Best Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs

If your New Year's resolution is to eat healthier, we've got some good news: Your dog can do it, too! Fruits and vegetables make great treats for dogs, and we've got the skinny on which ones are OK to feed your dog.

If your pooch already eats a quality commercial diet that's been approved by your veterinarian, he doesn't necessarily need fruits and vegetables to balance his nutrition — not like we humans do, anyway. Still, fruits and vegetables (offered in moderation, of course) can be tasty, low-calorie and inexpensive snacks for dogs. So toss those fattening cookies and hit the produce section. It's time to get healthy!

Best Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs

Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs Broccoli


Broccoli makes a great snack for pups. Just remember to serve human food sparingly — even the best fruits and vegetables, if eaten by your pet in huge amounts, can cause stomach problems.

Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs Sweet Potato


Some canines love sweet potatoes. Be sure to serve them to your dog in small bites and make sure that they're cooked, never raw.

Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs Zucchini


Zucchini and other squash are healthy treats for your canine. Before you change anything about your dog's diet, though, consult with your veterinarian, because some foods may be incompatible with certain medical conditions or prescribed diets.

Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs Bananas


If you want to give your canine a few banana slices but don't want to deal with a squishy mess on your floor, here's an easy solution: Freeze the banana slices before you offer them to your dog.

Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs Peas


Giving your dog peas instead of cookies can make you feel better about his caloric intake. But keep in mind that treats, even healthy vegetables, should be less than 10 percent of your pet’s diet.

Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs Apples


Many dogs love juicy apples. Just be sure your dog doesn't get hold of seeds or the core, which can be harmful to him.

Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs Green Beans


Good news for all you green bean fans out there: It's safe to share them with your dog!

Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs Carrots


Plenty of dogs enjoy carrots, but if yours is hesitant about eating raw vegetables for the first time, you can steam or boil the vegetables for an easier transition.

Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs Cucumbers


How about some fresh cucumber slices for your canine? Be sure to wash all fruits and vegetables and remove rinds, skin, seeds or pits before feeding them to your pet.

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