Updated June 3 2021 (Original April 17 2020)
Running low on dog treats? During the Covid outbreak I was limiting visits to stores, so I looked for treats that were human and dog edible. As a result I came up with a list of fruits and vegetables that can be used as dogs treats – in a pinch. Dogs do not need fruits and vegetables in their diet but using the “OK ones” as an occasional treat is fine. And, probably healthier than many of the treats on the market.
I was surprised that dogs can eat so many different fruits and vegetables! As general rule of thumb good idea to:
Remove seeds, stems, leaves or pits
Avoid canned version unless no sugar added or salt free
- Avoid fruit snacks as they are very high in sugar
Remove rinds and peels
- Wash all produce thoroughly before feeding to your dog
Fruits and vegetables have many vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber. All good things. Vets recommend going easy as too much of a good thing, can be bad.
According to some sources, asparagus and kale can be fed to dogs in small quantities. To be on the safe side, you should check with your vet. The chart below errs on the safe side.