Fruits: A Great Doggy Treat

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In today’s world we have many concerns about the foods we eat and what the chemicals we consume are doing to our systems. Because we love our pets as family members that concern naturally extends to them as well. Our canine companions are receiving the much needed benefits of our “awakening” to the natural foods movement.

Deciding what to feed your dog can be a daunting task; there are so many foods available today that the choices are somewhat overwhelming. There’s the typical foods found on your store shelves, the brand name foods usually pushed by the veterinarian, there are “super-premium” dog foods which have higher nutritional content, and finally there are the home-cooked diets. There’s even kosher dog food available for those who need it.

As it is with humans, canines can be allergic to certain foods. Unfortunately these allergies come mainly from their main food sources such as soy, wheat, corn, chicken, beef, and dairy products. Any time you are giving your dog a new type of food it should be done with caution and in limited quantities. This will give you the opportunity to observe the dogs’ reaction to ensure they can tolerate the food. It’s also good to be aware that some foods may cause sensitivity, but not an allergic reaction. Food sensitivities will result in diarrhea and possibly vomiting; if the animal begins to itch and scratch then you probably have an allergic reaction occurring.

Many fruits and vegetables are good for dogs as long as they can tolerate the food; cantaloupe is one food which is a wonderful sweet treat for your dog as well as being healthy. Cantaloupe is rich in potassium, folate, vitamin B-6, vitamin C, fiber and vitamin A. Spinach is a great source of iron, and apples contain antioxidants and vitamin C. If your dog is experiencing diarrhea or constipation, pumpkin can help with that as well as improving their cardiovascular health.

Sweet potatoes are so full of nutrients they are one of the “super foods”; vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B-6, iron, thiamine, potassium, folate, calcium and copper are all found in these tasty tubers. Blueberries