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Dog-Friendly Fruits and Vegetables 

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As dog lovers, it’s natural that we want to occasionally treat our furry friends to something more delectable than dry or canned dog food. Our pets (aka fur babies) deserve the best!

While your fridge may seem like it has an array of tasty options, some of your favorite fruits and veggies, like avocado, grapes, and tomatoes can be detrimental to your fur baby’s health. So, before you grab for your favorites, check out this list of fruits and vegetables that are considered dog friendly. 

Dog-Friendly Fruits 

If your dog has a little bit of a sweet tooth (don’t we all?), fruit can supplement for a delicious treat. You can get creative by making frozen dog treats with a blended mix of berries and bananas or even some peanut butter pupcakes!

However you decide to treat your fur baby, the fresh (not canned) fruits listed below are considered safe and dog-friendly, in moderation of course! The seeds, pits and cores should be removed along with any thick outer skin, like orange peels. It’s recommended that harder fruits be cut into bite size pieces so it’s not a choking hazard for your pup.

  • Apples
  • Raspberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mango
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Bananas 
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin (yes, technically a fruit!)
  • Watermelon (seedless and without the rind!)

Dog-Friendly Vegetables 

You can turn your pup’s everyday food into something special just by tossing in a few veggies. Or, if you want to go the extra mile, you can show your love by making some turkey and sweet potato meatballs (guaranteed to be scarfed down in seconds!). 

Feel free to get creative in the kitchen with this list of safe and dog-friendly vegetables. Remember to peel any thicker outer skins and cut up into bite size pieces to prevent choking.

  • Carrots
  • Cucumber 
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Sweet potato (cooked)
  • Green beans
  • Snap peas
  • Brussel sprouts (preferably cooked)
  • Celery
  • Peas
  • Corn (preferably cooked)

Miscellaneous Dog-Friendly Foods

While fruits and vegetables are delicious on their own, combining a few extra ingredients can help make tasty treats or baked goods that even you may be tempted to try! 

But not everything is safe for your pup to eat. So, check out this list of dog-friendly human food before getting creative in the kitchen. All are recommended in moderation.

  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt (with no sugar or artificial sweetener, like xylitol)
  • Salmon (cooked without spices)
  • Chicken (cooked without spices)
  • Turkey (cooked without spices)
  • Steak (cooked without spices)
  • Pork (cooked without spices)
  • Rice
  • Milk
  • Cottage cheese
  • Bread
  • Coconut
  • Cashews

When cooking for your dog…

I know we mention this a lot already, but please remember to serve everything in moderation! Just because your dog can have peanut butter or salmon doesn’t mean that they should have it all the time. Feel free to treat your dog beyond their standard food but be cautious. Always do your research if you’re unsure if a food is dog friendly.

Check with Your Vet

Always check with your vet first before giving your fur baby new “human” foods. This especially applies if they have sensitive digestion, allergies or a chronic condition.

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