The Bennies of Fruits & Veggies for Dogs
Apples are a rich source of beta carotene. Apples contain pectin which helps eliminate waste products from the intestines. Apples contain high amounts of vitamin C, B complex, potassium and folic acid.
Bananas are high in potassium. This helps muscle and blood vessel function. Bananas contain fiber which proves helpful for doggy diarrhea. Bananas contain vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects cells as well as vitamin B-6, which helps regulate blood cell function.
Blueberries & Cranberries are very high in antioxidants and are particularly beneficial if your dog is prone to bladder infection.
Broccoli is chock-full of phytonutrients which are not found in meats and animal food products. Broccoli contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and C which are essential for proper growth and development. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps dogs heal when they are under stress or sick. Broccoli also contains calcium, fiber, beta carotene, chromium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Along with other cruciform vegetables (Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kale), Broccoli helps fight cancer and is a low glycemic vegetable.
Cabbage is a good source for keeping your pet’s gastrointestinal system in good working order. It is very good for the skin. Cabbage aids in digestion and has cancer fighting qualities.
Carrots contain vitamins B, C, D, E and K, as well as calcium, potassium, sodium, and iron. Carrots are rich in beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant, and phosphorous, used for the production of energy. Carrots are the best source of pro-vitamin A carotenes in the vegetable kingdom, which unlike normal vitamin A, does not build up toxicity in the system. They serve as an immune system booster and are very good if your dog has skin problems or eye issues.
Celery may sound like an unusual choice for pet food, but
it’s loaded with vitamins A, B6, B12, C, E and K plus the minerals calcium, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Another of celery’s components sedanolide has been found to lower the occurrence of tumors in lab animal research. Celery is also known to serve as an acid neutralizer.
Cilantro contains antioxidants which can delay or prevent the spoilage of food seasoned with this spice. It has been used for the relief of anxiety and insomnia. It has also been used as a digestive aid. Cilantro has been seen to have some insulin and insulin-releasing properties.
Kale is a great source of vitamins A, C and K, as well as minerals copper, potassium and iron. It is rich in lutein, which supports eye health. Kale has shown to be effective in helping prevent some forms of cancer, including colon and bladder cancer.
Parsley is good for preventative kidney health.
It contributes to the cleansing of organs which helps prevent all kinds of common canine diseases. Parsley works to eliminate toxins in the body which may prevent cancer. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to prevent arthritis and swelling. Parsley naturally freshens the mouth helping to alleviate bad breath.
Peas are a good source of vitamins A, B, C and K.
Packed with dietary fiber, they are low in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium. Peas contain copper, magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
Pumpkin is often recommended by veterinarians
as a dietary supplement for dogs and cats that are experiencing certain digestive ailments such as constipation, diarrhea and hairballs. The high fiber content helps to aid in proper digestion.
Spinach contains vitamins A, C, E and K like other leafy greens. Vitamin K helps maintain normal blood function. The high iron content in spinach makes it an excellent addition to your dog’s diet. It also contains a high level of antioxidants and is extremely high in protein, calcium and other nutrients. Spinach is rich in fiber and can add much needed roughage to your dog’s diet.
Sweet Potatoes are loaded with nutrients such as vitamin C, antioxidants, carotenoids and phytochemicals. They also provide iron, copper and magnesium, essential minerals that help keep cells functioning properly. Sweet potatoes are rich in dietary fiber and helps keep the digestive system healthy.