Get Crafty with Courgettes
Courgettes are an increasingly popular summer squash which have their origins in North America where they’re better known as zucchinis.
I grow them every year, and every autumn find myself with a glut of them. Not that my dogs mind in the least. I just chop them up, bag them and freeze them for when I need them!
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Can I give my dog courgettes?
Can I give my dog courgettes is a question a lot of people ask themselves. Let’s face it, there’s a lot of confusing information out there over what dogs can and can’t eat. The answer in this case is of course, yes!
Because they’re low in calories and high in fibre, courgettes are useful if your dog needs to lose a few pounds. He or she will feel fuller for longer while an improved digestive system will be better able to absorb valuable nutrients. And there are plenty of nutrients in courgettes as well!
Courgettes are also versatile. If, like me, you home cook for your dog, you can dice up and freeze any surplus to your immediate needs ready to include in your dog’s meals throughout the winter.
Don’t bother to peel them. In addition to being rich in fibre, the skin possesses the highest amount of antioxidants. Simply wash your courgettes if necessary and feed to your dog as they are. Why waste that natural goodness?
You can also steam or roast a portion of courgette, mash it and give it to your dog as an occasional treat. Of course if you’re really adventurous, you can make dog friendly crisps out of them. Grab yourself a cheap food dehydrator for less than £30 online, wash and slice your courgettes with a vegetable mandolin, dehydrate them for a couple of hours and you have yourself some healthy and natural courgette crisps.
If you want to go the extra mile, buy a cheap vacuum sealer and you can bag your dog’s courgette crisps which will happily keep for up to a year!
As you may have gathered by now, the answer to the question, can I give my dog courgettes, is yes. And by all means do!
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