Healthy Snacks You Can Share With Your Dog: Fruit and Veggie Edition

Recently I was wasting time on Facebook and someone in a group I’m in all about dogs (Cool Dog Group, it’s amazing, for srs) asked a question. Do you ever feel guilty when you’re eating chocolate and your dog is watching you, not knowing why you won’t give him some? First of all, no, I didn’t feel guilty about giving my dog chocolate, UNTIL YOU MENTIONED IT. Second, there are tons of things you can share with your pup that are perfectly safe!

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No Bing, delicious Sharp Italian hoagies from Larry’s Cold Cuts are not dog-approved. Plus I wouldn’t share my hoagie with a human – it’s too delicious!

Bingley learned pretty quickly that the sound of the veggie peeler means snack time! He’ll be sound asleep on the other end of the apartment and come running if he hears the peeler.

 

Apples

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DO NOT feed the seeds or core of the apple. Apple seeds contain poisonous chemicals and a dog can choke on the core.

 

Berries

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Oh man, who wouldn’t want to eat these? My mouth is watering just looking at these wild Alaska berries.

Bingley LOVES berries, especially strawberries. Just pull off the leaves.

 

Watermelon

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No he did not eat the whole thing. I’d scooped out the insides and let him lap up the juice! Kept him busy for an hour!

Bing and I both love watermelon in the summer at the peak of its flavor. We always get the seedless variety (it’s nearly impossible to find seeded watermelon around here) but if yours has seeds, remove them before giving watermelon to your pup.

 

Cantaloupe/Honeydew

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Mmmm.

Melons in general are safe for dogs, just avoid the seeds and rind.

 

Bananas

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I used to eat bananas daily, and that little nub at the bottom of the peel always went to Bingley! Freeze pieces for a fun snack.

 

Green beans

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These green crunchy snacks are safe raw or cooked as long as you don’t put any seasoning on them.

 

Carrots

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Also great raw or cooked. When I cut and peel carrots, Bing always gets some of the trimmings!

Pumpkin/Winter Squash

800px-Cucurbita_moschata_Butternut_2012_G2Serve to your pup cooked, cubed or mashed without butter or seasoning. Canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling) can be stirred into your pet’s dry kibble for help with loose stools, too!

Sweet Potato

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Summer Squash/Zucchini/Cucumber

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Cucumber is another one of those veggies that Bing always gets the ends of when I’m cutting them up. I would say avoid feeding to much of the skin if it’s got a waxy coating: stick to English/burpless cukes or smaller Persian cukes, neither of which have a wax coating.

Lettuce

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I don’t know why, but Bingley always tries to pull the ends of the Romaine out of the garbage when I’m making a salad. It’s safe, though!

Spinach

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I’ve been known to drop a few spinach leaves on the floor when making salad, and I don’t have to worry about them getting noshed on by Bing.

All of these foods are safe for dogs in moderation, and you don’t have to feel guilty about not sharing them with your pup! Do you have a pup that loves fruit or veggies? Let me know in the comments!

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10 comments

  1. I am so jealous that Bing will eat fruits and veggies. Ginger looks at us like “What the hell is this?” if we try to give her produce. She will eat warm green beans mixed in her bowl of food occasionally and that’s it. Yet another reason Bingley is a good dog!

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  2. All of our dogs when we were growing up loved veggies! But the best “treat” of all for dogs are ice cubes!! My brother’s dogs come running when they hear the ice dispenser!!

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  3. I love this! Our 3 pups are fans of fruits and veggies as well; even old man Husker who only has 4 teeth left loves the healthy stuff! Haha. I’ve tried giving them lettuce and spinach before, but they are all divas, and will only eat those with dressing, so I mainly stick with apples, carrots, cantaloupe, and plain steamed veggies. And I always have cans of plain pumpkin on hand in case they have tummy issues. Bingley looks so cute with his head in that watermelon!

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