The Amazing Health Benefits of Vegetables for Dogs

We know the importance of vegetables for human health. What about vegetables for dogs? Should your dog be eating more vegetables?

How you feed your dog can have a significant impact on his overall health and his potential lifespan. Unfortunately, many standard and even premium dog foods have been found to be inadequate nutritionally and may contain harmful chemicals that can harm your dog. In addition, we’re discovering that vegetables have powerful antioxidants that may help to reduce chronic disease and slow down the rate of aging. What about vegetables for dogs?

It seems likely that vegetables added to a dog’s diet would have some of the same positive health benefits seen in humans, particularly since some of the studies showing the benefits of vegetables were carried out on dogs. In fact one of the world’s longest living dogs named Bramble was raised in Great Britain on a vegan diet and is currently twenty-seven years old. Bramble’s diet consists of a healthy bowl of rice, lentils, and a bowl of organic vegetables every evening.

What are good vegetables for dogs and which should you avoid? Most vegetables, especially when cooked to improve digestibility, are safe for dogs to eat. The exceptions would be onions and garlic in any form. This is because these foods contain a chemical called thiosulphate which is known to be toxic to dogs. Dogs given this chemical develop hemolytic anemia., a condition where red blood cells circulating in the blood stream burst, reducing the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. Onions are particularly dangerous vegetables for dogs as they contain higher quantities of this chemical.

Vegetables that are good for dogs include green beans, cabbage, carrots, green beans, broccoli, squash, and most other green, leafy vegetables. Not only do these vegetables add healthy antioxidants to your dog’s diet, they also are a significant source of soluble fiber and roughage which can promote intestinal health in your dog.

Fortunately, many dogs enjoy the taste of vegetables. Start by introducing small amounts of cooked vegetables to your dog’s regular food, gradually increasing the quantity as your dog learns to accept them. A good rule of thumb is to have vegetables compose around 20% of your dog’s daily food. If your dog is reluctant to eat cooked vegetables in his food, try pureeing them in a blender after cooking them and mixing them thoroughly with his regular diet. Vary your dog’s antioxidant exposure, by adding different vegetables that are good for dogs every day to his food bowl.

Another advantage of vegetables for dogs is the role they play in controlling obesity. If your dog is overweight, reward him with some raw vegetable sticks such as celery or carrots in place of his regular cookies. To make the vegetables more appealing, add a small amount of peanut butter to give them additional flavor. Do this consistently in place of his higher calorie treats and you should see your dog’s weight start to decline.

Vegetables for dogs can be a real asset to canine health. Plus, it adds variety to your dog’s diet. Why not treat your dog to some vegetables?

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User Comments
  1. nuria

    On February 5, 2008 at 6:40 am

    i have just read on another site that all root veg is in fact no good for your dog, also not to feed them potatoes, which is corret?

  2. wendi

    On May 29, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    My dog is on a sweet potato and venison diet. Potato and sweet potato are fine for your dog.

  3. virginia malowakitema

    On June 23, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    its confusing to figure out what is good and what is not you just read a million different things and you dont know which to believe

  4. Meghan

    On July 9, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    I agree with Virginia! The safest thing is to always check with your vet! My vet has had me giving my german shepherd pup carrots since he was six weeks old. He loves them! My other dog (black lab) eats them now too, cuz he thinks the pup is getting a special treat.

  5. Ruth

    On July 29, 2008 at 9:37 am

    It is curious that she says garlic is harmful when every healthy diet I can find for dogs says that garlic is good for them and helps aid their immune system. It is a recommended additive for a dog’s diet along with Brewer’s Yeast. Wonder what are her credentials?

  6. joe

    On August 26, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    I feed raw. Its better for your dog if you DONT cook the vegetables… Its just better for them.

  7. King

    On August 31, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Can dog eat boot root?

