Fall brings cooler weather and a whole new assortment of seasonal fruit and vegetables. As you are wandering through markets and pumpkin patches, you may be wondering what are healthy fall foods for dogs? You enjoy them and would like to share some with your best friend. The good news is there are lots of fall produce safe for dogs to eat.
What are some healthy fall foods for dogs?
Before you get the answer to the question below, please note I am not a veterinarian or dog nutritionist. I recommend consulting with your vet prior feeding your dog any of the fruit or vegetables listed in this article.
Apples are a great source of vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and fiber. They are low in protein and fat, making them a great snack for dogs especially those with low-fat and low-protein dietary requirements. It is critical to remove the seeds and core before feeding apples to your dog because the seeds contain cyanide (a poisonous chemical).
Broccoli is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense vegetable. Dogs can eat raw or cooked broccoli in small amounts. Be aware it contains isothiocyanates, which are compounds that may irritate your dog’s digestive system if he eats too much of it.
Brussels Sprouts is a cruciferous vegetable is loaded with nutrients, vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Small amounts are recommended because they contain a high level of isothiocyanate that can cause gas, stomach upset, and diarrhea. Do not feed your dog raw Brussels sprouts. You should steam, boil, or microwave them. Start with giving your dog a small portion, about a half or 1 sprout, depending on your dog’s size. If that goes well, you can offer him an occasional Brussels sprout treat (no more than three per serving).
Cauliflower is a good source of vitamins C, K, and B6, plus folate, and choline. It is safe to feed your dog, either raw or cooked. Like Brussels sprouts, you want to feed it to your dog in small amounts because it can cause gas. Give cauliflower to your dog as an occasional treat and not on a regular basis.
Celeriac (Celery Root)
Celeriac aka celery root is a great source of vitamin K and minerals such as phosphorus, iron, calcium, copper, and manganese. Dogs can eat cooked celeriac. You want to feed it to your dog in small amounts because it is high in carbohydrate content and can cause gas.
Leafy Greens – Leafy greens are just as healthy for dogs as for people. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, iron and potassium, leafy greens are also a good source of fiber. Some of the best ones for dogs are kale and spinach. It is okay for your dog to eat raw leafy greens, however, some leaves are known to contain toxins including oxalates. Cooking or steaming the greens lightly will help break down the toxins and save the nutritional value. Swiss and rainbow chard are not recommended for pets with kidney stones (or are at risk for developing kidney stones), gout, osteoporosis, or stomach issues. You can feed your fur baby small amounts of rainbow chard as an occasional treat
Pears are a great fruit snack because they’re high in copper, vitamins C and K, and fiber. You must remove the seeds and core before feeding pears to your dog. Like apples, the seeds contain cyanide.
Potatoes are a good source of vitamins C and B6, potassium, manganese, and fiber. Dogs can eat cooked potatoes. Never feed your dog raw potatoes because they contain solanine, a compound that is toxic to dogs. Cooking reduces solanine levels. If you are watching your dog’s weight, note potatoes have a high carbohydrate content and may cause weight gain if eaten in large quantities.
Pumpkin – Fall wouldn’t be the same without some pumpkin. You’ll probably find thousands of recipes for it for both humans and dogs. It’s definitely one of the top healthy fall foods for dogs. It’s high in fiber and loaded with vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. And if your dog has had tummy issues is diarrhea, your vet or friends have probably recommended giving your dog pumpkin. Note pumpkin helps both diarrhea and constipation and likewise can cause both. You’ll want to feed it to your dog in moderation. You can easily make homemade pumpkin puree in a slow cooker or Instant Pot.
Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamins A, C, B6 and B5, manganese, potassium, and fiber. – Dogs can eat cooked sweet potatoes. Never feed your dog raw sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A and easy for dogs to digest. Like potatoes, they are high carbohydrate, so moderation is key. You can add a small amount of sweet potatoes to your dog’s regular food or as an occasional treat.
Winter Squash. Dogs can eat the cooked flesh of acorn, butternut, spaghetti, and pretty much all winter squash. You must remove the skin and the seeds because they are toxic to dogs. Do not feed your dog raw winter squash.
There are so many great healthy fall foods for dogs! Get some to share with your best friend. Use them to make awesome homemade dog treats. You might as well enjoy the season to its fullest.
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