When it comes to choosing treats, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. You want to make sure that store-bought versions don't contain too many unhealthy ingredients. You can always DIY some at home, but if you ever want to add some easy options outside of store-bought treats, you can use fruits and vegetables as a yummy option.
Here's a few dog-friendly fruits and vegetables for your fur-baby:
Mangos are high in fiber, as well as vitamins A, B6, C, and E, making it quite nutritious for dogs. They are also sweet, so it's usually a favorite for doggies!
Apples are a good source of fiber as well as vitamins A and C. As an added bonus, they also help clean residue off a dog's teeth.
Before feeding it to your doggie, make sure to remove the seeds, as they can be choking hazards.
As we all know, oranges are full of vitamin C, which can benefit your dog's immune system. They are also full of nutrients, potassium, and some fiber, and are low in sodium, which makes them a healthy snack if given in limited amounts.
Who doesn’t love strawberries? They are full of antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, potassium, iodine, and folic acid. They also contain vitamins B1, B6, C, and K.
As an added bonus, strawberries contain an enzyme that can help whiten your doggie's teeth.
Blueberries are not only a great low-calorie treat for dogs, but they also contain antioxidants, fiber and vitamins C and K. These nutrients support the immune system and contribute to overall health. Plus, they’re already small enough to feed your dog!
With all these fruits, make sure to look up the proper serving size for your dog's size. Even though the sugar in fruits is natural sugar, too much of it isn't recommended.
Brussels sprouts contain vitamin K, which helps blood clot properly, builds bones, and protects the heart. They also contain vitamins C, A, B1, and B6 and its antioxidants reduce inflammation and improve blood circulation. However, brussel sprouts are known to cause gas, so you may want to feed in moderation.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber, among other vitamins. Chewing on carrots can also help improve your dog's dental health.
Cucumbers are another great option that’s low in calories. This crunchy vegetable is mainly water (96%), which makes it a tasty and hydrating summer treat. They are also an excellent source of vitamin K.
Celery is low in fat and cholesterol and is an excellent source of fiber. It is a great source of vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, potassium, iron, sodium, and phosphorus.
It is also known to help fight heart disease and lower the risk of cancer and premature aging, due to its antioxidants.
As an extra bonus, celery can also freshen up your pup's breath.
Zucchini is another great low-calorie treat for your dog. They’re rich in vitamins B & C, and they’re a great source of dietary fiber. They're also low in fat and cholesterol.
As mentioned earlier with the fruits, make sure to look up the right serving size for your dog's size.