Dogs have been eating vegetables for hundreds of years and for very good reason.
- Vegetables provide most of the B Vitamins & A, E & K
- Dark leafy green vegetables contain important minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium.
- Phytonutrients are only in vegetable material.
- Phytonutrients are protective. They include enzymes, antioxidents and anti -inflammatory properties.
- They are antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, anti- worms, anti-aging, anti-degenerative and anti – cancer.
- Majority of dried food options don’t provide these nutrients
- Enzymes in food help digestion. Tropical fruits like pineapple (containing bromelain) and papaya (papain) are especially beneficial.
- Some enzymes escape the hydrochloric acid in the stomach and are absorbed whole. When this happens they’re also anti-aging, anti-degeneration and pro-health in your dog’s body!
- Raw vegetables supply healthy fibre.
- Vegetable fibre is far better and much healthier than fibre from grains. Vegetables contain soluble fibre, which is digested by microbes in the large bowel. Insoluble fibre bulks out the food and helps it pass through the colon.
- Fibre is vital in older dogs in treating and preventing degenerative disease.
- Vegetables, fruits and herbs are chock full of antioxidants.
- Antioxidants protect against free radicals (unstable molecules that are a major cause of aging) and again, you can only get them from fruits and vegetables.
Vegetables Help Treat Disease
- Research has shown that vegetables help treat all degenerative disease processes. Vegetables are especially important in treating serious diseases like cancer and kidney disease.
Vegetables We Add To Our Meals
Green beans are good for dogs because of their omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and K. They’re also a good source of calcium, copper, fibre, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and thiamin, as well as beta carotene. Essentially, they’re the superpower of vegetables for your dog.
We certainly understand the value of spinach in our own diets, but luckily this green, leafy vegetable can be just as powerful for your dog. Although it’s high in iron (with almost twice as much of it as most other sources), spinach is a particularly good option for your dog since it helps fend off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues.
Pumpkin for dogs loads them up on fibre, vitamin A and anti-oxidants. It can help alleviate diarrhea and constipation. And it has been known to promote his overall cardiovascular health.
Sweet Potatoes for Dogs
A great source of vitamins E, A, B-6 and C, as well as calcium, iron, folate, potassium, copper, thiamine and iron, sweet potatoes for dogs are a wonderful addition.
Potatoes add a helpful punch of nutrients. They provide vitamins (B3, B6, C, etc.), minerals (manganese, phosphorus, etc.), antioxidants (carotenoids, flavonoids, etc.) as well as potassium, iron, copper and fibre.
Peas are a good source of the B vitamin, Thiamine, phosphorous, and potassium.
One of the greatest treats for dogs also happens to be loaded with powerful phytonutrients. Packed with Vitamins A, K and C, carrots pack a powerful antioxidant punch. Additionally, carrots help a dog’s vision, heart, and blood sugar levels.
It’s hard to beat kale in terms of maximum nutrition for minimal calories. Kale is a proven cancer-risk cutter, abundant source of fibre, calcium, Vitamin A, E and C, helps prevent heart disease and contains numerous antioxidants.
Great source of vitamin C. Good source of vitamins K and B6, folate and choline.