Oct
17
2016

Are Common Fall Vegetables Safe for Dogs?

Are Common Fall Vegetables Safe for Dogs?As a pet owner, you know how important it is for your dog to sustain a healthy and balanced diet. While you do your best, you likely want to feed him from the table from time to time. However, this isn’t always a bad thing. In this article, we will explore the vegetables that are common during this fall harvest and if they are safe to feed your four-legged friend. In turn, you can guarantee the health of your pet and reduce Dog Owner Liability.

Beets.

Freshly washed and home-prepared beets are perfectly safe for dogs. However, avoid giving them canned beets as they are typically loaded with preservatives and salt. Be careful about feeding them too many beets, though, as excessive eating may redden their skin and fur!

Pumpkin.

The benefits of pumpkin for dogs have been acknowledged for years. PetMD recommends only a tablespoon of pureed pumpkin mixed in with a dog’s regular food for relief of both diarrhea and constipation. Note that it should be as plain as possible, so pumpkin-pie filling is out since it is typically saturated with sugars that may only exacerbate loose stools.

Spinach.

Raw, fresh and rinsed spinach are a safe treat for your pup. While some people worry about the presence of oxalates, which lead to kidney stone development, your dog would have to eat an outrageous amount for it to have any adverse effects on his health.

Sweet potatoes.

Served boiled, baked, or dehydrated, sweet potatoes are a great snack or supplement to your dog’s diet. They are high in carbohydrates, however, so limit the amount you give them.

It’s important to note that when feeding your pet, especially during the holidays, that other dogs or family members do not disrupt their meal time. As some dogs become protective over their food, an unsuspecting guest might cause your dog to react negatively.

We want to ensure you and your pets have a safe holiday season.  In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches or causing them to fall. Injuries to other animals are also included. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.

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