As pet parents, we love being able to spoil our furbabies. Luckily, you can spoil your pup with fruits and veggies! Not only will your dog feel loved, but their body will too. Always be sure to check with your vet before introducing new foods. Now, let’s take a look at 5 of our Fall favorites.
Fruits and Vegetables Dogs Can Eat 🍂
Can dogs have apples? Yes! Apples are a healthy and delicious snack for dogs. They contain potassium, vitamins A, and C, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. Be sure to wash, and remove the core and seeds before feeding. This low-calorie treat is best served as bite-sized pieces. You can also give your pup a small spoonful of unsweetened applesauce!
Cranberries may be small in size but are chock full of essential nutrients! These nutrients include vitamin C, flavonoids, citric acid, and omega-3. It's best to give your pup cranberries in small quantities. If you're a fan of cranberries, try our WholeCran Intense! This supplement is pure, certified organic, grown, and cultivated here in the USA.
This next superfood is an excellent source of fiber. Due to its fiber content, it can help regulate your pup's digestive system. In addition, it contains an array of nutrients; vitamins A, C, E, iron, magnesium, and more. You're probably wondering, “how much pumpkin can a dog have?” It all depends on your dog's size. Although it’s always best to start small when giving your dog something new, a recommended amount is between 1- 4 tablespoons. To make it easier, you can buy canned pumpkin. When buying canned pumpkin, be sure it’s not pie filling, as the sugar can upset your dog's stomach. You’ll want to look for organic puree. All you have to do is add the appropriate amount to your pup’s bowl and mix in. It’s that simple!
Can dogs eat carrots? Yes! Not only are carrots healthy for your dog, but they’re a perfect low-calorie treat. This affordable treat contains vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. In addition, carrots are great for dental health as chewing helps remove buildup. Be sure to wash, peel, and cut into bite-sized pieces before feeding to your dog.
Another excellent source of dietary fiber is sweet potatoes. Feeding your pup fiber can help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. This low-fat treat is rich in vitamins A, B6, C, calcium, and iron. Remove the skin and cook the sweet potato to help soften before feeding. As always, consult with your vet, as every dog is uniquely different.
Healthy Homemade Dog Treats
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treat
There’s nothing better than a healthy fall recipe to give your pups! All you need is a blender and silicone molds.
What we used:
- Peanut Butter
- Pumpkin Puree
- Goat's Milk
- Canine Complete
Step 1: Blend the peanut butter, pumpkin, goat’s milk, and Canine Complete.
Step 2: Pour the mixture into the silicone molds.
Step 3: Freeze for 3-4 hours.
Step 4: Then Serve!
Sweet Potato Strips
This easy treat is budget friendly and delicious! All you need is sweet potatoes!
What we used:
- Sweet Potato
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 250F. Then line one baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: Cut your sweet potato into slices, then place it on a baking sheet.
Step 3: Place in the oven for 2 to 3 hours.
Step 4: Slices should be crispy and chewy.
Step 5: Once cooled down, store the sweet potato dog treats in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve.
Although you may not be able to give your pet certain fruits and veggies, there are quite a few perfect for the season. Apples, carrots, cranberries, pumpkins, or sweet potatoes are great alternatives to store bought treats + toppers. The great thing about this selection is you can make recipes mixed with our supplements. Giving your dog an extra boost of nutrients doesn’t have to be complicated. Next time you decide to give your dog a treat, remember these healthy options. Be sure to include our organic supplements in any fall recipes you decide to make!
American Kennel Club: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/six-foods-to-feed-your-dog-when-hes-sick/
National Center for Biotechnology Information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9182978/