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Fall Fruits and Veggies that are Safe for Pets

puppy pumpkin blogFrom pumpkin patch visits to apple picking, so many autumn activities involve the season’s produce. As we savor the tastes of fall, don’t hesitate to share the experience with your pets! Below are a few fall fruits and veggies that are safe for your four-legged companion:

1.) Apples: As long as you remove the core and the seeds, a few slices of apple makes a crunchy, appetizing snack for dogs. This is a great low-calorie treat replacement if you’re watching your dog’s weight.

2.) Acorn Squash: Both dogs and cats can enjoy a small serving of cooked acorn squash. It’s packed with fiber and beta-carotene.

3.) Pumpkin: Fresh, cooked pumpkin or canned natural pumpkin (not pie filling!) can have many benefits for both dogs and cats. Since pumpkin is so high in fiber, a tablespoon or two can help with constipation and other minor digestive health issues. Pumpkin is also a great source of vitamin A, iron, and potassium.

Remember, the pure form of these foods may be safe for pets, but keep the sweet treats (apple pies, pumpkin bread, etc.) safely out of reach from dogs and cats.

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  • Yvette October 7, 2014, 8:41 am

    My dogs just love apples. When I am fixing applies for canning my older German Shepherd lays in the kitchen hoping I’ll drop a slice or two.

  • heather October 7, 2014, 11:55 am

    My dogs get a little canned pumpkin when they have stomach problems, always seems to work! Just make sure it has no added sugar.

  • Jordan Walker October 7, 2014, 5:15 pm

    My dog loves an apple. When I buy in the market, I always make sure that my dog Max has a share. I also use pumpkin if he has a problem with constipation. It really works all the time.

  • don hughes October 8, 2014, 10:58 am

    Pumkin and sweet potatoe are very effective ways to remedy upset stomachs and diarrehia in dogs.

  • Maria October 8, 2014, 2:00 pm

    Good information to know. Besides carrottes I will now share apples and pumpin with my dog.
    Thanks for this information.

  • marilyn giroux October 8, 2014, 2:48 pm

    I have a diabetic dog and it’s hard to find a fruit or vegetable that doesn’t raise his blood sugar , any suggestions?

    • Joy Jewett November 4, 2015, 7:12 am

      How about green beans? My dogs love them – frozen! They’re both a tad portly, so I give them the minimum amount of dry food recommended and then add in frozen green beans to help fill them up. If the coldness makes them cough – it does my little dog – just microwave them for about 25 seconds.

      • VetDepot November 9, 2015, 8:29 am

        Hi Joy! Green beans are a safe choice. They’re full of fiber and low in calories. Just be sure there’s no added salt and they’re cooled down enough not to burn your dogs’ tongues. Happy snacking!

  • Renie Juliano November 4, 2015, 8:16 am

    Awesome. I always share apples with my dog- Will share some pumpkin- Great.

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