  8. Megan

    On September 9, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    “I have heard” that you may feed your dog potatoes and tomatoes only as long as they are ripe and you do not give the dog a raw peeling or green part of the vegetable (or the eyes on potatoes). Also, garlic is toxic to dogs in large amounts and some dogs have more sensitivity than others. Garlic and onions both are rough on the digestive tract and can cause liver damage

    But hey, haha, Meghan is right… Check with your vet first. All dogs are different.

  9. Dog Gone Good Training

    On September 23, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Most potatos should be avoided, but Sweet Potatos are fine.
    Most vegetables that are toxic to dogs are fine in SMALL amounts, but if it\’s toxic, why bother?

    Also, dogs can\’t digest plant life cell walls. Giving a dog raw vegetables holds no nutritional value because they can\’t digest them. Cooking breaks down the cell wall be depleats a lot of the nutritents as well. The best way to feed vegetables is raw and mashed up through a blender. Cutting them up does not break down the cell wall, they must be mashed.

  10. tiffanie

    On October 3, 2008 at 9:39 am

    i have a 13 wk old pug, and he loves eating any kind of vegetables, and he seems to be very happy and healthy.. i think that people worry too much about these things.. know your dog, and do what you think is right.. because every dog is very different.

  11. Jackie LVT in training

    On October 3, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Garlic is NOT good for your dog. Another thing to look into is which fruits are potentially harmful as well. Don’t just assume food that may be good for you works both ways, because it could be dangerous for your dog. Along w/ what \”Dog Gone Good Training\” said, they are fine in small amounts however the toxicity builds up over time so a small amount is fine once but if given again the levels of toxins will increase.

  12. denise

    On October 21, 2008 at 9:30 am

    can dogs eat asparagus?

  13. Kavan

    On October 29, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    How many sweet potatoes are too many? My 3 year black lab ate 3 while I was at work and seems to be doing fine and still appears to be hungry.

  14. Rob

    On November 4, 2008 at 1:11 am

    I mix my 4 month old puppy’s dry food with cucumbers, parsley and a tablespoon of olive oil every morning.
    At Lunch, he gets his dry food mixed with apple slices.
    For dinner, just dry food.
    For treats, i use cooked carrots, “sometimes” bananas…
    He has been on this diet for a week now and his coat is very soft and luxious and stunning.
    I get constant compliments on how good his coat/overall health looks.

  15. Lisa

    On November 12, 2008 at 6:56 am

    I am completely frustrated trying to find something that doesn’t make my yellow lab itch all over, especially his ears. We have been on Science Diet ZD Ultra and Canidae, all with the same results…itching. We tried plain rice and peas with somewhat better results but I found myself cooking rice in unbelievable quantities… My dog is quite large. 120 lbs. Not overweight, just large. We’ve tried all holistic foods from the organic food store with no good results. Our dog is even on 20mgs of prednisolone every other day and has been for 2 years. Nothing seems to help. I am willing to try anything within reason. Please help!

  16. Linda

    On November 15, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Our 10 year old yellow lab is having severe itching problems also. He’s been on Nutro for Senior Dogs for a number of years and only recently has he started the itching. The only snacks he gets is raw vegetables and fruit. Along with the itching (his belly is quite raw and turning gray) he’s also experiencing joint stiffness. If anyone has any ideas, I’d be very grateful. Thanks.

  17. Lindsay (RVT)

    On November 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Garlic is not ENTIRELY bad for your dog. As mentioned above Brewer’s yeast with garlic is an excellent additive to your dogs diet . I own a blue doberman and it has been nothing but helpful with her coat and her health .
    I think in something like a vitamin garlic is good , but in large amounts (raw) can be harmful.

  18. Katherine

    On November 30, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Dear Linda, I too have a 10 year old Cocker who has terrible allergies. He used to get prednisone shots monthly but after he had kindny and liver failure I was out of luck. I have tried everything under the sun so that he would stop the consistant licking, itching and chronic ear infections. I have found that Pet Smart sells a food called Natures Recipe (VEGETARIAN). Its wonderful all of his intollerances have gone away. Give it a try I hope that you see the remarkable results like I have seen. Remember it has to be the Nature Recipe Vegetarian. Try it out and tell me how it works.

