Fruits and vegetables are not new to the dog food world and are an essential part of a healthy homemade dog food and raw diets. According to Dr. Karen Becker “Fruits and vegetables make the best and most nutritious snacks for your pets.” Vegetables contain several important health-promoting nutrients that are scarce in modern dog food. Two nutrients present in most raw fruits are vitamin A and vitamin C, which make fruit an important food for your dog. It keeps the skin and the whole body free of degenerative diseases and aging. Back when dogs were wild, when they killed prey, they first consumed the prey stomach contents which contained fruit and vegetable grasses that they prey had consumed. Modern dogs can also benefit from fruits and vegetables.
Vegetables give the body a more alkaline balance and some internal organs such as the liver, gallbladder, heart; pancreas, and kidneys work better in a slightly more alkaline environment. Adding fruits and vegetables to your pooch’s food will aid ensure that they have many essential nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, to help them stay healthy and strong and also strengthen their immune system, dog treats can as well be high in calories. So fruits and vegetables can provide a healthier alternative. Our modern dogs cannot thrive as vegetarians because they need complete protein sources from muscle meat and organ meat. Meat provides a complete range of amino acids, but vegetables do provide some very important components. So, the following are the benefits of fruits and vegetables for your dog.
- It helps to fight diseases: what is more important, is that vegetables can help treat degenerative disease processes such as cancer and kidney disease.
- Fiber in fruits and vegetables can help, such as kidney failure, allergies, obesity, constipation, pancreatic disease and many other degenerative disease processes.
- In addition, they can help growth problems in large breed dogs.
Raw vegetables and fruits include several essential vitamins with the majority of vitamin C and B vitamins along with cofactors. Cofactors are necessary because dogs produce their own vitamin C but they need cofactors that help the body to use it and benefit from it. They as well are able to obtain vitamin A, E and K. Since fruits and vegetables are grown from the ground, they contain important minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. So make sure your dog gets green leafy vegetables, and also ensure that what you do feed your dog is certified organic, because a lot of crops grown in North American soil are genetically modified to grow bigger and faster. At Flying Hound we only use organic fruits and vegetables. Our Bison Liver & Blueberries treats have all organic ingredients!
Also, because plants are the single source of phytonutrients which include enzymes, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory molecules, it is also essential to feed your dog with vegetables and fruits. Phytonutrients contain antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-aging, anti-degenerative and, above all, anti-cancer qualities; however, kibble fed dogs do not get any of these nutrients.
Let's not forget the important element of fiber that raw vegetables contain. It is healthier than fiber from the grains because it contains soluble fiber, which is digested by microbes in the large bowel, it bulks up the food and helps pass it through the colon. Therefore, especially for older dogs, fiber is essential to treat and prevent constipation.
Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of water for many dogs nowadays, due to their kibble food that they are fed; they live in a state of constant dehydration. Dehydration can contribute to kidney disease and bladder stones. Research suggests that phytochemicals prevent the formation of carcinogens, prevent carcinogens from reaching target cells and promote enzymes that detoxify carcinogens. Spinach is rich in zeaxanthin and lutein. Both are necessary for the health of the eyes and have what it takes to protect against cancer. Did you know we sneak in spinach into our Cheddar & Parmesan Training Treats?
You should include vegetables and fruit in your dog's diet and their treats, since both sources serve as a natural medicine to our furry friends boosting their immunity and longevity.