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Fruits and Veggies for Pets

We all know that smaller pets, such as rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs, love fruit and vegetables. But did you know that fruits such as bananas, oranges, and mangoes all make great additions to your dog or cat's diet?

Whether you're looking to slim down your pet's waistline, or are just looking for healthy alternatives to commercial pet treats, we've got a great list for you! Many of the fruits and vegetables we eat can also be given to our pets, however some can be dangerous and should be avoided entirely. Find out which fruits and vegetables are safe to feed your pet:
A Husky puppy chews on an apple


Adding new foods to pet diets

Introducing new foods into your pet's diet may cause upset stomach issues such as vomiting or diarrhea. Be cautious to introduce only one new fruit or vegetable at a time to help you spot any health changes.

Fruit

All the following fruits are safe for your dog or cat to eat. However, be sure to wash all fruits and remove rinds, inedible skins, seeds, and pits before feeding to pets.

Be sure to wash all fruits and remove rinds, inedible skins, seeds, and pits before feeding to pets.

  • Apple - Apples are high in fiber and low in fat, making them the ideal snack for more senior pets who will have low metabolism. They're also packed with vitamins A and C which are essential for maintaining healthy bones and tissue. Feed your pet apples in moderation and remove the core and seeds first, as they contain cyanide.

  • Apricot

  • Banana

  • Blueberries

  • Cantaloupe

  • Cranberries

  • Mango

  • Orange

  • Pear

  • Pineapple

  • Raspberries - Raspberries are low in sugar and contain lots of fiber and vitamin C. Their anti-inflammatory properties make them great for older pets. However, they should be given in moderation as they contain small amounts of Xylitol, a sweetener which can be toxic to pets in large doses.

  • Strawberries

  • Watermelon - Watermelon is almost 92% water, so it is great for keeping your pet hydrated. It also contains Vitamins A, C, and B-6, as well as potassium which helps maintain healthy muscle and nerve function.

Steer clear of: Cherries are toxic to cats and dogs, and grapes and raisins can cause kidney damage. Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and grapefruit as well as persimmons can cause an upset stomach.


Vegetables

The following vegetables are suitable for your dog or cat to eat. Consider steaming or boiling cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, as they are much easier to digest when cooked.

  • Asparagus

  • Bell peppers (red, green, yellow)

  • Broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Cabbage

  • Carrots - Carrots are low in calories, high in fiber, and crunching on them is great for your pet's teeth! They also contain beta-carotene, which helps maintain healthy skin and eye health.

  • Cauliflower

  • Celery - Celery is low in calories and is packed full of nutrients and antioxidants. It also has high water content that has been shown to help freshen your pet's breath!

  • Cucumber

  • Green beans

  • Lettuce

  • Pumpkin

  • Peas

  • Spinach

  • Sweet potato

  • Zucchini

Steer clear of: Never feed your pet onions or garlic as they are toxic in all forms: cooked, raw, and even onion powder. These cause damage to the red blood cells, ultimately causing them to burst. Rhubarb and wild mushrooms also contain toxins. We suggest avoiding corn as it is a common allergen among pets.


Tips for feeding your pet fruits and vegetables from Trupanion veterinarian, Dr. Sarah Nold

Trupanion veterinarian, Sarah Nold, DVM, offers expert advice on incorporating fruits and vegetables into your pet’s diet, including which fruits and vegetables have the biggest health benefits and what to do if you believe your cat or dog may have a food allergy.

Why should I include fruits and vegetables in my pet’s diet?

Your pet’s diet should be nutritionally balanced, low in fat and appropriate for your pet’s life stage. Adding fruits and vegetables to your pet’s diet will help ensure that they’re getting plenty of essential nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, to help them stay strong and healthy and boost their immune system. Pet treats can also be high in calories, so fruits and vegetables can provide a healthier alternative.

How many fruits and vegetables should I feed my pet?

Small amounts of vegetables can be incorporated into your pet’s regular food at meal times, or pea-sized pieces of fruits or vegetables can be given to your pet as a healthy, low-calorie snack. However, avoid feeding your pet fruits such as strawberries, bananas, and pineapple too often as they contain high levels of sugar.

Which fruits and vegetables are bad for your pet?

In the same way that chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs, some fruits and vegetables are too. Onions, garlic, wild mushrooms, avocado, and rhubarb are all poisonous to pets, and corn is also a common allergen. You should also avoid feeding grapes and raisins to your pet, as they can cause kidney damage.

Does my pet have an allergy to a certain fruit or vegetable?