  19. Puppymom

    On December 8, 2008 at 3:46 am

    For the owners of the itchy pups: My dog developed this problem and it seemed to be food allergy. We had to take her to a dermatologist b/c she was miserable. Our regular vet was out of ideas and suggested we try that. It was a long drive to the closest dog derm., but the time and money were well worth it. They do allergy testing and find out what is bothering your dog. It is a bit expensive, but they work with you if you can’t afford that by teaching you how to eliminate foods and then add them back in slowly. So far she has been on Royal Canin (IVD) Rabbit and Potato (from the vet) with no problems. You may also check out Life’s Abundance- this one is only available online, I think. Most regular dog foods have a ton of common allergens like wheat and corn along with many preservatives that dogs can cause sensitivities in dogs.

  20. A pekeapoo's mom

    On December 13, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    I want to second the person who recommended Nature’s Recipe Vegetarian dog food for dog with allergies. My pekeapoo ate this food for many years….and she lived for 15 1/2 years!
    Because we wanted to make sure she had sufficient protein we supplemented the vegetarian food with cooked ground turkey.
    My vet explained that many dogs foods that are reported to be free of preservatives and additives, can be made of poutry or meat from animals that consumed these additives before they were slautered. So even tho’ the manufacturer never put them into the food, they were in the meat when it arrived at the manufacturing site.

  21. GD

    On December 21, 2008 at 7:16 am

    I have 2 labs who were brought up on a completely vegan diet for the first year of their life. Perfectly healthy as per the vet. No garlic, onions, or citrus fruits. I started chicken on a weekly basis from the second year only. There have been no health problems and she even had seven healthy puppies. You have to start young so that they dont know any different and then you can get them to eat anything. I started dry dog food only after they were 8 months old. So now they are on a variety of dry dog food for one meal, vegan meals and meat once in a while. Quite balanced and no fuss! Every meal is a surprise.

  22. Alice Sioson

    On March 17, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I have a 6 year old mix shih tzu dog, he recently was diagnose with Hymolytic anemia and is taking 20 mgs prednisone and doxycycline, this seems to have increase his appetite tremendously but he is weak and does not like to walk like he used to, we don’t know where we went wrong, on what we fed him to cause this disease or what else ? right now, i cook brown rice with either chicken, or beef or liver to increase his red blood cells… i am planning to give him milk thistle, sam e vitamin or fish oil because i read this somewhere that it can help him too… PLEASE
    anybody out there who can help us and educate us on what is the best to do to help our dog get better, the vet said we could feed him anything ? meaning, maybe the beef, or liver ..but i am also afraid that this might cause cholesterol problem in the future. How about veggies, this morning i added small amount of celeries to his rice and chicken… is this o.k. ? THANKS to whoever can give us some feed back.

  23. TD

    On March 23, 2009 at 4:49 am

    for linda, i have 2 yorkies who had itching and small scabs from all their itching and biting, i gradually stopped them on dry food and started to make the food myself, which consists of white fish and various veg, liek carrots, sprouts, papaya, cucumber, celery, apple, and soemtiems sweet potato

