A dog’s stomach is able to digest both meat and vegetables. Although their bodies rely mostly on meat proteins there are some vegetables- and fruits- that can boost your dog’s immune system. It is important to introduce some vegetables and fruits into your dog’s diet to insure it gets the proper nutrients it needs.
It is safe for your dog's diet to contain approximately 20 per cent vegetables. Knowing the best produce to add to your dog’s diet and the proper portion size is the most important thing when considering a change in your dog’s diet. In smaller doses all of these veggies can be served to dogs as whole foods- boiled or steamed and in some cases raw. Most whole foods are easy to digest while others can be toxic to dogs.
The most common rule is to stay away from Grapes, Raisins, Chocolate, Onions and Garlic. Broccoli is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables for dogs and it contains cancer fighting enzymes. However if the pets Broccoli intake is ten per cent or more of the pets diet it can cause problems due to the toxic substance isothiocyanate. Excess Broccoli can cause gastrointestinal irritation but in small doses Broccoli is very good for dogs.
The following is a list of fruits and veggies that are safe and healthy for your dog. Most of them can be found in dry and wet dog food formulas on the market today- I have included some of those selections. These fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are important in sustaining a healthy immune system in canines. But remember- when serving cooked produce to dogs always be sure to not exceed the proper portions. It is also recommended to remove the skin of the fruit or vegetable. If unsure consult your local veterinarian about your pets specific dietary needs.