What Vegetables Are Good For Dogs

What vegetables are good for dogs? Is there really any way to find out what a dog likes and what he doesn’t? Well, if you ask me, I say go for it! Let’s go and discover what kind of vegetables are good for dogs.

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If your pet likes dark green or red leafy vegetables, then you’ve found a winner. These vegetables contain lots of antioxidants and essential vitamins, such as riboflavin, thiamine, folic acid, and magnesium. These are also great sources of minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and sodium.


Why Are Green Beans Good For Dogs:

What Vegetables Are Good For Dogs

Green beans contain a great deal of protein, including high-quality protein, which strengthens bones and muscles. They’re also a good source of fiber, iron, magnesium, and potassium. The next time you have dinner cooked with green beans, try serving them to your dog instead. They’ll love it!


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Green beans are a great healthy alternative to dog treats because they are full of minerals and vitamins. They are also a low-calorie snack and can therefore help if your pet is overweight. – ( Source- American Kennel Club. )

Dogs With Heart Health Issues:

If your dog has a history of heart disease or high blood pressure, you may want to avoid foods that are high in fat and cholesterol. Some of these include dairy products, fatty meats, poultry, and fish.

However, if your dog already has a heart problem, then it’s probably a good idea to feed him cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, and collard greens. You can find fresh and raw cauliflower online or at your local farmer’s market.

Cauliflower is low in calories and it provides your dog with plenty of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and fiber. It’s a great addition to your dog’s diet because of the vitamins it contains and because of the way it fills the stomach.

Cauliflower florets are so small that they won’t get swallowed well by hungry dogs! Your pet will enjoy having a small amount of broccoli or cabbage in their dish. If your dog eats too much of these vegetables, it can cause constipation and bloating.

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Cauliflower and broccoli boost cancer protection – (Source – Cancer Research UK ). Cauliflower will help with cancer prevention because it contains sulforaphane, which is a sulfur compound. It can be responsible for killing cancer stem cells.


What Vegetables Are Good For Dogs With Diabetes:

Because of the glucose content of the vegetable’s flesh, it may help to control your dog’s blood sugar levels. Some studies even suggest that asparagus has diuretic properties and can prevent kidney failure in dogs with diabetes.

The steamed leaves and stems of asparagus should be given with sugar-free boiled rice. You can make this a delicious diabetic dinner by steaming the asparagus and leaving out the sugar.

Surprisingly, carrots can be a good treat for dogs with diabetes. ( Source – reference.com) A diabetic dog treat can have a mix of vegetables such as sweet carrots, cooked spinach, and mashed potatoes in a basket. Make this a tasty treat each day. You can also use carrots to make a nice and wholesome soup.

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Carrots help clean the teeth and therefore promote good dental health.


Dogs With Allergies:

Some dogs have allergies to certain foods like corn, soy, and wheat. These foods should be avoided as much as possible since they can make your dog sick. However, if you cannot avoid them, be sure to give your dog a safe and healthy diet including cooked or steamed vegetables, fruits, meat, and milk.

Please read our post on Best Dog Food For Dogs With Allergies.


What Vegetables Are Good For Dogs With Arthritis:

Good vegetables include carrots, green beans, celery, broccoli, and parsley. ( Source – vetinfo.com ). Dark green leafy vegetables like broccoli, turnips, kale, and cabbage are good choices. They are high in fiber, low in starch, and rich in vitamins C, E, and K. To prepare these veggies for your dog, steam or boil them before using them. Alternatively, mash the vegetables to get rid of most of the starch.

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Arthritis affects 4 out of 5 older dogs and is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs.

Dogs With Urinary Tract Infection:

If your dog has a urinary tract infection (UTI), be sure to use only bland, non-starchy vegetables such as dark green, red, and yellow peppers, zucchini, carrots, and okra. Onions and garlic either chopped up finely or chopped into small pieces are fine for feeding.

Foods to avoid because they are known to aggravate this condition, include spinach, asparagus, carrots, and dairy products.


Common FAQs:


Dogs That Need To Lose Weight:

Nutritionists agree that it is best to avoid sweets and instead, feed your pooch low-calorie diets, raw vegetables, and meat that is high in the meat’s own protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Some experts even recommend giving your pet cooked bones, instead of meat, as bones are more filling than meat.

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53% of adult dogs in the US are obese or overweight.


Whatever you decide to feed your pet, remember to control the portions. Dogs love to eat, but if they aren’t getting enough of one type of food, they’ll go after the next until they’ve had their fill.

Obesity in dogs, as well as their owners, is an increasing problem. Regular exercise combined with the right diet will help all to a better quality of life. What better reason for doing this.


Disclaimer: All material on this website is provided for your information only. It may not be construed as medical advice. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information. Instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals or veterinarians on any matter relating to their pet’s health and well-being. The publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions.

2 thoughts on “What Vegetables Are Good For Dogs”

  1. Thank you for very interesting article. To be fair I had no idea that vegetables can be good for dog. I didn’t include them in my pups diet, but now Im seeing that it was mistake. Especially green beans seems good ad-on for day to day diet and definitely I will start giving it to my dog(yet Im wondering if he will like it). Great post !

    • Cogito

      Thank you for taking the time to post. So glad that you enjoyed the content and found it of use. 

      As a side note, mine love carrots.


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