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Vegetables for Dogs

Many people wonder if vegetables for dogs are a good thing to add to the dog’s diet. Many people believe that dogs will not eat vegetables, and in some cases this may be true. Dogs are much like people and have their own likes and dislikes. Some owners may have to do as some parents do and sneak the vegetables for dogs in their foods they like. What vegetable are good for dogs? Are there some vegetables that are bad for dogs? Below are some questions about vegetables for dogs that have been answered by the Experts.

Should a diet include vegetables for dogs?

Dogs should have a balanced diet just like we humans should. If a dog owner wants to cook their dog’s food they will need to keep that in mind. There are books that are available that have recipes for cooking a dog a balanced diet. A balanced diet includes vegetables for dogs; the vegetables can either raw or steamed and should account for one third of the dog’s diet.

What are some vegetables good for dogs?

There are some vegetables good for dogs. There are some vegetables that are not good vegetables for small dogs. These vegetables are high in oxalates, for dogs that are small these vegetables can be the cause of urinary problems. There are several vegetables that are low in oxalates and are good for dogs. A few of those vegetables are peas, turnips zucchini, acorn squash, cabbage, cauliflower, alfalfa sprouts, peas either fresh or frozen, and red peppers. The vegetables are good snacks as they are reduced in calories.

As a snack, are vegetables good for dogs that need to lose weight?

In many situations, vegetables are good for dogs especially as a snack for a dog that is trying to lose weight. Since vegetables are low in calories, they make healthy replacement snacks for a dog whose owner is trying to help lose weight. These snacks coupled with the appropriate amount of the right food, can aide in weight loss. Some good vegetables for snacks are celery and carrots as they have little to no calories but are filling.

What some of the vegetables that are bad for dogs?

There are vegetables that are bad for dogs, most of the time these vegetables that are not good for dogs have to be consumed in large quantities for them to be harmful. Leeks and onions if consumed in large quantities are toxic for dogs. If a dog does consume leeks or onions and the quantity that is unknown there are a few things to look for. Some of these things are vomiting or diarrhea, and the owner should check the dog’s gums to see if they are pale. If the gums are pale then a veterinarian consult may be needed.

Vegetables for dogs are a part of a balanced diet. They should make up one third of the diet of a dog. There are vegetables good for dogs and there are vegetables bad for dogs. Some of the vegetables good for dogs are squash and cabbage. Some of the vegetables bad for dogs are leeks and onions. Vegetables make good snacks for dogs. Especially for dogs that needs to lose weight. Questions about vegetables for dogs can be asked of the Experts.

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