Fruit & Veg….why?

Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables in a Dog’s Diet:

Including fruits and vegetables in a dog’s diet can provide several health benefits, such as:

1. Fiber: Fruits and vegetables are a good source of fiber that can aid in digestion and help maintain a healthy weight.

2. Vitamins and Minerals: Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, C, and K, as well as potassium, calcium, and magnesium, that are important for overall health and wellbeing.

3. Antioxidants: Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, lycopene, and vitamin C, which can help reduce inflammation and protect against disease.

Range of Options:

There are many types of fruits and vegetables that can be included in a dog’s diet, including:

1. Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, collard greens, and parsley are all excellent sources of vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron.

2. Cruciferous Vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are high in fiber and contain antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation.

3. Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are rich in antioxidants and can help boost immune function.

4. Root Vegetables: Carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets are rich in fiber and essential vitamins and minerals.

5. Fruits: Apples, bananas, and oranges are all good sources of vitamins and minerals and can provide a natural source of energy.

Mix of Fruits and Vegetables:

A good mix of fruits and vegetables for a dog’s diet can include:

1. 50% Leafy Greens
2. 25% Cruciferous Vegetables
3. 15% Berries or Other Fruits
4. 10% Root Vegetables

This mix provides a good balance of essential nutrients and antioxidants.

Best Nutritional Profile:

The nutritional profile of fruits and vegetables can vary widely depending on the specific type and variety. However, a varied mix of different types of fruits and vegetables can provide a good balance of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Providing Fruits and Vegetables to a Dog:

Fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly and either chopped  or pureed before being added to a dog’s diet. It is important to avoid feeding dogs fruits and vegetables that are toxic to them, such as grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic. Fruits and vegetables should be included as part of a balanced diet that also includes high-quality protein, healthy fats, and other essential nutrients.


1. Brown, W. Y., Vanselow, B. A., Redman, A. J., Pluske, J. R., & Taylor, L. E. (2009). The nutritive value of raw and cooked Australian meats for dogs. Australian Veterinary Journal, 87(12), 483-488.

2. National Research Council. (2006). Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats. The National Academies Press.

3. Plantinga, E. A., Bosch, G., Hendriks, W. H., & van der Meer, Y. (2011). Dietary preferences and nutrient intake of cats and dogs: A literature review. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 95(2), 165-174.


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