50% Rugged Farm- Dog 50% Couch- Pooch
|Barked: Fri Feb 1, '08 8:55am PST |
|Do not feed avacados, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, or raw potatoes. All of these are toxic to dogs.
Fruits and vegetables have no benefit in a dog's diet unless they are pureed or steamed. Dogs are carnivores designed to live off a diet of meat, cartilage, tendons, bones, organs, and tissues of other animals. So, their stomachs cannot digest or break down the cellulose that is found in all plant matter. If the dog can't break down the celluslose, it can't get to the nutrients inside of the vegetable, so the veggie/fruit just "passes" through the system undigested and come out looking exactly how it came in. Steaming veggies or mushing them up helps break down the cellulose before it reaches the dog's stomach so the dog can then break down the small amount of cellulose that is left to get the vitamins, DNA, and mineral content of the plant.
Good veggies to give are carrots, kale, cabbage, beets, green beans, peas, celery, and broccoli. Good fruits are apples, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and mango. Remove all pits and seeds from any fruit before offering.