Have you ever looked in the fruit bowl or in the vegetable compartment of your fridge and thought…..I wonder if this is safe for my dog?
Fruit and Vegetables carry many vital nutrients and vitamins which can help your dog’s health not only flourish but they will also love the taste of all the exciting flavours these superfood’s have to offer. Just like humans our bodies require many vital vitamins which are locked within these natural foods. At FRESCO we have added many of these vital fruits and vegetables to many of our Frozen RAW Food , Dry RAW foods and also across our range of Fillet & Burgers ingredients to give your dog that extra boost. These superfoods area great way to increase your dog’s digestive system without using any nasty synthetic vitamins like many other leading brands currently hide within their ingredients list.
The million pound question is, which fruit or vegetables are safe for my dog to eat? Not all fruits & veg are safe for your dog to digest as many contain high levels of natural sugar, but don’t worry we have put together a small guide of 5 super healthy additions you can happily add to feed alongside your dog’s FRESCO RAW food diet plan and also 5 types you simply must avoid!
Top 5 Fruits & Veg you CAN feed
Juicy apples offer many great healthy benefits your dog will love. They naturally contain antioxidants, both Vitamins A & C along with dietary fibre. Their crunchy texture can act like a doggy tooth brush too, many dog will also enjoying biting into this fruit and can at times treat it like a real chew. Thing to remember when feeding apples: Always wash before feeding (same as you would if a human was eating one) and be sure to remove the pip, core and seeds as these can contain traces of cyanide. We have added this crunchy fruit into our Superfood Rabbit Hamburgers with Apple & Kale.
As seen in our online store, we add this super tasty fruit into our Superfood Chicken Fillets and also our Superfood Mini Training Treats. This fruit offers a natural source of Vitamin C and Antioxidants which will help boost their immune system, brain activity and also their digestive system. Within our Superfood Chicken Mini Bones, we include both Blueberries & Cranberries for optimum health while training.
Sadly they don’t help your dog see in the dark as many myths may suggest, they do however act as a fantastic chew for your dog and also a helpful ingredient to add directly into their diet via means of their food or treats. Their semi hard & crunchy consistency offers your dog a low calorie, high in fibre and healthy ingredient for your dog’s diet. They are also excellent source of Vitamin A and Potassium. We have this tasty orange colour vegetable packed into our Superfood Turkey Training Bones and also with our Dry RAW Duck Menu, check them out!
Perhaps not the first fruit which comes to mind when deciding to feed your dog healthy fruit, though it does have many healthy benefits which your dog can enjoy. Packed with natural Vitamin A , Vitamin C and fibre, this juicy fruit can be enjoyed by both humans and dog’s. We do however recommend not feeding too much of this particular fruit, keep their intake daily to around a maximum of 10% of their recommended amount. Don’t forget to remove the pips & seeds too, as tempting as it may be to simple toss your dog a leftover core it can be equally as harmful. The seeds within the pear naturally contain cyanide which is harmful to dogs. All FRESCO products which contain pears have been hand cut to leave only the juicy fruit without seeds & pips, so you can be sure your dog can enjoy their Superfood Pear Mini Bones without worrying.
We all love to eat cucumbers with a summer salad and now you dog can too. They offer a low calorie option for your dog and can also be used a small training treats to feed alongside your dog’s FRESCO Dry RAW diet. They contain around 96% water & low in calories, making this green vegetable perfect for dogs who may be on a diet or for others who may be at their training stages. To prepare them, simply chop them into small manageable pieces and keep secure in a Tupperware tub during the day to keep them fresh. They are also great for long walks to keep your dog hydrated alongside their water bowl while offering them a reward in the hot summer weather at the same time.
Top 5 Fruits & Veg you CANNOT feed X
NO , dogs shouldn’t eat cherries. With the exception of the fleshy part around the seed, cherry plants contain cyanide and are toxic to dogs. Cyanide disrupts cellular oxygen transport, which means that your dog’s blood cells can’t get enough oxygen. If your dog eats cherries, be on the lookout for dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, and red gums, as these may be signs of cyanide poisoning.
NO, dogs should not eat avocado. While avocado may be a healthy snack for dog owners to eat with their toast in the morning, it should not be given to dogs at all. The pit, skin, and leaves of avocados contain persin, a toxin that often causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. The fleshy inside of the fruit doesn’t have as much persin as the rest of the plant, but it is still too much for dogs to handle, stay away from this tempting treat.
NO, dogs should not eat grapes. Grapes and raisins have both proved to be very toxic for dogs no matter the dog’s breed, sex, or age. In fact, grapes are so toxic that they can lead to acute sudden kidney failure. Definitely skip this dangerous treat.
NO, dogs should not eat onions. Onions, leeks, and chives are part of a family of plants called Allium that is poisonous to most pets, especially cats. Eating onions can cause your dog’s red blood cells to rupture, and can also cause vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain, and nausea. Poisoning from onions is more serious in Japanese breeds of dogs such as Akitas and Shiba Inus, but all dogs are very susceptible to it, stay clear of this eye watering vegetable!
Mushrooms (Wild Ones): X
Have you recently been out a walk with your pack and came across wild mushrooms growing in the under growth? As like all dogs, they will immediately investigate these during their walk but it is advised to pull them to stop them trying to taste test these. Although there are only 100 types of mushrooms which are poisonous, it can be hard, if not impossible to know which ones won’t cause harm and which ones will. Although store bought mushrooms will not harm your dog, its best to keep these out of their diet to avoid them trying to sample any wild growing varieties when out your walk. Instead keep a pack of our FRESCO treats tucked away in your pocket to keep them in line and to help your enjoy your afternoon stroll.
Do you feed your dog other varieties of healthy fruit and veg which help keep your dog healthy? Let us know below which ones are your dog’s favourites and which ones you tend to avoid. Comment below with your own doggy dinner recipes which include these “Superfood” ingredients.