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Can I feed my dog vegetables? Advice from Dr Katrina Warren

Posted November 17, 2023 by Danny Reid Category: Dogs

Dogs and humans have a different digestive systems, so naturally this means some foods that are safe for people can be harmful or even very dangerous for dogs.

9Honey’s Dr Katrina Warren shares what foods should and shouldn’t be included in your pup’s diet.

Supplementing your dog’s diet with vegetables can benefit their overall health and well-being. Vegetables offer essential nutrients that can help to support the immune system and promote healthy skin and coat.

Vegetables can also help with weight management as many veggies are usually low in calories and high in fibre, which can help keep dogs feeling full and satisfied.

The fibre in veggies can help promote regular bowel movements, plus vegetables can also help to support a healthy gut microbiome, which can have a positive impact on overall health.

But vegetables should only be fed in moderation, and I recommend steaming the vegetables first to soften them. Then make sure they are cut into bite-sized pieces so they are not a choking hazard. Do not add any oil, butter or flavours, as this could cause diarrhoea. 

Not all vegetables are safe for dogs, but here are a some that are:

  • Carrots – can be given raw or steamed, but be careful of choking

  • Broccoli – should be steamed

  • Green beans – can be given raw or steamed, but be careful of choking

  • Sweet potato – should be steamed

  • Pumpkin – should be steamed 

  • Peas – avoid canned peas as they usually have a lot of salt added

  • Cooked corn – but it must be taken off the cob first. Corn cobs are extremely dangerous for dogs, and can cause a bowel obstruction if eaten whole.

Other things to note

Any sudden change in diet can cause tummy upsets, so make sure to speak with your vet before you make changes.

Remember, onions and garlic are toxic (cooked and uncooked) and should never be given. Mushrooms, leeks and raw potato should be avoided too.

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