My dog is a meat eater so can I feed him vegetables and fruit for the enzymes and is it true that he eats grass for digestion?
DOG SAFE FRUIT & VEGGIES
Barbara J. Andrews, Journalist, AKC Master Breeder
Dog owners know that canines are carnivores but the thinking stops short of realizing that “in the wild” they would get essential vitamins and enzymes from the stomach contents of their prey.
Most apartment (especially high-rise) dogs are deprived of fresh grass. They finally developed little indoor gardens for house cats but for decades I have written about how thoughtlessly we deprive our pets of fresh raw foods, especially veggies and grass.
Get instant information about your pet's craving for live food ii Why Dogs Eat and Need Grass BUT THINK... pesticides and fertilizers when you turn them out to graze on that lovely lawn you work so hard to maintain. Your dog’s immune system, overall health and reproduction cycles will improve when given fresh, wholesome, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables.
What about grain? Did you ever see a wolf or bear grazing in a corn field? I’ve said this many times but not often enough for dog food manufacturers! The first thing dog's first cousin seeks after his long winter sleep is fruits and veggies. That's right, in spring bears go about the serious business of cleaning out their systems and replenishing nutrients, not with meat, but with vegetation! All wild ii Carnivores dig up roots, eat herbs and grasses, and relish fruit and berries. Berries in particular are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants.
Okay, now you’re thinking you will share an apple with the dog. But wait, there’s more you should know because it affects your health as well. Like lawns, many of the “healthiest” foods are contaminated with pesticides! Washing may remove some sprays but chemicals taken up through the root system permeate the entire plant!
Here’s some “food for thought.” We live in a contaminated and toxic world. "Grow your own" is best but wash all fruits and veggies in a mild solution of bleach or white vinegar and water, then rinse. If allowed to sample fruits and vegetables and different grasses in his own little garden, I guarantee your pets will thank you for providing what they instinctively crave.
The Most Sprayed, Most Toxic Vegetables and Fruits
Organically grown foods are always safest. Reject canned or dried fruit which is laden with sugar. Be aware that roadside stands may indeed be a source of locally grown produce but in fact, a lot of “veggie stand” produce comes off the same truck that delivers to your grocery store chain...
Your pet will relish are: cooked carrots, green beans, asparagus, snow peas, and broccoli.
Watch two short videos in VIDEO THEATER: Why Dogs Eat Grass one by licensed veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker and second video hosted by Hank Green who shares a look at your pup’s wild relatives.
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