You should always gradually introduce any new foods to your pet’s diet to avoid any stomach upsets. Feed your pet small amounts of the fruit or vegetable to begin with, and always introduce one type of fruit or vegetable at a time so if your pet does have an adverse reaction, it will be easier for you to determine the cause. Symptoms of a food allergy include sickness, diarrhea, and skin problems, however your veterinarian will be able to confirm for sure if your pet has an allergy and can advise on the best course of action.

 
 



Adding new foods to pet diets

Introducing new foods into your pet's diet may cause upset stomach issues such as vomiting or diarrhea. Be cautious to introduce only one new fruit or vegetable at a time to help you spot any health changes.

Fruit

All the following fruits are safe for your dog or cat to eat. However, be sure to wash all fruits and remove rinds, inedible skins, seeds, and pits before feeding to pets.

Be sure to wash all fruits and remove rinds, inedible skins, seeds, and pits before feeding to pets.

  • Apple - Apples are high in fiber and low in fat, making them the ideal snack for more senior pets who will have low metabolism. They're also packed with vitamins A and C which are essential for maintaining healthy bones and tissue. Feed your pet apples in moderation and remove the core and seeds first, as they contain cyanide.

  • Apricot

  • Banana

  • Blueberries

  • Cantaloupe

  • Cranberries

  • Mango

  • Orange

  • Pear

  • Pineapple

  • Raspberries - Raspberries are low in sugar and contain lots of fiber and vitamin C. Their anti-inflammatory properties make them great for older pets. However, they should be given in moderation as they contain small amounts of Xylitol, a sweetener which can be toxic to pets in large doses.

  • Strawberries

  • Watermelon - Watermelon is almost 92% water, so it is great for keeping your pet hydrated. It also contains Vitamins A, C, and B-6, as well as potassium which helps maintain healthy muscle and nerve function.

Steer clear of: Cherries are toxic to cats and dogs, and grapes and raisins can cause kidney damage. Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and grapefruit as well as persimmons can cause an upset stomach.

Vegetables

The following vegetables are suitable for your dog or cat to eat. Consider steaming or boiling cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, as they are much easier to digest when cooked.

  • Asparagus

  • Bell peppers (red, green, yellow)

  • Broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Cabbage

  • Carrots - Carrots are low in calories, high in fiber, and crunching on them is great for your pet's teeth! They also contain beta-carotene, which helps maintain healthy skin and eye health.

  • Cauliflower

  • Celery - Celery is low in calories and is packed full of nutrients and antioxidants. It also has high water content that has been shown to help freshen your pet's breath!

  • Cucumber

  • Green beans

  • Lettuce

  • Pumpkin

  • Peas

  • Spinach

  • Sweet potato

  • Zucchini

Steer clear of: Never feed your pet onions or garlic as they are toxic in all forms: cooked, raw, and even onion powder. These cause damage to the red blood cells, ultimately causing them to burst. Rhubarb and wild mushrooms also contain toxins. We suggest avoiding corn as it is a common allergen among pets.


Tips for feeding your pet fruits and vegetables from Trupanion veterinarian, Dr. Sarah Nold

Trupanion veterinarian, Sarah Nold, DVM, offers expert advice on incorporating fruits and vegetables into your pet’s diet, including which fruits and vegetables have the biggest health benefits and what to do if you believe your cat or dog may have a food allergy.

Why should I include fruits and vegetables in my pet’s diet?

Your pet’s diet should be nutritionally balanced, low in fat and appropriate for your pet’s life stage. Adding fruits and vegetables to your pet’s diet will help ensure that they’re getting plenty of essential nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, to help them stay strong and healthy and boost their immune system. Pet treats can also be high in calories, so fruits and vegetables can provide a healthier alternative.

How many fruits and vegetables should I feed my pet?

Small amounts of vegetables can be incorporated into your pet’s regular food at meal times, or pea-sized pieces of fruits or vegetables can be given to your pet as a healthy, low-calorie snack. However, avoid feeding your pet fruits such as strawberries, bananas, and pineapple too often as they contain high levels of sugar.

Which fruits and vegetables are bad for your pet?

In the same way that chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs, some fruits and vegetables are too. Onions, garlic, wild mushrooms, avocado, and rhubarb are all poisonous to pets, and corn is also a common allergen. You should also avoid feeding grapes and raisins to your pet, as they can cause kidney damage.

Does my pet have an allergy to a certain fruit or vegetable?

You should always gradually introduce any new foods to your pet’s diet to avoid any stomach upsets. Feed your pet small amounts of the fruit or vegetable to begin with, and always introduce one type of fruit or vegetable at a time so if your pet does have an adverse reaction, it will be easier for you to determine the cause. Symptoms of a food allergy include sickness, diarrhea, and skin problems, however your veterinarian will be able to confirm for sure if your pet has an allergy and can advise on the best course of action.

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