Disputes about whether the dog needs vegetables and other vegetarian products will always be carried out, but the dog is still an omnivorous animal and there is nothing wrong with the fact that vegetables and fruits will be present in the diet, especially if the pet itself likes such products.
Of course, many vegetables are not digested, but most of them do not harm the animal and even contribute to proper digestion. Probably, many owners noticed in their pets’ addictions to this or that vegetable. Using this, you can give your favorite vegetables to the dogs as an encouragement, treats between the main feedings.
In what form can the vegetables be given to the Dog?
Vegetables, including leafy ones, can be given raw, boiled or baked, but those that have been cooked are digested and digested better. For example, the benefits of lightly stewed tomatoes and carrots are greater, because in this form more beta-carotene is extracted from the vegetables by the body.
Naturally you need to cook them for 10-20 minutes, without using salt and other spices, but it is acceptable to add a small amount of vegetable or flaxseed oil. Canned vegetables should not be included in the dog’s diet due to the high content of spices.
White dogs should not be given red vegetables, as they are often allergic to them. If you have doubts about the safety of vegetables, such as allergenic (corn), it is better not to risk it and not to include it in the diet.
5 kinds of vegetables can be given to a dog?
Many pets are not indifferent to carrots, which is safe and useful for animals. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which improves vision, vitamin A, which adds shine to the coat, acts as an antioxidant and reduces the risk of cancer. Giving the dog a raw carrot, when it is crushed, the teeth are cleaned of plaque, and during chewing salivation increases, which in turn reduces the number of bacteria in the mouth and eliminates unpleasant odor. Vegetable can be given to the dog in raw or boiled form, grated or sliced, but in reasonable quantities.
Boiled pumpkin improves digestion, softens stools, if your pet has constipation. Safe and healthy vegetable, which should be preferred if the choice is between a pumpkin and zucchini.
A source of potassium, calcium, beta-carotene, folic acid, but still inferior to pumpkin in usefulness. Vegetable can be given to the dog raw or baked.
Yam can be given as a treat in small quantities, because with regular feeding, it can lead to obesity due to high levels of carbohydrates, and in large quantities can cause diarrhea. Unlike the usual potatoes, and some other vegetables, sweet potato is better absorbed. The sweet potato is rich in vitamins C, B6, minerals, reduces the risk of cancer. Can be given only boiled or baked.
Bulgarian pepper is a source of beta-carotene, vitamins. Peppers can be given to the dog raw or baked, but without seeds. Preference should be given to red pepper, as in it, unlike yellow and green, there are more vitamins.
An excellent source of fiber is asparagus, which is also rich in vitamins A, C, E, K and safe for dogs. The stems can be given to the dog fresh or steamed. However, asparagus, fed in large quantities, can cause stomach upset, and do not be afraid if the excrement becomes green.
Cucumbers are absolutely safe for dogs, are an antioxidant and a source of vitamins of group B, as well as vitamins A, C, D, potassium and magnesium. Promote the removal of unpleasant odors from the mouth.
It is necessary to give cucumbers in reasonable quantities, otherwise the Dogs will have diarrhea. Celery stalks (leaves are not recommended to be given) can be given to a pet in small quantities, otherwise digestive problems will arise. The stems are rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, amino acids, vitamins B and C. Celery has anti-inflammatory properties, so this vegetable can be given to dogs suffering from arthritis.
Beetroot is often an allergen, but can be included in the diet of some animals, such as red, which a small amount of beet will benefit, beet gives red wool a more saturated bright color. In general, beet has a beneficial effect on the liver, is rich in vitamins A, B, C, contains iron, potassium, magnesium, is a source of fiber. Therefore, if the dog is not allergic, then you can give slices of fresh beets in a small amount, otherwise there will be diarrhea.
Ginger can be given in limited quantities, but with frequent feeding and in large quantities can lead to bloating, heartburn, nausea, and other digestive problems. The benefits of ginger are proven, for example, ginger can help an animal from motion sickness. To do this, you can give gingerbread gin cookies (special for dogs) 30-60 minutes before the trip. Finely chopped, skinned gingering the amount of ½ to ½ teaspoon, 1- 2 times a week, mixed into the food is useful for cancer prevention.
Do not give ginger to sick dogs or dogs after surgery. The first time should be given carefully, checking the reaction of the body, because in some dogs it is indigestible.