Vegetables for dogs are important
While many people think of dogs as being purely meat eaters or carnivores, that is actually far from the case. Dogs have always eaten vegetables in one way or another. Besides, meat itself doesn’t provide your dog with all the vitamins and minerals it requires from its diet. For essential nutrients and fibre, your dog needs fruit, vegetables and herbs. In other words, vegetables for dogs are important.
Dogs have always eaten plant material. Don’t forget, the domestic dog has been man’s best friend for more than 12,000 years. Commercial dog food is little more than 150 years old. So for the vast majority of the last 12 millennia, dogs have eaten what their human companions have eaten. And that would have included fruit and vegetables!
Studies show us that the health of our dogs can be considerably improved with the addition of vegetables to their diet. We know for example that the addition of green leafy vegetables three or four times a week can reduce the risk of canine cancer by up to 90%.
That fact alone should encourage us all to enrich our dog’s diets with more veggies.
Vegetables provide vitamins and minerals
Vegetables provide your dog with vitamins and minerals. They also provide phytonutrients. Chemicals found in plants. And antioxidants. It’s these than can help protect your dog and mine against cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases.
And they can help better manage the aging process. Keeping your dog fitter, healthier and part of your life for longer. Antioxidants are not found in meat, only in plant material!
Rich in fibre, vegetables are naturally good for your dog’s digestive system as well. Some 90% of your dog’s immune system is in its gut. So it stands to reason that the healthier your dog’s gut, the better your dog’s overall health.
Best way to get vegetables into your dog’s diet
But how do you get vegetables into your dog’s diet? And how do you know which vegetables are safe for your dog to eat and which vegetables might be toxic?
Then again, not everyone has time to prepare vegetables for their dog after a busy day at work or looking after the children.
It’s for all these reasons that I’ve introduced my new Daily Herb & Veg mix. A simple and affordable way to add vegetables to your dog’s diet with a minimum of effort.
Using dehydrated vegetables that rehydrate within a matter of minutes when hot water is added, you can add nutritious veggies to your pal’s diet in a matter of minutes. No mess, no fuss, no worries.
Now that we know that vegetables are good for dogs, shouldn’t we all be making more of veggies?