    i foudn that my dogs were both allergic to most proteins, and grains/fillers most dogfood companys put in their kibbles, my dogs can deal with sweet potatos it gives them some minor itching but they love it so we give it to them once in a while, they ended up being allergic to all red meats, chicken everything it seems leik they couldnt eat anything until a friend said she just feeds her dog whitefish and sometimes salmon, the oils in the fish is very healthy for them and their itching has pretty much stopped, my dogs were never obease but were a pound or 2 heavier than the vet would have liked as they are gertting on in years, they lost weight and now run around like puppys (they are both 9yrs old) they have so much more energy since i put them on this diet, obviously this is a bit of work and bc my dogs are very small it wouldnt be as expensive as it might for you with a dog so large, but when i went away on vacation i obviously couldnt ask my neighbor to cook my dogs their daily meals, so i had some still left in the freezer and i bought some food called addiction the brushtail version, its grain free and they seemed to do pretty well on it, the important part when changing foods tho is to gradually introduce it so over abt 5 days, by the 5th day they can be on the new food alone with out their old kibble and it should give them any intestineal problems, the key to finidng out what your dog can handle is by reducing the varities of veg and types of meat and fruits to maybe 1 or 2 for a few days and see how they react, my dogs reacted very quick to things liek chicken got loads of rashes, it depends on your dog, but maybe try and change to a more natuarl dog food, our vet put the dogs on science diet and some other crap and they didnt get any better and were on meds, the issue is alot of vets get commision on the food they sell so sometimes may not be as open minded about you going and trying to sort them out ur self, once we changed our dogs food we didnt tell the vet took them for a check up and she was really chuffed saying how we just had to be paitent and that her food did work in combi with the meds, she did a full check up and they were doing great esp considerign one had previously had kidney stones and the other heart issues, after the check up we told her we had taken them off the food and that the fish and veg/fruit diet had cleared their smelly itchy ears, rashs and itchy dry skin, and they had become the ideal weight for their breed and age, she was suprised and pleased that this had worked and the dogs had done so well, i hope this helps, there are alot of natual food companys out there that dont put crap in their foods, u just have to find one u and your dog both liek :)

  24. td

    On March 23, 2009 at 5:01 am

    oh i almost forgot we also add olive oil to the food, bc its quite good for their skin and coat, and we also changed shampoos bc alot of them have drying and inflamatory additives esp for dogs with sensitve skin, so we changed to a oat based shamppoo that smells of cinnamon its by kelco called oats fur coats, and if your dog is sensitive to too much bathing products and you wants to bath them only every so often but cant stand the smell of dog, then a mixture of lemon juice and water, it smells better than vinegar, and you just get them wet and then rinse them in this solution it will cut the smell and keep them cleaner for longer, particularly good if you let your pets on the couch and they have longer hair around the mouth and they eat wet food get a cloth and dip in the solutoin and wipe their mouths after eating and you wont get any dog food juices on the couch or beds

  25. WK

    On March 28, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Our 20 month old lab was approximately 10Kg overweight around 2 months ago.

    So we changed his diet from 100% Chicken & Rice Pedigree Dry food to:

    25% Chicken & Rice
    25% Broccoli
    25% Cauliflower
    25% Carrots

    We also cut out his usual biscuit treats and replaced them with carrots.

    Along with increased exercise he is now almost at his target weight.

    We give all the veg to him chopped but raw and he loves it. We did try introducing sprouts but these made him sick, so now we just stick to the above.

    To anyone thinking about it, I say go for it!

  26. i'll be gettin a puppy soon...

    On April 8, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Well, i’ll be getting a puppy very soon….and i’m trying my best to get all the information necessary …thank you very much to all of u…as all of u hav contributed something to value the answers to the others’ worries……i’m grateful to all of u….

  27. for itchy skin

    On April 28, 2009 at 10:27 am

    My chihuahua had dry itchy skin for almost a year and I tried EVERYTHING. I changed his dog food, got rid of fleas, etc. but nothing seemed to help. I tried adding just a tsp of olive oil to his food everyday. Within 2 weeks the itching STOPPED! His skin got really soft. I now just give it to him every other day. He loves the taste and looks forward to me adding it to his food. For larger dogs, you may have to add more than a tsp. I hope this helps!

