Kicking Around Vegetables for Dogs?

Organic vegetables for dogs is a must!Here's all our veggies for the week!


Relax!  Choosing vegetables for dogs is a great move.  We'll explain and duplicate how wild dogs eat 'em so you won't go wrong! 

You ask "How much do I feed and how do I serve them?"   It's simple... we'll show you.

Furthermore...

You heard that some vegetables aren't safe for your dog?  You're right.   However, most are.  We've got you covered!

Also...

Certain nutritional requirements for different ages and conditions might require specific types of veggies.  We won't overlook this...

You don't want to feed 'em raw?  We'll give you your next best choices.

Speaking of raw dog foods... before you read on...

We'd love to publish your raw dog food experiences (good or bad)!  Maybe you have some advice you'd like to share... click here to tell your story.  We'll publish it as a page on our website!

Back to those veggies...

Want the Nutrient Analysis of Vegetables for Dogs?

You won't find it here.  This is why...

  • There's tons of websites that do this for you... there's no sense in us repeating the same nutrient info.  Is your dog a special case who needs (or should avoid) certain nutrients?  Then this is the time to analyze...  
  • Feeding your pooch a good variety of raw, pureed veggies will give her all the (vegetable) nutrients she needs.  We feel that analyzing each vegetable your dog eats is a waste of time.

A good assortment of colors is important.  Also... above ground and below ground vegetables should be included.  Finally, don't forget to mix up different "types" of veggies...

Dogs should eat a good variety of vegetablesI blended all of these veggies for Nimble and me... makes for one healthy dog!


Confused?  It's No Wonder!


Growing tired of all the different opinions about feeding dogs vegetables?   Seems like everyone has a different one!

Have you noticed sometimes opinions depend on what side of the dog food fence the writer is on?  I'm on the same side of the fence wild dogs are on.

I'm not going to benefit by giving you my vegetable dog food opinion.  Forget all that dog food marketing hype and please listen to what our wild dogs have to say.

Here's a good example...

One article I read said to chop up your dog's veggies before serving.  Another said to steam them to a mush.

Finally,  I read that if your dog food has all the nutrients she needs, you can forget about feeding your pal veggies.

Vegetables for dogs should be organic, raw and pureed for nutritional benefits.  This is the only way your pooch can digest them.  Period.

Only feed your doggy vegetables pureed for good digestionI also eat 'em pureed at times for variety... reminds me of sulsa. Try it!


Have some good tips about feeding your furry pal veggies?  Please share!... see our comments section at the bottom of this page.

Speaking of sharing... do you have a favorite veggie dog treat?  We'd like to hear about it!

This Page is a Work in Progress...

Nimble and I are adding some really neat, juicy stuff that your companion will surely benefit from!

Although I'm really swamped with my concrete work right now, Nimble and I are grabbing every opportunity to complete construction.

Furthermore... it's time consuming taking our own pictures... 

But...

It's worth it.  Pictures tell a thousand words and make reading fun!

Thanks so much for your patience.


Making Vegetables for Dogs


Raw veggies


Fido's raw meat diet should provide most most of her nutrients.  Of course... this includes the bones, organ meat, etc.  In addition...

Imitate those prey animal stomach contents when you feed your canine nutrient rich vegetables. 

I know... here I go again, but it's worth repeating...

...especially for those of you who haven't read my other all natural dog food pages.

Blend 'em up into a puree... this is the only way your carnivore can digest this super premium dog food!  Vegetables are pre-digested in the stomach contents of a wild dog's prey animal. 

If you want crunchy and chewy for your dog's desire to chew... fine.  Just remember to blend for easy digestion.

Is your pooch a little hesitant about her veggies?  No problem... here's a healthy topping that tastes like cheese!

If you're out in the woods and your dogs starts eating elk, deer or whatever poop, let her finish this (homemade) healthy dog food... 

Vegetables for dogs includes vegetation-filled wild animal poopThe greenish-brown fresh poop is from elk. The other stuff is coyote poop


My dog absolutely loves this raw delicacy...

You'll never find this "dog nutrition supplement" anywhere else!  Most times this organic human grade dog food is full of vegetation remnants (greens and sometimes berries and seeds). 

Furthermore... wild animal poop is full of healthy organisms!  No worries about parasites... don't make the de-wormer (poison) manufacturers, doctors and retailers rich!

I've never seen a wild dog taking medication for parasites.


Cooked vegetables

Cooking vegetables for dogs destroys the nutrients.  Period.   Forget about what the dog food “authorities” say...

... and remember what we said... “It depends what side of the 'best all natural dog food' fence you're on.” 

Also, tons of opinions are based on facts written by others that haven't “been there and done that!”

If raw dog food is not your thing, then cook (steaming is better) your dog's veggies.  Try to cook at the lowest heat for as long as possible.

“I don't remember seeing coyotes cooking their healthy dog food... arf!”  Nimble Doggy.

Cooking destroys nutrients.   The less you cook, the less destruction takes place (steaming, simmering on low heat., etc.).

