Whether you are looking for a healthier treat for your dog or perhaps he needs to shed a few pounds. Fruit and vegetables can provide a great alternative to store bought or fatty dog treats.
Fruit and vegetable for dogs provide a low calories, tasty, crunchy and delicious treat.
Top 10 fruit and vegetables to feed your dog
Most dogs tend to enjoy fresh crunchy fruit and vegetables. I'm not sure why dogs like bananas, Tiger definitely does not, but I assure you some dogs really love them.
Below you will find 10 crunchy (and Bananas) fruit and vegetables that dogs love!
- Bell pepper
So... to answer your questions, YES, dogs can eat apples and they love them. Remember thought, that not all fruit and vegetables are good for dogs.
9 fruit and vegetables that are toxic to dogs
For all the benefits of feeding your dog fruit and vegetables, there are some, that you must not feed your dog.
- Apple Seeds - Contains Cyanide and is very toxic
- Grapes - can cause kidney damage.
- Citrus fruit - can cause an upset stomache
- Onions and Garlic - Toxic in any form and will elevate heart and respiratory rates causing collapse
- Rhubarb - toxic
- Wild mushrooms - Some varieties are toxic, cause seizures and organ failure and may be fatal
- Cherries - The pits are toxic as they contain cyanide
- Potatoes - Causes vomiting seizures and irregular heat rate
- Rhubarb - Depletes calcium level and results in kidney failure
So, YES feed your dog apples but as you can see by number 1, remove the seeds as these are toxic to dogs.
You may also limit the amount of fruit that your dog eats, as too much of some fruit may cause an upset stomach.
Recipes for yummy homemade doggy treats
Fruit and vegetables are a great ingredient to put in home made treats for your dog. Not only can home made treats be cheaper and healthier, you know exactly what is in your treats and can tailor them to suit your dogs taste and eating habits.
If you are looking to make homemade treats for your dog, it is important that you only use ingredients that are safe for your dog.
Here is an example of a tasty healthy doggy biscuit.
- 1 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats
- 1/4 cup of smooth peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1/2 tablespoon of fish oil
- 1 cup of water
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees celcius
- Mix the dry ingredients. Add half the water, peanut butter, honey, and fish oil and mix all the ingredients until they are well combined
- Slowly add the other half of the water until the mixture is the right consistency for biscuit dough
- Lightly flour a cooking surface. Roll the dough onto the cooking surface to create a 1/4 inch thick sheet and cut into shapes. (I also like to roll little balls and squash them onto baking paper)
- Place the cookies onto a tray with baking paper and bake for 40 minutes
- Allow to cool completely before giving these tasty treats to your dog
A great way to get lots of ideas for homemade treats is to find a good doggy recipe book. A good book should provide information about the ingredients, proportions, options and alternatives for doggy cooking.
Once you learn what is safe for your dog, you can expand your doggy cooking as far as your imagination stretches.
I have included some recommendation for doggy home cooking recipe books to get you started.
Shaggy Dog Eats is a simple recipe book with treats that can be easily made at home. Most of these recipes are fast and easy to make. They also make great gifts and are perfect for bake sales raising money for animal rescue organizations. A portion from every sale of this book will support animal rescue.
K-9 Nation Biscuit Book offers three dozen recipes that are sure to get tails wagging! The recipes are presented in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner that puts your dog's tastes first. each recipe emphasizes high-quality ingredients and sound baking tradition to ensure that your pooch is receiving a healthy treat.
The Natural Cookbook for Dogs includes essential info on nutrition and portion sizes. The recipes include treats and desserts, main meals and includes an important section on diets for our dogs with special needs. A portion of each sale goes to animal cancer research and funding for companion animals.