  28. Ant & Narla

    On May 11, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Thank you so much to all of you for your sharing your experiences with your dogs. Ant and Narla, our beautiful Neo mastiff x x

  29. Trish

    On June 4, 2009 at 10:00 am

    My 10 year old black lab licked his legs and paws incessantly for most of his life. No matter what we tried the problem continued. The only good thing that came out of the kibble food scare last year was my adventure into cooking for dog. I found a wonderful kibble product called Nature’s Select that is all natural, no fillers and made in the US. I give 2 meals per day of the following: 1 cup of Senior Diet Kibble, 1/4 cup of ground boiled chicken breast, 1/4 cup of ground cooked vegetables (typically broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas) 1 Tablespoon of canned pumpkin(NOT PIE FILLING).

    Several Times per week:
    1 Tablespoon of Cottage Cheese
    1 Tablespoon of Plain Yogurt
    A sprinkling of blueberries, cranberries or ground apples

    The following additions 1x per day (usually in the AM):
    For skin and coat 1Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    For joints – 1 Tablet of Dasuquin Glucosomine

    If he has a high energy day or week coming up I had cooked brown rice to increase his carb intake so that he can run and swim without burning out to quickly.

    The results have been amazing and quick. The first week his coat became shiner, his eyes clearer, his sleep more sound and his excitement for meal time returned. I highly recommend anyone to study cooking for your dog. Talk to your vet and take the time to love your furry children a little bit more. It will be rewarding for both you and your pet.

  30. Christine

    On July 18, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I originally fed my chiweenie Iams since it was the best food I could buy in my little town but after a couple of months I switched her to a food called GO Natural – Salmon and Oatmeal formula. I think they have 3 formulas. It is a very nutrient dense food and seems to have very high quality ingredients. Lots of fruits, veggies, berries, whole grains. Our 1 year old pup has TONS of energy so I think if you fed this food to an older it dog it might perk them up and improve their coat. My dog feels sily soft like a cat from the salmon oils in the food. She is 6 pounds and 13 pounds of food lasted her 6 months.

    I also fully support a previous poster’s comments on Kelco dog shampoo! They have lots of different formulas for various issues, which may give your dogs some relief while their skin recovers from their allergy rashes. I use the Puppy Tears formula and bath my dog once a week. It has never given her dry skin or anything. I also use another one of their products as an additive to her shampoo, its blue and contains tea tree and some other oils and is meant to keep fleas and mites away. I am hoping it will keep the mosquitos and sand flies at bay as we have no fleas where I live but many of the others. Kelco is meant for dog groomers so their formulas are very concentrated. You mix a small amount of shampoo with a lot of water, so it lasts a very long time, even if you buy the smaller bottle.

    I also feed my dog raw fruits and veggies all the time. She begs for them and if i try to give her a crappy grocery store treat she wont even eat it. My pups favorites are zucchini sticks, strawberries, banana, corn on the cob, pommegranite (although i just read something today about it being bad for dogs… will have to investigate further), and spinnach. She wont eat carrots.
    I suppose even if she isnt really digesting these properly as some were mentioning above, I will continue to feed them to her. It makes her feel like she is getting a “treat” and she still eats her usual amount of food so I dont think it will hurt anything.

  31. Kristin

    On July 25, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Yes I know dogs love asparagus! We would let our labs eat the
    “escapees” from our patch. They loved to just munch right down from the top of the stalk right to the grond. They knew the ones outside the fence were theirs. We never saw any ill effects.

  32. james

    On July 29, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Hi . i would like to ask what is the most suitable vegetable and fruit for miniature schnauzer ?

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    On December 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm


  34. the RT

    On December 29, 2009 at 7:45 am

    dont feed them BROCCOLI its bad for them pleaes dont feed them that. look it up its bad for them doggies and puppies. there also more on not to feed them on the web. just look it up.

  35. Sara

    On February 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

    My dog used to itch all of the time. We started adding fish oil to her food. It helped… also try a grain free food . I believe Innova has a grain free kibble. You can also get a prescription from your vet if those two things dont work.

