It’s gardening season, and we can’t wait to get out and start planting our fruits and veggies!
Gardening is a great way to get exercise, work on your tan, and promote a healthy lifestyle. You can even include your dog in the fun by planting pet-safe plants. There are many plants that can cause harm to household pets. So, it’s important to choose your garden contents wisely.
For the pet parents out there, who love to garden, we’ve compiled a list of 16 plants that are totally safe for your dog. Turn them into a healthy snack that both you and your pup can enjoy!
Asparagus is a superfood with many benefits for humans and dogs! Asparagus can reduce inflammation, and has anti-aging and cancer fighting abilities. The asparagus plant contains high levels of vitamin K, folate, copper, iron, vitamin B1 and B2, as well as other vitamins and minerals. You can serve asparagus to your dog raw, cooked, or baked into a treat.
Blueberries are another great treat for dogs. Blueberries contain powerful antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals that promote a healthy digestive system, as well as vitamin C, E, A, and B. Blueberries can also be frozen to give them a crunch that dogs love!
Blackberries, like blueberries, contain high amounts of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins that fight free radicals. Blackberries are commonly found along roadsides and hiking trails, making them an easily accessible snack. Give blackberries whole, or mush them into a paste and cool in the fridge for a summer treat.
Broccoli contains many vitamins and minerals that benefit not only you, but your pup. Preferably served cooked, broccoli is a great dinner time snack for dogs looking to get a vitamin boost.
Similar to broccoli, cauliflower contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals that can help your dog get the nutrients he needs. However, cauliflower is known to give dogs some serious gas. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, we suggest substituting cauliflower with its green cousin.
Cantaloupe is a sweet treat for pups and humans, but it also contains high levels of natural vitamins. Cantaloupe is a great source of vitamin A, B complex, C, plus fiber, beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, niacin, pantothenic acid, and folic acid. This fruit can be served in a multitude of ways that your dog will love.
Carrots promote a healthy skin and coat, and are jam packed with nutrients. Carrots contain vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1, and B6. Carrots are also great for aiding dogs in digestion. Try cooked carrots for a tummy soothing snack.
Celery contains antioxidants which are great for arthritic dogs. The nutrients help fight swelling, and are low in calories. Celery is best served cut into small pieces, to avoid choking hazards. This vegetable is crunchy, which is appealing to dogs, but should never be given whole.
Cucumbers are not only tasty, but have lots of health benefits! Cucumber has been proven to help fight cancer, lower blood pressure, and lower diabetic symptoms. Kidney and liver health are greatly improved by cucumber, in both humans and dogs. Slice some up and give as a reward for good behavior and training.
Green beans are nutritious and low in calories, making them a great snack for your dog. Green beans contain high levels of iron and vitamins, and can be given in small or large quantities. Green beans can cause terrible gas, however. So, they are not recommended for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
Containing vitamins K and C, Green lettuce, like romaine, is a great source of nutrients for your dog. Iceberg, on the other hand, provides no nutritional benefits. Other greens, like kale and arugula make great nutrient boosters as well!
Snap or Snow Peas
Snap peas are a crunchy treats for humans, but can also be given to your dog. Snap and snow peas are sweet, but low in calories. This makes them ideal for training or rewarding your dog for good behavior. Snap peas can be given frequently, but not in large quantities.
Pumpkin is well known to dog parents as the miracle fruit. Pumpkin helps soothe upset stomachs, and aids in digestion. Pumpkin can be used to help fight diarrhea or constipation, based on the amount given to the dog. Many people add pumpkin to their dogs breakfast to help with consistent bowel movements. Pumpkin is a great source of fiber, iron, zinc, potassium, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and vitamin A. Serve the pumpkin meat as a paste, or dried and mixed with kibble.
Cooked squash is a healthy snack for dogs. Liquified squash or squash soup can also be added to your dog’s kibble for a nutrient and flavor booster. It is recommended that dogs eat squash in small quantities, as the carbs can be hard on their digestive system.
Watermelon is a fun and tasty treat for dogs! Watermelon is low in calories, and packed with nutrients like vitamins A, B6, C, and potassium. Watermelon is juice, sweet, and can be cooled in the fridge for a summer snack. Be sure to remove any seeds, and don’t let your dog eat the rinds.
Many of these plants make great snacks for your pup, but be sure to supervise them while they’re eating. Your dog may be allergic or sensitive to certain plants.