There isn't a cooked veggie on this planet that comes close to our home-grown wheatgrass juice...

vegetables for dogs can include frehly made wheatgrass juiceFeed your doggy our fresh, home grown wheatgrass juice and watch her health improve!

Here's your cooking choices, from best to worst:


  • Steaming vegetables for dogs.  They must be steamed until soft enough so your dog's body can break them down.
  • Simmering veggies.  Simmer in a pan with a little water on low heat.  Again, simmer until soft for better dog food digestion.
  • Boiling, “nuking” (microwaving) and baking.  Serve when soft.  Personally... I've never nuked our food.  Thinking about the radiation makes me cringe. 


It's been touted that freeze-dried or dehydrated veggies retain most of their nutrients.  Because of the slower, low heat preparation process... it's possible there's  less nutrient destruction.


Choosing Vegetables for Dogs

Here's some good general advice to follow...


  • Fresh is the best.  Frozen can be your next best choice, followed by canned, dehydrated and freeze-dried vegetables for dogs.  Dehydration possibly preserves a good portion of the nutrients while removing the water. 

However, please remember vegetables and any other raw food is always most nutritious in its whole state!


Prey animals eat lot's of green leafy vegetation, so...


  • Leafy greens should make up a good portion of the mix.  The rest should consist of different types and colors.  Variety is the key.  Different colors and types means different nutrients for a good healthy dog food addition!

I grow sprouts, baby greens and wheat grass.  I could write pages on these vegetables for dogs and just about everything else covered in this article!  However, this page would become too lengthy...


  • Organic has the best dog food quality which usually rules out contaminants.   Some non-organic vegetables are fine.  However, you must talk with the reliable source (owner or manager) of where these vegetables are grown to make sure!  Don't count on customer service or the clerk!


How to Serve Up Those Vegetables for Dogs

How much?


I'd say about 10% of bouser's dog food diet... more or less.  Don't get too hung up on numbers!   I'm against over-analyzing.  This also applies to feeding your doggie "human food" treats such as yogurt...

Coyotes around here eat nothing but blackberries for about a month or two! (vegetable replacement).  They also graze on wild strawberries!

Speaking of...

A good example of proper dog food combining...

They also eat lot's of apples with the berries.  However, upon examining the wild dogs' poop, I've noticed the apple chunks are undigested (they weren't broken down before eating).  Furthermore... no bones or hair are mixed in.  Only poop the color of blackberries!

By the way... do you still need more proof that it's ok to feed your doggy apples?  No problem...here you go.  Tap here.

Back to the veggies...

Even eating healthy vegetables too fast can cause doggie upset stomach.  Tap here to choose one of our home made dog upset stomach remedies.

Wild dogs know instinctively how to practice...


Proper dog food combining!


You can feed veggies with your dog's meaty bones or pre-made dog food.  Feed vegetables alone any time of day.  After feeding fruit treats for dogs, wait about an hour before feeding veggies or meaty bones.

Wait about 2-3 hours after eating meat or veggies before eating fruit dog treats.

Here is a link to a food combining chart for a more thorough dog food combining plan

I'll-combined dog foods sit in the stomach for hours while rotting and fermenting!  A dog's short digestive tract is designed to pass that stuff fast... especially meat before it begins to spoil!

"Make sure you puree your doggie's veggies before serving... arf!"

Dogs should eat vegetables so they can be healthy like Nimble!Nimble reminds us variety and moderation when feeding vegetables is key (as with other foods).


Here's Vegetables for Dogs That are Unhealthy... Some Even Poisonous!

 

Some vegetables are definitely poisonous for your dog.   Others probably aren't as bad.   However, when consumed over time or in large amounts they may cause problems.  Unfortunately, there are conflicting opinions.. sorry.  This seems common in the dog food world!

Don't get hung up on one type of vegetable (or any safe healthy dog food) because you read somewhere that “this vegetable is the healthiest for your dog!”  With variety, your dog's body will use what it needs and get rid of what it doesn't need.  Other healthy dog food nutrients will be stored for a rainy day... like a bank!

Furthermore....

With all the wonderful choices and availability, why take a chance?   Exclude veggies that you feel are foods poisonous to dogs.

Some veggies as well as other healthy dog foods make great natural remedies for dogs... click here.


List of Unhealthy Vegetables for dogs


Instead of going into detail with a long list, I'll provide a link that should keep an updated list for easy access...


  • Pet Poison Helpline.  Click on Poison List on the Home Page.   You'll see a long list.  On the left side of the page you can decide your category for refined search results.

I have been feeding raw, pureed vegetables to my dogs for years.  Once a year I make a trip to the vet for a full-blown physical... blood work, thorough physical exam... you name it.  Sometimes I wonder why I do this!... so does my dog!


Our website is a work in progress!  We'd love it (and so would your dog) if you returned regularly to check out all our new articles.  We can't wait to expand on the topics above!  Also, we'll include our highly recommended products for you and your dog to choose from... only those we have used or would use ourselves.


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