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Hi Dr. Char!

I was wondering if it would be beneficial to start cooking vegetables for my dogs. There is a lot of mixed information on the internet. Are these vegetables good?

Green beans
Cabbage
Carrots
Broccoli
Squash
Sweet Potato
Cucumber
Celery
Parsley
Kale
Spinach
Zucchini
Corn

Fruits: Apples and Bananas (any others?)

Also, should it be cooked and pureed? What about cooking in a crock pot? Is it okay to give it to them cooked in whole pieces instead of cut up?

Thanks for your help!

Deborah

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December 22, 2009 at 1:53 PM

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Dear Deborah,

If it is possible, avoid genetically modified foods. The vegetables you listed are good. The vegetable should be broken into small particles. When I have home-prepared food I made it simple by buying frozen mixed vegetables and putting it into the blender frozen so that after blending the pieces were no larger than the size of a pin head. Since a dog's intestinal tract is shorter than a human's it is helpful to have the food broken down. A few foods that contain oxalic acid such as spinach or beets should not be used in large quantities because it binds calcium, or try cooking it which helps to prevent this from happening. Sometimes lightly cooking certain vegetables (fibrous ones such as carrots) also helps to release nutrients.

Do not feed onions; it is on the toxic list.

Many dogs like fruit as a snack. One to avoid would be grapes or raisins; these are on the toxic list, too. My dog especially enjoys sliced apple. Try out other fruits that you can share with your dog.

Hope you will enjoy finding new foods, but just remember to introduce things slowly so you don't cause diarrhea.

Best wishes,
Dr. Char
www.vetionx.com

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
December 24, 2009 at 1:53 PM
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