Give your dog some safe greens to enjoy in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! Dogtopia has prepared a list of pup-approved and healthy green veggie treat swaps that will leave them begging for more.
Whether they’re fresh, frozen or thawed, green peas are a tasty alternative to various fatty treats and are packed with vitamins, protein, minerals and fiber. The best kinds of peas for your dog are snow peas, snap peas, and English (garden) peas.
Green beans are a low-calorie snack full of fiber and vitamins! Your dog will likely enjoy them chopped, steamed (and cooled), raw or right from a can (unsalted). Regardless of how you serve them to your furry family member, remember to prepare green beans without salt or other seasonings.
Did you know broccoli is high in fiber and vitamin C? Broccoli can be enjoyed by dogs either raw or cooked and is best served as a treat in bite-sized pieces.
Brussels sprouts are full of antioxidants and nutrients to keep your dog filled with energy. Although dogs may love to enjoy brussels sprouts any way they are prepared, it is recommend serving them to your pup after steaming, boiling or microwaving and serving once cooled. These veggies are a little too dense to be served raw, so before your dog begins to enjoy them, make sure they have been prepared in a way that will not harm their teeth.
Dogs enjoy crunchy treats which make celery the perfect green snack! Celery is full of A, B and C vitamins, promotes heart health for dogs and freshens their breath along the way. Before handing an entire celery stalk to your dog, cut up this crunchy green snack into smaller chunks to prevent tooth damage.
Like celery, spinach is full of A, B and C vitamins as well as vitamin K, iron and roughage. This means spinach will stimulate your dog’s digestive tract while providing what your dog needs to stay active and on the go. Prepare spinach for your dog by cutting up the leaves, steaming until thin and serving in a small amount.
Cucumber is great for dogs trying to watch their figure as they contain little to no carbs, fats or oils and assist with boosting energy levels. This green snack is loaded with K, C and B12 vitamins among other natural nutrients. If you take your dog outside on a hot day and want to rehydrate them with a snack, look no further than cucumber as this veggie can be used to refuel your dog after rigorous activity.
We are lucky to be pet parents, so let’s keep our furry family members safe, healthy and happy by keeping their nutrition top of mind. As a reminder, these snacks should be enjoyed as a special treat, so please do not allow your dog to overindulge. If you have any specific dietary questions as it pertains to your pup, please contact your veterinarian.
Looking for a way to further prioritize your dog’s physical health in addition to their daily nutrition? Find a Dogtopia daycare near you to assist your pup in naturally improving their exercise, socialization and skillset by enrolling them in regular daycare today.
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