What Vegetables Can Dogs Eat?

What Vegetables Can Dogs Eat

Many of the top name brand foods on the market contain veggies, and for good reason. Vegetables are necessary in your dog’s diet, believe it or not. Vegetables have so many vitamins and minerals, and they can also boost healthy digestion. Some of the veggies are more starchy than others, and these have more calories and should be given in smaller portions. Veggies that are non-starchy don’t have as many calories or fat, but they offer fiber and other nutrients. So, what vegetables can dogs eat? This is a question that we are asked often.

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There are many veggies that are okay for your pup, but there are some that should be avoided. This is why you have to be really careful. When you introduce your pet to a new veggie, you will want to make sure that you look out for any nausea, loose stools or flatulence. This may be a sign of intolerance.

How to Feed Veggies to Your Pet


If you are planning to feed your pup veggies from home, rather than choose a food that incorporates them, then you will need to know how to prepare them. Dogs actually have a very short digestive tract compared to humans, so they don’t get the nutrients from raw veggies like we do. They need them cooked, baked, steamed, grilled, dehydrated or pureed. Also, dogs don’t need salt added to their diet, so don’t try to season up the veggies to make them more appetizing. This can lead to poor heart health and other issues down the road.

Take a look at the veggies that are safe for your pet. We will not only go over some of the best veggies to add to your pup’s diet, but we will also take a look at portion size and ideal preparation, along with the benefits that come along with the veggies. This will help you when it comes to offering your pet the best nutrition possible.

10 Vegetables Dogs Can Eat

Asparagus1. Asparagus

Asparagus offers a great deal of health benefits for your pup. First of all, it is a great source of many vitamins, including vitamins A, C, E and K, along with B1 and B2. It is also a good source of folate, copper, fiber, iron, potassium and manganese minerals. To prepare asparagus for your dog to eat, start by removing the ends and washing them. Toss them in olive oil, and grill them for a minute on each side. Cut them into bite size pieces, and feed your pup a couple of the pieces. Save the rest for a snack later, or as a side dish for your own meal.

Broccoli2. Broccoli

Broccoli is another great veggie that is packed full of benefits. It contains Vitamins A, C and K, and it also offers your pup folate, fiber and manganese. To prepare broccoli for your pup, start by cutting it into small pieces and washing it. Then, steam it on your stovetop for about 8 minutes, or until tender. If you prefer to microwave it, you can do that too. Put it in a bowl of water and microwave for 5 minutes. One or two broccoli florets makes the perfect sized healthy snack for your pup.

Brussels Sprouts3. Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts offer Vitamins A, B1, B6, C and K. They also have manganese, fiber, folate and potassium. When you choose Brussels sprouts for your pup, you will want them to be firm and green. Cut the stems off and wash them thoroughly. Then, steam or boil them on your stovetop until they are tender. Some dogs prefer them crunchy, but this is something that you can play around with a bit. When serving the sprouts, make sure that you cut them in half. You will want to start out giving them just a half, but if they tolerate it well they can have up to two whole sprouts as a snack or treat.

Carrots4. Carrots

Carrots are not just healthy for humans. They offer great benefits to your dog as well. They are an excellent source of Vitamin A, and they also offer vitamins C and K, along with potassium and fiber. To serve carrots, it is recommended that you cut them up into bite size pieces and boil them for ten minutes or so, until they are tender. A couple bite sized pieces will be plenty for your dog to get the nutrients, so don’t overdo it. Too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing, if you really think about it!

Cauliflower5. Cauliflower

Cauliflower is packed with vitamins B6, C and K. It also has certain minerals, including choline and folate. To prepare cauliflower, it is recommended that you wash it thoroughly and grill it for five minutes on each side. You can boil or steam it as well, but grilled cauliflower will provide the perfect texture and crunch that your dog will be sure to love. A couple florets is an ideal size snack, depending on the size of your dog. Of course, if they are a small or mini breed, you may want to go with smaller florets.

Cucumbers6. Cucumbers

Cucumbers are one of the best sources of Vitamin K. To serve cucumbers, you will want to wash them and peel them first. Then, cut them in half and remove the seeds. Cut them into bite sized chunks and boil them for five minutes. Next, you will want to strain them, and they will be ready to serve. The truth is, sometimes cucumbers are a little bland. Seasoning is okay, as long as it is a dog safe seasoning, and nothing that contains salt because it is bad for their heart health. A couple bite sized pieces is ideal.

Green Beans7. Green Beans

Green beans are probably one of the most common veggies served throughout the world. They offer your dog an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K, along with decent amounts of fiber and manganese. You don’t want to go with canned green beans, because they have preservatives. Instead, take fresh green beans, and cut the ends off. Wash them thoroughly and cook them for about ten minutes in boiling water, covered. A few bite sized pieces of green beans is the perfect size. As with other veggies that you boil or steam, let them cool before serving them to your pup.

Peas8. Peas

Peas are probably one of the most nutrient rich veggies that you can serve your pup. They are full of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and K. They are also an excellent source of fiber, manganese, folate, protein, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and potassium. Choose from snow peas, sugar snap peas or English peas. If you are feeding sugar snap peas or snow peas, you can serve them with the shells, but the English peas need to be shelled. Grilling them or boiling them for a few minutes is the best way to prepare them, and you can serve one or two of the snap peas or snow peas, or a tablespoon or two of English peas.

