Maybe you haven't fed your doggie raw fruit and vegetables for dogs because...
We'll easily (keeping it simple) cover your concerns listed above by demonstrating how we feed fruit and vegetables for dogs. This can only be done by duplicating (the best we can) how wild dogs do it.
So... loosen up... you've finally come to the right place! Here's an example of how we should...
Wild dogs love to eat really ripe apples. You've heard over and over again that apple seeds are poisonous to dogs. I've never seen a dead coyote during the Autumn apple season.
This time of the year they gorge on apples and blackberries around here. There's tons of coyote poop full of apple seeds and apple chunks. Dogs can't digest the seeds!
I even grind up Nimble's apples... seeds and all. However... I only feed them once in awhile. They're alternated with other fruits.
It's no wonder you're hesitant!
We study the diets of wild dogs in their environment. Furthermore... we've been there and done that. Nimble's health (and my first doggie) are living proof that raw, pureed fruit and vegetables for dogs is the only way to go.
However, because our pals live in our environment (and we don't live in theirs)... some adjustments need to be made.
Nimble's health is as mother nature intended. Unfortunately, most dogs can't enjoy living a disease-free life. Hopefully... we aim to change that.
Our focus has always been on variety and moderation... not keeping track of nutrients. Mother nature takes care of the rest.
However... everyone likes their cards dealt differently. So...
For those of you that enjoy a fruit and veggie review... you'll appreciate our list below (we hope!). There's tons of fruits and vegetables for dogs. Here's just a few we're fond of...
"Ok Scott & Nimble... let's get to that list"...
Oh... If your pal goes nuts over a new raw fruit or veggie and gets the runs... no worries. Her body is cleansing. If she eats something else and gets the squirts, gurgling tummy or whatever... give our home made remedies page a glance.
Sweet and tasty... this is one of the few vegetables for dogs Nimble will gnaw on. The carrot is a root vegetable and available in a variety of different colors. We eat the tops (greens) also.
It's been said that carrots are a vision enhancing veggie due to it's richness of alpha and beta-carotene. They're a good source of vitamin K and vitamin B6. Storage: excellent in your cooler.
Consisting of about 90% water... cucumbers are classified as fruits by many (as well as tomatoes and avocados) because of their high water content.
Although not as rich in nutrients like other veggies... I love to puree them with Nimble's vegetables because the high water content helps to blend the vegetables into a slurry.
They're high in Vitamin K. There's small traces of many other vitamins and minerals. Storage: we keep them in an open container in the 'frig. If the container is closed... sometimes they get slimy and soft.
Baked yams... yum! They also make great all natural dog treats. However... Nimble and me eat 'em raw... oh well. The root (or tuber) of the plant is the part that's consumed. You should include raw, organic yams or other tubers with your vegetables for dogs.
With moderate nutrient density... this tuber is high in potassium, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamin and dietary fiber. There's smaller amounts of other nutrients. Storage: lasts a long time in or out of the 'frig.
Growing your own is rewarding and too easy...
Like these tasty, crunchy bean sprouts!...
Sprouting seeds causes an improved nutritional change. For instance... a barley seed has about 12.7% crude protein before sprouting. After 7 days of sprouting, this increases to 15.5%! Furthermore...
Your dog will digest seeds much easier after sprouting (and pureeing).
Bacterial infections such as salmonella have been associated with commercially grown sprouts (mass production = undesirable growing conditions). We've been growing them for years and never had a problem with this nutrient-packed vegetable for dogs.
Nutrients needed for good dog health abound... phytochemicals, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and a good source of energy to name a few. Storage: I keep home-grown sprouts in a sealed glass (canning) jar in the 'frig for up to seven days. Store-bought sprouts don't last very long!
This herb is used a lot as a garnish. That's ashamed... it's a very nutrient dense veggie green. Here's another. Although it's not the tastiest of greens, does my doggie even care? This stuff is really packed with nutrients.
Nimble doggy gets a dose of antioxidants, flavonoids, luteolin, apigenin and folic acid when she eats this stuff. And if that weren't enough... throw in some vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C along with many other vitamins and minerals...
You can't go wrong with greens! Storage: excellent in your 'frig.
Chard has very nutritious leaves like other green leafy vegetables for dogs. It's called many different names such as swiss chard, perpetual spinach, silver beet, leaf beet, beet spinach and seakale beet.
Ready for this? It's packed with vitamins A, K and C to name a few. Minerals such as iron, potassium, manganese and magnesium... as well as many others... are just waiting for your canine companion! This stuff also has a lot of vitamin E. Storage: about a week in your 'frig... the larger leaves bruise easily.
The proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” dates from 19th century Wales. How about “An apple a day and no doggie doctor to pay.” This also applies to all fruit, veggies and other raw dog food.
Can dogs eat apples? What about those seeds? We've never had a problem! Click here to learn about dogs and apples. High in fiber and moderate in nutrients... I feed them to my doggie now and then. Remember... variety and moderation.
Storage: excellent! Store them in your cooler for weeks.
Good 'ole citrus. Citrus fruit juices are used in household cleaners. They also clean the inside of your doggy's body (as well as other raw fruits and vegetables for dogs). Everyone knows oranges are loaded with vitamin C. However, your furry pal's body produces it's own vitamin C.
Other dog nutrition such as vitamins and minerals are plentiful in smaller amounts. Phytochemicals, flavonoids and organic compounds are also found in this tasty, juicy fruit. Storage: excellent! We keep them in 'frig. Tip... use a spoon to peel them.
Soft, sweet, hardy and juicy! I've never eaten one I (or Nimble) didn't like. Whenever I add kiwifruit to Nimble doggy's blended fruit... she's much more interested in lapping up this nutritional dog food.
There's about 60 species of kiwifruit. The fuzzy kiwifruit is the one most commonly sold... it's pictured here and is the one we're bragging about.
This fruit is a good source of fiber (all fruits and veggies are). Also, lots of vitamins C, K and E. There's smaller amounts of numerous other vitamins and minerals. Storage: keeps forever in the 'frig!
Gosh... there's tons of 'em here in the fall! They'll make your doggy's poop turn dark... no worries. Check out this wild dog poop Nimble found... evidence of canines gorging on blackberries.
This fruit has large amounts of Vitamins C and K while loaded with fiber (as with other fruits and vegetables for dogs). Even though other nutrients are available in smaller amounts... feeding a variety of all fruits (and vegetables) will give your furry companion tons of other dog nutrition.
Storage: keep in your refrigerator. Firm berries will keep at least a week. We've found that the really soft, ripe berries need to be eaten within 2-3 days.
Variety means an assortment of different colored fruits including acid, sub-acid and sweet fruits. All the fruits above including mangoes are acid and sub-acid.
Nimble loves the flesh of this fruit whole, by itself. Upon examining her poop afterwards, most of this tasty, soft fruit is digested... same with other soft fruits.
Discard the large inner seed as well as others found in fruits such as plums, peaches, etc. These delicious tropical fruits are loaded with a variety of nutrients... with vitamin C and folate in large amounts. Storage: they'll keep in your 'frig a few days after ripened.
Include sweet fruits like bananas in your canine's dog diet. For an occasional treat... I peel the really ripe bananas. Then, I chop 'em into pieces and freeze until rock-hard (Nimble likes them this way). For me... I let them thaw a little... then enjoy this “vanilla” ice cream. Out'ta this world!
To ripen, put them into a brown paper bag with an apple or tomato. Bananas are a rich source of vitamin B6. Manganese, dietary fiber and vitamin C are available in moderate amounts. Storage: once ripe, they need to be eaten asap. I keep ripe bananas in a cool, dark cupboard.
Just tap on this link... all you need to know about feeding your dog veggies. This is also our way to get you to read another one of our pages... ha!
Everything on this other vegetables for dogs page applies to fruit as well. One exception though... proper dog food combining with fruit (see below).
Do you still have questions and concerns about these natural dog foods after reading both of our pages? Please shoot us a call by using our Contact Us page or the comments section below. Your dog's health is our top priority!
Combining vegetables for dogs with other foods is different than fruit combining...
Need a list of poisonous fruits and vegetables? Want to play it safe? Good... just click this link. Although we don't agree with every item on this list... better safe than sorry!
There's ton's of tasty, nutritious fruits and vegetables for dogs to choose from.
One more thing you should know...
Some soft, juicy fruits like very ripe blackberries and mangoes will digest without pureeing first. Coyote poop is full of blackberries for a couple months... completely digested except for the seeds! You'll see another type of seed in this blackberry-filled coyote poop Nimble found.
You can't go wrong!
Feeding you furry companion fruit and veggies (as well as other healthy, raw dog food) will make your dog...
I witnessed my first doggy's health turn around after adopting her at age six. She was a very unhealthy pooch. Her body couldn't get enough fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds with her new raw meat dog food diet.
Fruit and vegetables for dogs played a big role in her recovery even though it was only 10-20% of her healthy dog food diet (including some nut and seed butters).
But... if you cook it... you'll kill it. Serve vegetables for your dog raw... your dog will thank you with a big smack right on the kisser!
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