Dogs Eat Veggies?!?!?!?
When grocery shopping, Manbeast and I always grab extra bananas, cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes. This isn’t because we just can’t get enough fruits and veggies, it’s because instead of traditional dog treats, we feed our pups fresh produce.
This causes our guests to constantly exclaim: “Your dogs will eat that?! I thought that dogs only ate meat!”. Nope. Dogs eat fruits, veggies, meat, underwear, dirt, cat poop, dead things, cat hairballs, walls…they actually have fairly diverse diets. However, since I don’t want to feed my dogs underwear and cat poop, I have opted to feed them healthy, actual food for snacks instead of garbage treats. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of healthy dog treats out there if you look hard enough, but they cost a good hand of change and when you have big dogs, tiny healthy treats don’t go very far. It’s much easier to split a banana between them. Cheaper and healthier, too.
They don’t appreciate all of nature’s bounty, though. Mylo absolutely refuses to eat celery, while Toady spits out broccoli on the floor like a small child who just tried it for the first time. Other than that, they’ll eat just about whatever we give to them. I’ve heard that some dogs will not permit a vegetable to come near them, but luckily mine don’t have that aversion.
Since Manbeast and I try to eat healthy, it’s only natural that we would try to boost our dogs diets with healthier treats. Many manufactured dog treats contain high fat, lots of various grains (cornmeal, flour, cornstarch, chicken meal, etc.) so you have to regulate how much they can eat so that you don’t cause negative health issues such as obesity, skin conditions, and so on. With produce, I can give them as much as I please without worrying about “over-treating” them. Do your research though, some garden goods can be harmful to dogs, so make sure to look before you go too crazy.
I prefer to stick with the fresh stuff instead of feeding them garbage treats, and cat poop just makes their breath so terrible. Our dogs are not on vegetarian diets. We only substitute treats with carrots and such. They still eat two meals of Acana Pacifica every day.
Do you feed your dogs (or cats) veggies? What are their favorites? Have you ever surprised anyone by feeding your pets produce?
PS: I found this after I wrote this and it is completely and hilariously relevant: http://store.someecards.com/organic-treats-mug.html