Potatoes9. Potatoes

Potatoes are actually an ingredient found in many commercial dog foods. They offer vitamins B6 and C, along with manganese, fiber and potassium. To serve potatoes, you will want to roast them in narrow slices, with the peel. It is best to roast them for around 20 minutes, unless your dog likes them a bit crispier. If so, then you can roast them a bit longer. Give them one or two slices, depending on their size. It is an excellent carbohydrate source, but you don’t want to overfeed them when it comes to potatoes.

Sweet Potatoes10. Sweet Potatoes

Finally, we have sweet potatoes. They are excellent sources of Vitamins A, B5, B6 and C. They are also full of fiber, potassium and manganese. To prepare sweet potatoes, it is best to dehydrate them. If you don’t have a food dehydrator, then you can boil them and serve them in small bite sized chunks. You can even mash them if you would like. Just make sure that they are tender, and cooled before you serve them. The perfect portion size is around a tablespoon of mashed, one or two small cubes, or a slice of dehydrated sweet potato.


 

As you can see, there are a variety of different veggies that are completely safe, and nutritious, for your dog. That doesn’t mean that you can feed them any and all veggies. Dogs cannot safely consume garlic or onions, as it can lead to stomach upset and other health concerns. The truth is, most dogs have allergies to these veggies. As long as you stick with the top ten veggies on our list, then your dog should be safe. Just remember to introduce veggies slowly, to make sure that your pup will be able to handle them. Just as you would feed a growing baby new foods one at a time to see if they agree with them, you will do the same with your dog.

Now that you know what vegetables dogs can eat, you will be able to offer them healthier treat options. You will also be able to take a closer look at the ingredients on your dog’s food and see what veggies are offered, and understand the benefits that come along with them. This may really help when it comes to choosing the best dog food for your pup, so that you can ensure optimal nutrition.

So what’s your dog’s favorite vegetable?
Tell us in the comments below!


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I've been a dog lover since the day I was born but it's the current four legged love of my life, Phoebe who inspired me to create the Munch.Zone.

We moved together from Israel to New York in 2013, love hiking together, and never pass up a trip to the dog park. Watching her over the years sparked so many questions about dog behavior and health needs, and it wasn't always easy to find answers. Thus, the Munch.Zone was born.

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11 thoughts on “What Vegetables Can Dogs Eat?

  1. Carrots! My yorkie mix is obsessed with carrots. I’ll have to try some of these others before she turns orange on me.

  2. Our pup LOVES his veggies! We are vegetarians, so we feed him veggie treats on occasion. One thing that we noticed is that he isn’t a fan of carrots unless we steam them and mash them. I’m not sure what it is about cubes of cooked carrots that isn’t appetizing to him, but mashing usually helps a lot!

  3. I had no idea they could even eat veggies, that’s pretty cool. I remember trying to give a dog a carrot back when I was a kid, but my mother freaked out on me saying it was bad, I guess she was wrong. Anyways, I’m going to see if my dog will eat any of these veggies.

  4. My dog loves carrots and broccoli, much more than I do in fact. I never thought to give my dog any of the other veggies listed here, but asparagus sounds like something worth trying to feed him, well I’ll mix and match it all together to see if my dog will eat them.

  5. One of our pups really loves to eat veggies. We have two Pit Bulls, and one of them really loves to snack on veggies, but our other pup turns his nose up to them! He only wants bagged treats as a snack, and we are trying to break him from that. I am going to try some of these other ways to prepare them to see if it changes anything.

  6. My dogs particularly love carrots and cucumbers. Anytime I am making dinner with either of these vegetables, all three of them come to the kitchen because I usually will give them the little end pieces. I never had dogs that liked vegetables as much as my two dachshunds and Great Dane mix.

  7. Our Lab & Lab/Border Collie mix have eaten most of this list, love all of them. Even tomatoes aren’t safe, they have to try those too. Carrots they usually get as a snack, sweet potatoes they love, especially a brand of sweet potato snacks called Sam’s Yams which are nothing but rawhide like sliced sweet potatoes. They really have to work on them. Green Beans really get them happy.

    Fruits are another favorite. Bananas, berries, apples, oranges, watermelon & cantaloupe just to name a few. They get pumpkin as well since it’s good for them as well. Not too often since too much sill come out like it goes in. I usually reserve that (usually Libby’s) as desert after dinner.

    They basically eat better than their puppy parents.

  8. Shay, I love the way you described Phoebe “the current four legged love of my life”.

    All my guys currently eat most of the veggies on the list, but I came to inquire about sugar snap peas. They love them! Thanks for the post.

    • My puppy loves sugar snap peas too! I give them to her exactly as I eat them — raw — and she adores them. Are they ok for her now and then as a snack. She also adores zucchini, squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, little tiny white potatoes — all of which I cook. In fact, she turns her nose up now at all “store-bought” doggie treats. She’s a 7-month-old shorky (Yorkie/Shitzu mix).

    • I was here about sugar snap peas too. They are the only thing my standard poodle steals off my table. I have left a steak dinner and she is fine. She needs the starch so I can get a few pounds on her.

  9. I read online artichokes are very good for dogs. my older dogs who passed away loved them and I heard they were good for his liver.

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