Eat your greens!
Just as we encourage young children to eat their veggies, our pets can also benefit from adding more plant food to their diet.
Vegetables should be baked or steamed, cut into smallish pieces, and only given in small amounts at a time. The only exception is carrot, which is fine raw or cooked. This will prevent both choking and an overload of carbohydrates and calorie-rich foods. You can offer the vegetables and fruits by themselves, or you might mash or puree them and mix them up with prepared food given at meal times. Dogs are omnivorous, and therefore generally open to trying different kinds of foods. Cats, on the other hand, are carnivorous and are constitutionally incapable of digesting some types of foods. It is best to check with your vet before offering new plant foods to your pet.
These plant treats are safe for most breeds.
- Apples and pears (serve without seeds or core)
- Blueberries – serve them frozen as a treat on a hot day
- Sweet potato or pumpkin (cooked: cubed or mashed without butter)
- Squash or zucchini cooked in leftover stock and served cold
- Carrots – raw or cooked
- Popcorn – unsalted and unbuttered
- Watermelon – no seeds
- Green beans