Myth Debunk #1: Dogs Don’t Like Fruits & Vegetables

Vegetables or meat for the dog

Myth Debunk #1 – Dogs Don’t Like Fruits & Vegetables

There seem to be a lot of myths about what/when/how people should feed their dogs, with one of the overall Major Myths being that “people food is bad for dogs.” This is sheer silliness, as anyone who has been listening to me knows already, and is a good example of how generalized sweeping statements don’t advance knowledge or thoughtful decision-making. Feeding your dog is as individual a decision as feeding your human child, which is where I think the idea came along that dogs and vegetables are not a good combination — because many children don’t like spinach, broccoli, beets and other fine examples of bounty from the garden. But dogs are often more open-minded omnivores than young two-leggeds — although many a dog can be as fussy and finicky as some “won’t eat anything” toddlers can be.

However, just as vegetables are very good for people’s’ health, so are they good for dogs, providing fiber, vitamins, minerals and a [usually] low-calorie way to feel full. The Healthy-Weight dry food from Halo that I feed my dogs is rich in non-GMO vegetables [and I do want to educate myself about non-GMO veggies and address that another day].  A couple of my friends who are lifelong vegetarians are deeply grateful for the Garden of Vegan food from Halo –  which is a complete and balanced recipe that proves the nutritional value of vegetables. Here is a partial list of those vegetables: non-GMO green peas, chickpeas, pea protein, potato, sweet potato, celery, beet, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, and  dried kelp (which I think of as a vegetable from the sea!).

Dogs benefit greatly from having a nice mix of vegetables in their diet, whether cooked in their food or given to them as raw snacks. I know lots of people whose dogs go nuts for raw carrots, string beans, broccoli and even zucchini. Mine are gluttons for handfuls of frozen broccoli (they will eat many cooked vegetables but mostly if they have some nice butte or olive oil on them!).  My sister’s little toy Brussels Griffons amaze me for how they hover around her feet when she’s cooking and will gobble up any sort of vegetable she drops for them — from Belgian endive to red pepper or romaine leaves. And they go nuts for apples, blueberries or watermelon!

I’d love to know what fruits or vegetables your dogs gobble up — or if you’re to start experimenting yourself.

—Tracie Hotchner

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