Today’s post is mostly a fun post, but I’ve also included some things to know about fruits, vegetables, and your canine.
Bunker is our loveable doberman, our sweet little “boy.”
I recently taught him a cute trick where he’ll hold a dog biscuit or large chunk of a carrot on his nose, for what seems to be FOREVER. He’s so pliable and eager to please, he learned the trick instantly. In one of the photos, you can see him drooling while he stares at the carrot on his nose, waiting for me to give him permission to drop the carrot and eat it. Lilly, our shepherd mix, refuses to cooperate in such a silly trick. She’s a very practical kind of dog, a no-nonsense dog, and a carrot sitting on a dog’s nose is nonsense.
Like any dog, he enjoys human food (given in moderation, and only as treats), but, in my mind, lettuce is his favorite. Just like some cats associate the sound of an electric can opener with chow time, Bunker knows the sound of a lettuce bag. He can be laying peacefully in the living room, until he hears the sound of a lettuce Zip-lock bag opening. Before I know it, he’s at my side and at-the-ready!
It may sound similar to him of a bag of cheese opening, but, trust me, HE LOVES THAT LETTUCE!
Below are some fruits and vegetables that can be beneficial (or at least okay to eat in moderation), and some that can be harmful – or even fatal – to your dog. (This list is NOT an exhaustive or all-encompassing list. There are other fruits and vegetables that could be on this list, especially the bad list, which seems quite long.)
Beneficial or Okay Fruits and/or Vegetables for Your Canine:
- Cranberries. A few months back, I started giving Bunker a weekly dose of either diluted cranberry juice or dried cranberries as a natural means of preventive health care. It’s become a weekly Saturday treat. He has no problem drinking the juice or eating the fruit. Lilly would rather die of thirst than drink it.
- Carrots. These are also great teeth cleaning treats.
- Bananas. When I learned that bananas are safe for dogs, I found it comical. All of our dobermans have always been gassy. Our first doberman’s nickname was Gas Man. They can smell up a room faster than you can say, “Breath through your mouth!”.
I’m not sure if dogs process bananas like humans do, but I’m content to keep that a mystery.
Harmful Fruits and/or Vegetables for Your Canine:
- Grapes and Raisins. These fruits can cause renal failure in dogs.
- Fruit Pits and Seeds. Fruit pits and seeds can be fatal because they contain cyanide, so keep them far away from your 4-legged kiddos. Swallowing a very, very, very small amount might (but might not) be okay, but why take the chance? Chewing them makes the situation worse.
I think almost everyone knows not to give their dog chocolate. Did you also know that macadamia nuts are bad for dogs? It’s weird, but true.
(Always do your research, and ask a veterinarian about the safety of a particular food before letting your dog eat it.)
What unusual food does your dog, cat, goat, cow, chicken, pig, or [fill in the blank] love eating?