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  38. Dave Hale

    On March 7, 2010 at 2:54 am

    I fed my Judgee a dry diet recommended by the vet for sometime but she was always sick-getting infections etc. I finally changed to a raw diet of 80% meat including beef,chicken etc and organ meats with 20% veggies,also raw.Its been 6 or 8 months now and theres a very noticable change in her energy level and no more visits all the time to the vet.I would recommend this to anyone feeding their dog/heart a dry dog food-but givee them either triple fish oil or Omega3 to help break down what their bodies cannot.Also an immune booster and vitamin.The change will be quite welcome.

  39. angela ayre

    On May 12, 2010 at 11:43 am

    i feed my dogs kelp / broccli / cabbage / cauliflower / spinach / peas / carotts/ green beans and garlic . also red peppers all of which are good for them .. stay AWAY from onions mushrooms grapes and raisons .. my dogs are healthy and love the veg i feed ,, my vet gave me the thumbs up

  40. Tammy Gracon

    On October 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    My dog loves the Pegetables Dog Chew treat. And they are healthy too. Made with real vegetables.They’re at Petco and Petsmart stores.

  41. Tracy

    On November 4, 2010 at 1:06 am

    I had a very very itchy puppy for few years and after vet visits and medicines, I decided to change his diet to NO CHICKEN diet. He’s on Natural Balance duck&salmon dry food, salmon treats, duck treats, dried sweet potato treats, organic apples, and few other things as treats. He has not licked or scratched his body/legs ever since.
    Only thing is natural balance is very hard to find in stores. Some boutique stores carry them but they do not sell to large stores. You can also find them online too :)
    Good luck to all the itchy dog parents!

  42. Christie

    On December 20, 2010 at 1:12 am

    My dog and cats eat vegetables and love them! I make their food with meat…whatever is available, but nothing I wouldn’t eat myself…then mix it with either rice, potatos or pasta, then add some seaweed, DE (diatomaceous Earth) and some herbs, either freshly picked red clover, dandelions, mullein, raspberry leaves, etc, and use my juicing pulp, sometimes add apples, pears, raisins…kind of comes out looking like stuffing and I bag it up individually and have readily available.
    They eat broccoli, carrots, cucumber, spinach, mustard greens, sweet potatoes, parsley, beets, cauliflower, cabbage, even avocados, tomatoes, well, rather than list them all, it’s fair to say, the works!
    When I started feeding them this way, they immediately got healthier, had more energy, shiny coats, etc. They healed almost over night from the toxicity I was feeding them with bagged food.
    You can also dehydrate your concoction and just add water when you feed them.
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  43. MElanie

    On December 31, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Some of those foods are not good for dogs to eat, I’m not sure about cats but remember they aren’t humans – just because you can eat something doesn’t mean they should. They should not eat rasins/grapes, onions, and tomatoes. You should also be careful about feeding them too much broccoli. Always look something up before you give it to them!

  44. Blibablaba

    On January 15, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Great one! Learned lots!

  45. Terry Rhyne

    On February 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I also started my dog on a raw food diet, last July. The results were nothing short of amasing. She lost 10 lbs pretty quickly, and her major skin problems stopped, however, she still gets an ocassional little red bump or two on her lower belly. I am still working on this, don’t know could it be sweet potatoe, or oatmeal? I found out that actually a lot of dogs are allergic to rice, she was. I stopped feeding the broccoli, because I too heard that it was bad for them, but I’m going to investigate this further as well. All else aside, I would like to give mention to a website I found, for people who have dogs with very severe allergie and skin conditions. I think it would be well worth checking out, they also discuss changing your dogs diet,so that said, here is the website I wish everyone very good luck with your best friends!!!

  46. Terry

    On February 23, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    ooops, sorry about misspellings. I’ll blame on this new keyboard, too small1

  47. Sharon

    On April 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I have been giving my dogs and cat a little sauteed fresh garlic in olive oil for years to control fleas and ticks. It works and is certainly cheaper than those treatments in the tube. This is news to me that garlic is toxic. I have a hard time believing that. Our “monster breed” Saint Bernard lived 12 yrs and 1 day. His main problem was the hip displacement, otherwise he seemed healthy. I typically do boil chicken for my pets too, and add it at meal time. I have also included some veggies but, of course, not onion.

