Can dogs eat fruit and vegetables like us humans and is it good for them?
We give you the answer to all these questions!
Most dogs may not need as many vegetables and fruit as us humans do. However, having veggies like peas and other greens will significantly boost their immune system and your pup will definitely enjoy it as a healthy snack...
Can dogs have peas for a healthy diet?|All the facts you need to know
A question we get so much (believe it or not!) is, "can my dog eat peas!?" Firstly, incorporating vegetables, such as peas, as a way of having healthier snack times is an excellent health decision to make for your dog. Peas definitely make a tasty and healthy meal if you add it into your dog's diet as a dinner topping or even as a bit of a treat. Looking at their size, you can make tasty tiny bits to use as a training incentives too...
Peas for dogs. What nutritional value do peas have for my dog?
These little green morsels are high in fibre and protein and low in calories. Peas are known to contain vitamins A, B, C and K. These help to keep your dog's eyes, teeth, nervous system and bones very healthy. These vitamins also provide antioxidant properties to fight cancer and cell damage. Peas are legumes that provide minerals such as potassium and magnesium, which will help to maintain a healthy heart. They also have iron and folate, which are vital for their blood health.
Can I give my dog canned peas?
Canned peas are preserved using salt, therefore meaning they are very high in sodium. Salty foods are prone to giving your pup an upset tummy. Small amounts of canned peas won't harm your dog though you need to ensure you do not do too much feeding peas from a can.
This could be a variation of peas to only give your dog when you have absolutely no option. Sodium poisoning, dehydration and high blood pressure are all problems that your dog may be at risk of if they take too many canned peas.
Can dogs eat frozen peas?
Frozen peas will not pose the same choking risk as ice does. This is, of course, if the peas are not frozen in a big green lump. On a hot day, you could help your dog cool down by giving them a few frozen peas to munch on.
FYI Freezing does not take any nutritional value from the veggies.
Can dogs have sugar snap peas?
Snap peas contain vitamins, such as folate, B5, C, E, A, and K. Like regular green peas. They also have high levels of manganese, iron, copper, calcium and magnesium.
Sugar snap peas contain an antioxidant called lutein, which is beneficial for the health of your dog's heart, skin and eyes.
You can feed them to your dog chopped into small pieces on top of or as a common ingredient (cooked or raw) in your dog's homemade dog food. You could also simply serve them washed and whole.
Can dogs eat garden peas?
The answer for this type of peas is yes. Yes, you can add garden peas to your dog's diet. They are another variety of peas that is perfectly safe for dogs to have.
Just remember only to feed garden peas in moderation.
NB* Never feed your dogs the pod from garden peas because it is inedible.
Can I feed my dog snow peas?
Feeding peas such as snow peas are very safe and nutritious for your dog. Snow peas are edible-pod peas with a flat pod and thin pod walls. It is eaten whole, with both the seeds and the pod, while still unripened.
Because the walls are thin, digestion and chewing of the pea are not issues your dog will face. However, if your dog is of a much smaller breed, you might want to think of chopping these peas.
How many peas can I feed my dog?
Dogs eat peas way less than human beings do. This is because animals should be on a more protein-based diet. This is fundamental for both their mental and physical health.
Vets tell us that even a handful is way too many peas to give to even a big dog. Keep at a maximum of a tablespoon for the larger breeds and a teaspoon for the tinier pups. This is also to avoid problems like bloating, flatulence and increased blood pressure.
Can dogs eat peas?| Are peas harmful to dogs?
If taken in moderation, peas will not harm your dog. Problems with blood pressure, upset stomach and kidney stones are some of the worst-case scenarios that have been known to arise when dogs eat peas in excess.
The intake of Green beans and all other variants of fresh or frozen peas are significant as an occasional treat for your dog. Peapods are a choking hazard for smaller dogs and must be cut into smaller fragments to avoid nasty accidents.
What other fruits and vegetables can I give my dog?
There are other fruits and vegetables that dogs can eat as healthy treats during training or just as a healthy snack. Carrots, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and English peas all make for a great snack or tasty treat for your dog. These vegetables can also be incorporated into your dog's food for better taste and other health benefits.
Many fruit and vegetables can make great treats and are a lot less fattening that treats from the pet store that can pile on the pounds for your pup and also have loads of additives in them.
Remember, that any vegetables you do give your dog should be raw or steamed or boiled without any added sauces or oils or butters. It is also best to cut it in to bite sized chunks so you remove the choking hazard and start slow. Don't give your dog too much at once!
Dog-safe vegetables include:
Broccoli – in small amounts, raw or steamed
Carrots – many dogs enjoy them raw, but they can be given steamed or boiled
Green beans – steamed, boiled or raw
Peas – sugar snap peas, garden peas and mangetout, but avoid tinned peas
Sweet potatoes and potatoes – plain, boiled or steamed (not raw)
Sweetcorn – fresh cooked corn with nothing added can be given to dogs but it must be cut off the cob first! (*source: PDSA)
Which fruits can my dog eat?
There are a number of fruits that our dogs can enjoy, but do keep in mind that fruits do have much more sugar in than vegetables so it's always best to keep as an occasional treat rather than a regular snack!
Dog-safe fruit includes:
Apples – de-seeded and cored
Bananas – in very small amounts as they are high in sugar
Cranberries – some dogs might not like the taste, but they’re safe!
Mango – remove hard stone/pit and skin
Nectarine – remove the stone/pit
Orange – remove the skin and any seeds. Some dogs don’t like the taste but oranges are safe
Peach – remove the stone/pit
Pears – remove the seeds/core/pit
Pineapple – remove the skin
Strawberries – very sugary so only very small amounts
Watermelon – remove rind and seeds
Which fruit and vegetables are NOT safe for dogs?
Keep an eye on your dog if you are feeding them new fruits and vegetables. It could give them a bad tummy if they aren't used to it and never give them too much at once!
Keep in mind that there are a number of fruits and veg that you really shouldn’t feed your dog. At all. These can be toxic and cause issues. If your dog does eat any of these by mistake then make sure to call the vet asap to be safe.
Unsafe fruit and veg includes:
Avocado – can cause very upset stomach
Cherries – pits/stones contain cyanide which is toxic to dogs
Corn on the cob – the cob can cause blockages
Garlic – toxic to dogs
Grapes/raisins – toxic to dogs.
Grapefruit – very acidic and can upset your dog’s stomach
Leeks – toxic to dogs
Lemon – very acidic and can upset your dog’s stomach
Lime – very acidic and can upset your dog’s stomach
Mushrooms – certain types are toxic to dogs, so best to steer clear
Onion – toxic to dogs
Plums – stone/pit can be toxic or cause blockages and can often get left in the plum
Potatoes (raw) and potato plants – when raw they can be toxic and the plants and leaves can also be dangerous
Rhubarb – toxic to dogs
Tomato (unripe) and tomato plants – while the ripe red flesh is safe, the green parts can be toxic so best to avoid