As experts in animal nutrition, we’re often asked, ‘what fruit can dogs eat?’ so, in this post we’ll be delving into that, as well as looking at dog friendly vegetables. In the wild, dogs are both hunters and scavengers, and their diet is made up of different types of food.
Primarily, they eat prey and thrive on a diet with a high meat content. However, they supplement hunting with foraging and scavenging and benefit from the nutrients that certain fruits and vegetables provide. Here at Natures Menu, knowing exactly what dogs need – and what they don’t – forms the basis of our real, natural recipes.
Fruits are a great natural source of vitamins, which can support your dog’s wellbeing, and many dogs enjoy the bit of sweetness they provide. Giving your dog a suitable bit of fruit every now and then can be a great way to give them a healthy, natural treat.
For a safe and healthy way to treat and reward your dog with fruit, try our Country Hunter Superfood Bars. Tasty, tender protein is blended with dog friendly vegetables and fruits, then gently airdried to preserve nutrients in their natural state. We’ve yet to meet a dog who doesn’t devour them!
A small proportion of fruit can also be a tasty addition to their main meal and help them to get the right balance of vitamins and minerals they need. Our complete and balanced Country Hunter raw nugget range combines a high content of tempting protein with a superfood blend of dog friendly vegetables and fruits and is a great way to give your dog the enjoyment of fruit as part of a balanced diet.
So, what fruits can dogs eat?
If you’re planning to include fruit in your dog’s diet, remember that fruits are high in sugar and so should be fed sparingly. Additionally, we recommend checking with your vet before adding additional fruits and vegetables to your dog’s diet, especially if they’re suffering from any medical conditions. On the other hand, not all dogs are mad about fruit so don’t worry if they’re not interested in a fruity treat!
Having answered the question, ‘what fruits can dogs eat?’, we’ll now look at dog friendly vegetables. We all need our greens! As well as being rich in a range of vitamins and minerals, vegetables can also be a great source of fibre and a healthy source of carbohydrates. Again, vegetables should be a supplement to your dog’s diet, not the mainstay, which should always be meat or a suitable protein.
As with fruit, there are some watchouts as certain veggies are toxic to dogs. Some also cause undesirable side effects, like too much gas, which no one wants to inflict on their furry friend – or themselves! From leafy greens to pumpkin, we’ll go through some dog friendly vegetables.
Making the most of your dog's dinner
If you came to this post wondering ‘What fruits can dogs eat?’, or looking for guidance on dog friendly vegetables, then we hope we’ve given you a good steer. We’re big believers in making our four-legged friends’ dinners as nutritious and delicious as possible and ensuring our Natures Mates get everything they need and nothing they don’t. This means that we never add sugar or use cheap fillers or any artificial colours or additives – just real, natural, dog friendly ingredients.
As well as our complete and balanced Country Hunter nuggets range, with dog friendly vegetables, fruits and a wide selection of tasty, novel proteins, we also have fruit and veggie Mixers, which allow you to create your own dishes when combined with our Home Prepare range. Why? Because variety is the spice of life! As well as giving your dog all the nutrients they need, we believe they benefit from the different tastes and textures our real, natural, recipes provide. Why not give them a go and let us know!