New fur parents are often hesitant about giving anything but commercial dog food to their dogs. It’s perfectly understandable, especially if you’re a bit overprotective with Fido. Surprisingly, dogs can actually eat a variety of food that you think would not be safe for them.

Vegetables, for instance, are usually overlooked. Adding a few ounces of veggies to your pets’ meals can aid in digestive processes, fighting common diseases, and even freshen your breath, like parsley does! Take a moment to go through these Frequently Asked Questions concerning feeding vegetables, specifically zucchinis, to your dog.

Why Should I Give Vegetables To My Dog?

We all know that dogs are carnivores. Unlike humans who absolutely need to eat vegetables, our furry pals can get all the nutrients they need from most dog food. But it’s okay to add vegetables to their food especially if your dogs have special needs. Select vegetables have exceptionally high nutritional value and are incredibly low-calorie so it’s the perfect snack for furkids who are suffering from obesity. The top ten vegetables that are safe for dogs include zucchinis, broccoli, carrots, asparagus, kale, mushrooms, pumpkin, sweet potato, parsley, and green beans.

A zucchini is a good source of Vitamin C. Even though dogs can produce this nutrient on their own, Vitamin C can benefit pets who are stressed and sicked. It’s not just anxiety that stresses our pets. Factors such as ear cropping, gestation or lactation, participating in demanding training, and hard work (for pets who take part in sled racing, are used to herd or hunt) can seriously decrease their Vitamin C supply. Zucchinis can help in ensuring your dogs stay in tip-top shape.

Are There Any Risks?

Avoid giving your dogs a raw zucchini straight from your grocery bag. Just like most fruits and vegetables, the outer layer is indigestible. Eating the skin will give your dogs an upset tummy.

If you happen to have zucchinis planted in your garden and discovered your dogs munching on them, don’t panic! Any part of this nutritious plant is non-toxic, including the flowers.

Some baked goods that have zucchini as an ingredient should not be freely given as well. Make sure to read the ingredients before giving your pooch a piece of bread. Some may have a high sugar content, which can cause obesity and give your poor pup an upset stomach.

Consider pureeing, shredding or crushing veggies to avoid indigestion. We recommend buying organic produce to ensure your pets are getting all the nutrition they need. Organic vegetables are not genetically modified or sprayed with harmful pesticides that can harm your pets.

Do I need to Cook Zucchinis Before Feeding My Dog?

You don’t need to, but the smell of zucchinis can be a bit of a turn-off to some dogs. It’s best to cook them or include them in your dog treat recipes. Oil and other fats are not good for canines, so take care not to fry them. Roasting, baking, and steaming them are other great ways to serve zucchinis to your pooch.

When cooking zucchinis, don’t try to add salt (contributes to dehydration and high blood pressure in canines) or add seasonings such as salt, and garlic and onion powder. It’s crucial to remember that consuming garlic and onion can lead to a condition called hemolytic anemia, a fatal condition that destroys red blood cells and removes them from the bloodstream. Your dog will die if not taken to a vet immediately.

Can You Give Me Zucchini Recipes For My Picky Eater?

Baked Zucchini Dog Biscuits

Personally, the perfect biscuits are crunchy outside and chewy inside. And if you have the same biscuit preference, this recipe will have you sneaking a bite or two. Naughty, naughty! Leave some for Fido and store them in an airtight container.

Zucchini Crisps

Oh, we know that zucchinis do not smell as interesting as some of the treats your dog is used to. Here’s a simple 3-ingredient recipe that’s fairly easy to make, but will mask the zucchini smell that some of the picky eaters do not like.

Spinach, Carrot and Zucchini Dog Treats

Pureed pumpkin, chopped spinach, shredded carrots and zucchini in one delightful recipe. Even the pickiest eaters can’t tell that they’re vegetables masked as delicious dog treats. Your pooch’s happy face will tell you that it’s worth kneading that dough!

Before You Go…

While vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals that our pets need, keep in mind that these should only be supplemental and should not go over 10% of their diet. Some dogs tend to wait for these treats and might not eat the dog food you prepared for them. This is where the problem comes in and their diet becomes unhealthy. If you’re unsure about feeding vegetables to them, consult a veterinarian. You should also call or visit your vet before giving your pet any new food or change his diet.