a way to cut back on the amount of high-calorie dog treats that you reward your pup with, try giving your dog some vegetables as a healthy alternative. It is important to note that not all vegetables are dog-friendly, but don’t worry, we did the research for you! Read below to find out seven green vegetables that may improve your dog’s daily wellness.
Cucumbers contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin K and potassium to name a couple. They’re also extremely low in carbohydrates, fats, and oils so they make for perfect alternative snacks for dogs. We actually incorporated cucumbers in our Watermelon & Cucumber Refresh Kong Recipe to help your dog feel cooler on hot summer days.
One way you can incorporate zucchini in your dog’s diet is by shredding raw zucchini. Try adding the shredded zucchini in your pet’s food bowl for a little extra water and fiber as needed! According to AKC.org, treats should make up less than 10% of your dog’s daily diet. When feeding your dog vegetables like zucchini, make sure to factor that amount in to not give your dog too much zucchini daily.
Broccoli offers a lot of benefits for your dog’s overall health! Broccoli, especially the stalks is known to help reduce arthritic inflammation as well as give the immune system a boost. Broccoli for dogs can be served cooked or raw, but too much broccoli can unfortunately upset the digestive tract, so it’s important to only give your dog broccoli in small amounts. We incorporated broccoli in our Chicken Soup Kong Recipe to help keep your dog busy during stressful situations.
4. Green Beans
While green beans are an amazing source of fiber for dogs, they’re also a great source of vitamins, minerals, and protein! They’re very low in calories, so they can be a great snack for pet parents who are watching their dog’s weight.
5. Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts for dogs are loaded with nutrients! Brussels Sprouts are full of vitamins fiber, as well as antioxidants. Antioxidants can help reduce inflammation and improve blood circulation. Although brussels sprouts can be a great addition to your dog’s nutritional diet, they can cause lots of gas and could potentially cause upset stomach and diarrhea. It’s recommended to steam the brussels sprouts to preserve the most nutrients and serve about a ½ to 1 sprout to see how their bodies take to it. It’s not recommended to serve any more than three per serving.
We recommended adding kale to your dog’s diet in small amounts of about 1-2 ounces depending on your dog’s size. To prepare, steam the kale, chop it up, and then add it to your dog’s meal. Kale has been known to fight allergies, heart disease, urinary tract issues, and dog arthritis symptoms. Kale is another green vegetable that may cause flatulence if you give your dog too much, so make sure to only feed kale to your dog in moderation.
If your dog loves a crunchy bite, celery just might be the perfect vegetable match for them! Celery is loaded with vitamins that can help support a healthy heart, such as Vitamin A, B, and C. Make sure to cut the celery into bite-size pieces before feeding to your dog to prevent any choking.
As pet parents, we’re always looking for ways to add more nutritional value into our dog’s everyday lives. As there are many vegetables, fruits, and other human-based foods out there, it’s always important to research before feeding your dog anything that may cause them harm. We recommend consulting with your veterinarian as well before adding anything new to your pet’s daily regimen.
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