Healthy Fruits and Vegetables for Pets

Healthy Fruits and Vegetables for Pets

by Scritch

While you’re chopping veggies or munching on a piece of fruit, you might be tempted to treat your dog or cat to a taste. Many fruits and vegetables can be a healthy, vitamin-packed way to reward your pet, but some types of produce are absolutely off limits. Find out which fruits and veggies are safe to feed to dogs and cats and which ones are dangerous. Click on an individual fruit or vegetable for more information about the benefits and recipes or why it is not safe for pets to eat. 

Though you’ll find many fruits and veggies on the “yes” list, it’s important that your pet eats a diet consisting mainly of quality pet food with healthy fats and proteins. 

Keep in mind:

  • Fruits and vegetables shouldn’t make up more than 10% of your pet’s daily intake.
  • Always remove seeds, pits, cores, and stems; wash fruits or vegetables before serving.
  • Start with small nibbles to see if your dog or cat might be allergic, or just plain doesn’t like the taste of what you are offering.
  • Natural sugars are more concentrated in dried fruits—only offer dried fruits in limited quantities and consult your vet if your pet is diabetic.
  • Many vegetables are better served cooked because dogs and cats can’t digest raw vegetables the way humans can. Just be sure they weren’t cooked with any ingredients from the “no” list.

Yes: these fruits and veggies are safe to feed in moderation

Fruits

Apple

Apricot

Banana

Blackberry

Blueberry

Cantaloupe

Clementine

Cranberry

Honeydew

Kiwi

Mango

Nectarine

Orange

Papaya

Peach

Pear

Pineapple

Plum

Raspberry

Strawberry

Tangerine

Watermelon

Veggies

Asparagus

Bell pepper

Beet

Broccoli

Brussels sprout

Cabbage

Carrots

Cauliflower

Celery

Cucumber

Edamame

Eggplant

Green beans

Kale

Mushroom (edible)

Pumpkin

Radish

Spinach

Squash

Sugar snap peas

Sweet potato

Zucchini

No: refrain from ever feeding these foods to your pet

Chive

Currant

Garlic

Grape/raisin

Mushroom (wild)

Onion

Caution

Avocado - can cause stomach upset, toxic to some species (other than cats and dogs)

Beans - should be rinsed, cooked and free from ingredients on the “no” list

Cherries - be cautious to remove the pits, stems and leaves which contain cyanide

Citrus fruits: lemon, lime, grapefruit - citric acids can cause stomach upset, plus most pets do not enjoy the sour taste

Coconut - can cause upset stomach and diarrhea

Corn - common allergen

Dates - high in sugar and fiber

Pickles - check ingredients; can contain high levels of sodium or items from the “no” list

Pomegranate - eating pomegranate makes some dogs sick

Potato - must be cooked; do not feed raw or green potatoes

Rhubarb - the stalks are safe but the leaves are toxic

Seaweed - commercial seaweed and supplements are safe, but dogs should not eat seaweed found on the beach

Tomatoes - must be ripe, stems and leaves removed

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