Should You Feed Your Pet Vegetables?
Wondering if it’s okay to feed your dog or cat fruits and vegetables? Not only is it okay, but feeding your four-legged friends the right fruits and vegetables can improve their health and help them live longer.
Fruits and vegetables are generally low in calories, which means they make great treats for pets on a diet.
As for how much to feed a pet, I don’t suggest a particular amount, as long as the vegetables or fruits make up no more than 20 to 25 percent of a dog’s diet (if you are feeding a processed natural food) or 40 to 50 percent of a natural homemade diet.
Most dogs like carrots, either whole or cut into pieces.
The tops of carrots can be fed whole to pet rabbits and rodents, or chopped fine and used as a topping on dog food.
One compound found in carrots, falcarinol, has anticancer properties; another, beta-carotene, promotes healthy vision and also functions as an antioxidant to fight free radical cell damage.
Carrots may also reduce the risk of heart disease.
Broccoli is one of my favorite recommendations to pet owners, especially for pets with disorders of the immune system, including cancer.
Broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane, compounds that help control cancer by promoting “good” hormone levels (especially estrogen levels) and increasing the level of enzymes that help prevent cancer formation.
– via Rodale’s Organic Life
How To Cook Vegetables For Your Dog!
Want to add cooked vegetables to your dog’s diet but not sure which ones to choose or how to cook them? It’s important to know what your feeding your dog, what benefits certain vegetables have, and how you should prepare them first. We can help!
There are many ways to serve vegetables for your dogs other than raw, such as cooked, steamed, baked, roasted, grilled or dehydrated.
Dogs do enjoy vegetables raw as a yummy treat; however, they have short digestive systems and do not get as many nutrients out of eating vegetables raw as we humans.
A good way for dogs to get the full nutrients of the vegetables is to break them down in a pureed form. No matter how you prepare the vegetables for your dogs, do not use salt.
Dogs don’t always care for it and it is not good for dogs with heart conditions.
Here are a few vegetables you can feed your dog, as well as ways to prepare them, portion size, and their health benefits:
Sweet potatoes Preparation:
Sweet potatoes make a great chew if you dehydrate them. Cut them lengthwise, 1/4-inch thick. Just follow the vegetable dehydration instructions included your dehydrator.
You can also feed your dog mashed sweet potatoes. To prepare, peel and wash potatoes. Cut into quarters. Put into boiling water in a large pot and simmer for about 20 minutes. Test potatoes with a fork.
When they are fully tender, remove from pot, place in a heat-resistant container and mash with a potato masher.
Dog treat portion size: Half or one dehydrated chew, depending on size of dog. Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of mashed sweet potato in dog’s dry dog food.
Benefits: Great source of vitamin A. Good source of vitamins C, B6 and B5, manganese, potassium and fiber.
Brussels sprouts Preparation:
Choose Brussels sprouts that are green, feel firm and don’t smell too strong. Wash thoroughly and cut off the stems, leaving enough stem that the leaves are still intact.
Some chefs advise cutting a little X to in the stem to help the core to cook.
You can then microwave the sprouts with water for up to 8 minutes, steam them for 5 minutes or boil the sprouts for up to 10 minutes – a little less for more crunchiness.
Dog treat portion size: 1/2 to 2 sprouts, depending upon the dog’s size
Benefits: Great source of vitamins K and C. Good source of manganese, folate, fiber, potassium and vitamins A, B1 and B6
– via www.dogchannel.com
Do you feed your pets fruits and vegetables? Do they have a favorite? How do you prepare them?