Updated: Oct 8
Should you add fruit and vegetables to your dog's raw diet?
The short answer is it's up to you.
Fruit and vegetables carry some unique benefits your dog cant get from animal products.
And in the wild, your dog's ancestors ate a reasonable amount of grasses and berries.
And I like to think that they ate them for a reason, because animals are very good at sourcing out the foods their bodies need.
So what benefits do fruit and vegetables offer that can't be found in meat?
PROBOTICS: Are indigestible plant fibers. They feed important little bugs that live in your dog's gut (called probiotics)
CHLOROPHYLL: Is the green pigment in plants that makes your dog's cells healthy. It also detoxifies his liver and digestive system and can protect against cancer.
LYCOPENE: Is another powerful antioxidant. It can play a role in preventing and slowing cancer. Lycopene gives many vegetables their red colour. It's found in tomatoes, carrots, red cabbage & watermelon.
LUTEIN: Is another antioxidant that's known to protect the eyes, skin and heart. I'ts found in dark leafy greens and in yellow plants, including kale, broccoli, oranges and papaya.
FLAVONOIDS: Or bio-flavonoids can regulate cell signalin. They also have antioxidant, ant inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. In general, the more colourful the plant food, the higher it is in bioflavonoids.
My dogs love eating fruits and veggies and I like giving them for the above reasons and to get the most out of their fruit and vegetables... you can either run them through a juicer or processor or lightly stream them first
Fruits and veggies can be pricey, so to help your dog get the most out of them, we either grow our own or buy organic, that way we know they don't have any pesticides sprayed over them.