We have all been told that we need to eat our fruits and vegetables to stay healthy at some point in our lives. Well I am here to tell you that fruits and vegetables are wonderful snacks for dogs on occasion as well! Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. I know, dogs are omnivores, but a slice of carrot from time to time is a great snack.
Furthermore, most dogs enjoy fruits and veggies on occasion. The Shih Tzu puppies I raise in my responsible breeding program love nothing more than a slice of a red bell pepper. Just be sure to remove the skin, seeds and pits from fruits and veggies before feeding. Also, cut the fruit or veggie into bite size portions that aren’t likely to cause a choking hazard. Remember to limit portions as well. A large portion may cause gastrointestinal upset.
Always check and make sure that the fruits and vegetables that you offer your pet are safe. Many of the fruits and vegetables that we eat on a daily basic are toxic to dogs. For example, a couple of grapes are enough to possibly kill a toy breed dog! Below is a list of some safe and not so safe fruit and vegetable options. If you want a more in-depth list, I highly recommend installing an app like PupTox on your phone. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your dogs health and well being.
I hope you enjoy browsing the fruit & vegetable lists below. Furthermore, I hope you Shih Tzu enjoys the tasty yet healthy treat. Don’t forget to supervise your pet to avoid a choking incident.
Healthy Fruits and veggies list
- Sweet bell peppers
- Sweet potato
Fruits and veggies to avoid
- Raw/green potato