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While my dogs don’t share my vegetarian lifestyle, there are many fruits and veggies that I feed Sanchez and Gina as treats. But, how do I get them to want their veggies and fruit as much as their dog biscuits? Here are some tricks I use for feeding them fruits and veggies that are good for them.

1. Bananas:

Mash up a banana. Fill a Kong or open sided bone with the mashed banana, add some chopped apple, and fresh blueberries. Freeze for two or more hours and your dog will have something to entertain him while you are gone, while filling his tummy with a healthy treat.

2. Carrots:

Carrots are a great source of beta-carotene for dogs. While many dogs love to just chew on carrots, it’s easier on their digestion if they eat shredded carrots instead of chunks. I have Labs and they think shredded carrots are a treat that they work for. But, if yours won’t eat it directly from your hand, you can take a handful of shredded carrots and sprinkle it on their kibble.

3. Sweet Potatoes:

Most dogs won’t eat raw sweet potatoes. But, it’s very easy to make tasty, chewy dehydrated sweet potato treats for your dog. Just slice a sweet potato into thick slices. Bake at 175 degrees (or the lowest setting on your oven) for eight hours. The yummy smell will have your dog drooling for their treat well before the full eight hours.

Please note that not all fruits and veggies are good for dogs. Please avoid grapes, raisins, garlic, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms.

Do you feed your dogs fruit and vegetables? Which ones and how do you prepare them? Thanks for sharing your suggestions in a comment below.

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  • TheEthicalMan

    How much energy does it take to bake something for 8 hours? I really don’t know, but I can’t imagine it’s worth the trouble just to make sure the pooch gets sweet potato.

  • Stephanie von Blackwood

    My dog loves raw sweet tots! He doesn’t really care for cooked ones. But it’s okay for them to eat? I know raw ones have that latex, not sure if that’s bad or not.

  • KL InIdaho

    My Lab will not eat bananas, carrots and not even pears. My Scottie will eat anything.

  • Sboomkets

    My dog loves raw broccoli, though I can’t figure out if it is good for her.

    • Asher B. Garber

      So have all my dogs. None of them seemed harmed by broccoli.