Summer is a bountiful season. You get warmer weather, longer days, swimming pools, BBQs and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and no one could be happier about this than your dog.
Being the social animal that your dog is, he wants to be the life of your outdoor party and this means breaking bread with you. But, as you well know, not all human foods are safe for your dog to consume. However, some are very safe and even good to share with your pooch.
Summer fruits and vegetables you can feed your dog:
Apples – Apples are a great source of vitamins A and C, and fiber. But before you give your dog an apple, make sure it has no seeds. They contain cyanide.
Strawberries – Just like their blue cousins, these red berries are full of antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. As an added bonus, they also contain and enzymes that can help whiten your dog’s teeth. Just don’t feed him too many strawberries, because they are high in sugar, which is bad for dogs.
Watermelon – Who doesn’t love watermelon? Packed full of lycopene, your dog will love this sweet and juicy treat.
Cantaloupe – That’s right, you can feed your dog this delicious summer delight. The vitamins help maintain good eye sight. Cantaloupe also has vitamin A and beta carotene, which help reduce the chances of canine cancer by helping to prevent cell damage.
Pineapple – This tropical fruit is not only good for dogs, it can stop your dog from eating his stool! Serve it fresh or frozen – your dog will thank you either way.
Oranges – They are rich in folate, thiamine, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Oranges also contain flavonoids, which can strengthen your dog’s immune system and connective tissues. Oranges also protect against cancer and fight off viral infections.
Bananas – These yellow beauties contain loads of amino acids, electrolytes, minerals, vitamins B6 and C, potassium, fiber and manganese. They are best for active and working dogs that need to keep their energy up throughout the day.
Peas – These little green pods contain thiamin, phosphorous and potassium, and can be added to your dog’s regular food for an added boost of nutrition.
Green beans – Low calorie and nutritious? It’s a win-win for your dog. Plus, he gets a boost of vitamins A, C and K, calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and thiamine, as well as beta carotene. Did we mention the omega-3 fatty acids? You simply cannot go wrong with feeding your dog fresh green beans.
Carrots - Your dog needs antioxidants just like we do to fight off free radicals, and carrots are an excellent way to provide your dog with this nutritional boost. They are also high in insoluble and soluble fiber, which helps promote intestinal health.
Sweet potatoes – This super food will provide your dog with vitamins E, A, B-6 and C, as well as calcium, iron, folate, potassium, copper, thiamine and iron.
Zucchini – An excellent source of calcium, potassium, beta carotene and folate. Try grating some raw zucchini over your dog’s dry food for an extra crunchy boost.
Summer squash – This summer staple is great for the digestive system. If he is going through a bout of constipation, feed him some of your fresh summer squash.
Spinach – Another superfood, spinach has the same powerful affects on your dog’s health as it does on yours. It’s high in iron and helps fend off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues, as well as canine cancer.
Kale – It’s all the rage these days and it’s also really good for your dog. You can feed it to him raw or cooked.
Beets – They have a long, healthy list of benefits, but they are best for detoxing the liver and keeping it healthy.