To most owners, a dog isn’t just a pet. It’s a furry family member. So, just like your kids, you want to make sure they eat a well-balanced and delicious diet. Which doesn’t mean a cheap can of dog food. It means healthy fresh food. But what can you feed your loyal friend?
Many doggy food brands claim theirs are healthy and only made with the freshest produce. But how can you tell if this is true? The only way to be sure your dog gets the diet they need in order to have healthy teeth, coat, bones and eyesight is to serve them fresh food in their bowl.
Does this mean chucking Rover an expensive steak? No. It means serving fruits and vegetables, to provide your dog with essential vitamins and minerals naturally, rather than in supplement form.
But which ones? Vitamins A and E help your dog lose weight by promoting fat burning whilst fighting disease. Also, same as for humans, Vitamin C is an important immune system booster. Minerals like iron are also needed for healthy blood levels, while potassium supports heart health.
Here are 8 fruits and vegetables packed with goodness to keep your dog happy and healthy!
They are a great source of fibre as well as vitamins A and C. But be sure to not give your dog the seeds or the core because they could be severe choking hazards. Best of all, juicy apple slices clean residue and strengthen your dog’s teeth, reducing visits to the doggy dentist!
Eyesight’s favourite veggie is high in beta carotene and loaded with vitamins A, C and K, whilst also being high in potassium and fibre. They are easy to prepare, crunchy and fun to eat, and ideal to keep teeth and gums healthy.
They help promote heart health, and are also great for weight management and for lowering blood pressure. They are easy on the digestive tract and are high in fibre, as well as vitamins A, C, E, and B.
It’s rich in vitamins A, B and C, in calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and sodium. It improves heart health, lowers blood pressure and helps fight cancer. What’s more, by including celery in your dog’s diet, you’re ensuring fresh doggy breath whenever your pooch wants to show you how much they love you!
Made up of 92% water, watermelons are excellent for hydration and skin health, especially in the heavy Maltese summer heat. It’s also a good source of vitamin A, C, B6, dietary fibre, potassium and magnesium. Plus it’s cheap and easy to find locally.
These little goodies make a fantastic low calorie and filling snack for any canine. They are a great source of natural plant fibre and are high in vitamins A, C and K.
This Chinese cabbage contains calcium, making it ideal for healthy strong bones and teeth. It’s also good for the heart, and protects against doggy cancer. This low calorie veggie is packed with vitamins A, C and K, and potassium.
So much for Halloween candy! Pumpkin is low in calories and high in vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, fibre, potassium, zinc, calcium and magnesium. And, only one cup of cooked pumpkin contains 3 grams of filling fibre!
Feed these fruits and vegetables to your dog raw, or slightly steamed, as long as you do not add any seasonings or oils. Dogs don’t chew their food like we do and will likely swallow foods whole. So it’s best to serve them fruit and vegetables thinly sliced, chopped well, or even pureed.
Be a responsible dog owner and treat your furry best friend to the freshest produce from any of these 182 Fruits & Vegetable Markets listed on yellow.com.mt. You’ll be sure to see your their tail wagging with glee whenever you approach them with their food bowl!
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