  48. Silvia

    On April 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I was wondering, I have an 8 year old shepard cross. He loves my spagetti sauce which of course has both onions and garlic in it. Both are chopped very fine and my sauce generly simmers on low for the better part of the day. Would the onion and garlic in that sauce still be toxic to him? Or is it just the rough form of either?

  49. Lynda

    On May 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I have two Multipoos, one is 15 years old and the other is 2 years old. I have just had it with all dogs foods. I love my pets to much to worry what is in the food. So I started to make home made food my self, So now I make….. Brown rice made with salt free chickenbroth.(no msg or preserv.) in it. put flat in a zip bag. Then I cook organic carrots cooked fine and mashed flat in a zip bag and put in the freezer. Then I make chicken or beef (they love) freeze all. They love it. I will also make fresh string beans too the same way……. I save the water from the vegetables and put them in the blender with the vedg. My vet. said OMG can I come over for dinner???? It is wonderful for my babies!!!!!!!!!

  50. Lee

    On August 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    To anyone with a dog that has skin problems and chronic ear infections…STOP feeding the dog any kind of dog food with CORN or Chicken by-products!
    We learned the hard way. Even Iams and Science diet all have CORN as the main ingredient!
    Dogs do not need CORN neither do cats. Wellness Dog/cat food has no Corn, no dairy and wheat etc. It has helped our pets immensly. Look for brands with none of thos ingredients if you are not making your own food. You will see an improvement in weight, coat, skin and all…Plus the better quality food, they less they will need to eat of it. No fillers. Less bad smells to if you know what I mean! :)

  51. Paul

    On January 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I have read most of the entries here about food for dogs and they cheered me up considerably because there seem to be oodles of folks out there who really do care about there ‘furry children’. Most of my dogs love digging up raw carrots direct from the garden and at a very early age they all figured cabbage was bones on a stalk grown for their benefit. After we had a chat they have agreed to let me chose what they get to eat. The telling point was if I did the harvesting they did less work, and they get spoiled.

  52. Amy

    On September 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    The all time best two vegetables that you can add to your dogs diet are carrots and beets. Carrots support healthy digestion, immune system, skin & coat, liver & thyroid health and antioxidant levels. Beets support energy levels, healthy weight, joint health and allergy control. Feeding them raw will do little as dog & humans cannot digest cellulose **the difference between us and them is that we have jaws that can move side to side and flat teeth to smash the cell walls** Dogs only have pointed teeth and a jaw with one motion…open and close. Cooking vegetables alters the nutritional value for both humans and dogs so its not nearly as effective when you are killing the nutrients with heat. The single best way to get these veggies into your dogs diet is to feed them dehydrated beets and carrots. All you do is add a little water prior to feeding and they swell up to their natural fresh appearance. I feed Olewo because its so easy and also because they are imported from Germany grown in ultra rich soil…something you will never find in the US. “ check this out for the two products Im talking about :)

  53. JoeyNY

    On February 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My dog Pica is a 10 year old miniature poodle, and she love, love loves any and all cooked vegetables. Some people won’t even eat steamed unseasoned negetables, but not Pica. She will destroy any vegetable you put in front of her, particularly those green in color. Loves ‘em. I’ve been giving her vegetables since she was just a baby, and would never stop. She’s too crazy about them. I might add that a decade into this habit, and she’s a very healthy, happy dog.

  54. JoeyNY

    On February 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    My dog Pica is a 10 year old miniature poodle, and she love, love loves any and all cooked vegetables. Some people won’t even eat steamed unseasoned vegetables, but not Pica. She will destroy any vegetable you put in front of her, particularly those green in color. Loves ‘em. I’ve been giving her vegetables since she was just a baby, and would never stop. She’s too crazy about them. I might add that a decade into this habit, and she’s a very healthy, happy dog.

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