Feeding Dogs Veggies and Fruit?

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Feeding Dogs Veggies and Fruit?

Post by Anne P. Mitchell » Tue, 25 Aug 1992 23:57:50



Tazi will eat almost anything, so far..she loves raw baby carrots,
slices of zucchini, you name it.

I was talking to a fellow dog owner yesterday, however, and she
related to me that her vet chastized her one day, upon discovering
that both she and her dog had had cantalope with breakfast.  Her vet's
philosophy is that dog food is all a dog should have, ever.

This led me to wonder about my own practices.  I never give Tazi any
'treat' unless she has already eaten her own meal..but I figured
eating pieces of fresh veggies could only be good for her, or at least
certainly not bad  [I've avoided high acid veggies, like tomatos].

Any thoughts/input on this?

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Post by Ann Lindstr » Sat, 29 Aug 1992 00:24:40


Our dobe and basset love fruit and vegies too.  Our vet said giving them
produce is fine, with a few exceptions.  He said dogs have trouble digesting
raw potatoes and onions (yes - the dobe loves both of these), but that they
can tolerate them in small amounts.  If you have a chubbo dog, vegies can
be great, lo-cal treats.
 
 
 

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Post by Stephen R L » Sat, 29 Aug 1992 01:05:38



Quote:
>Tazi will eat almost anything, so far..she loves raw baby carrots,
>slices of zucchini, you name it.

>I was talking to a fellow dog owner yesterday, however, and she
>related to me that her vet chastized her one day, upon discovering
>that both she and her dog had had cantalope with breakfast.  Her vet's
>philosophy is that dog food is all a dog should have, ever.

>This led me to wonder about my own practices.  I never give Tazi any
>'treat' unless she has already eaten her own meal..but I figured
>eating pieces of fresh veggies could only be good for her, or at least
>certainly not bad  [I've avoided high acid veggies, like tomatos].

>Any thoughts/input on this?

All of my dogs eat all sorts of vegetables and love them.  I dont't feed
them onions, of course, but patato(e)s, carrots, lettuce, zuccini, and
so on.  I see nothing wrong with them as treats, so long as they are
getting also eating a high quality, balanced, dog food.

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Post by Patricia Hallor » Sat, 29 Aug 1992 02:01:34



Quote:
>Tazi will eat almost anything, so far..she loves raw baby carrots,
>slices of zucchini, you name it.

>I was talking to a fellow dog owner yesterday, however, and she
>related to me that her vet chastized her one day, upon discovering
>that both she and her dog had had cantalope with breakfast.  Her vet's
>philosophy is that dog food is all a dog should have, ever.

>This led me to wonder about my own practices.  I never give Tazi any
>'treat' unless she has already eaten her own meal..but I figured
>eating pieces of fresh veggies could only be good for her, or at least
>certainly not bad  [I've avoided high acid veggies, like tomatos].

Ann - The best of all the many books I've read about my dog's health and
        well-being is:

     ** Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats by
                Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD & Susan Hubble Pitcairn
                Rodale Press, Pennsylvania

Cost is about $13.00 - readily available in book/pet/health shops.
This book is full of wonderful information about the physical and emotional
well-being of our pets, well documented, researched, and invitingly written
to get one involved and committed to a complete, balanced approach to pet
care.  There is a large portion devoted to nutrition, first defining the
nutritional needs of the pet (dogs/cats), breakdowns of proteins, carbos,
vitamins, minerals, trace elements, etc. - these by weight and condition of
pet (e.g., from small nursing puppy to senior citizen with particular needs).
Then they compare commercial products (read the label!) with his variety of
menus, additives of powders & oils (always charted out by weight - so easy
to follow even I could do it!); comparison is by nutritional content,
cost factors, and speed of preparation - to be honest, we all look for
convenience...

I discussed his approach with my vet (in S.F.) who thinks very highly of
Dr. Pitcairn- she approves & *encourages* my following his natural approach
i.e., preparing my dogs meals.  I am not a cook of any sort -- but the
recipes are easy, quick, as varied as you & your pet choose to have it.  My
dog *thrives* on it - she has a couple of favorite meals; I add dog powder
(consisting of bone meal, kelp powder, yeast) & oil (I use wheatgerm, cod
liver oil) along with some other liquid vitamins based on her weight (10lbs)-

She eats very enthusiastically twice a day - & here's the interesting part -
she *rarely* eats treats -- I have boxes of healthy dog cookies, I even
broil up some liver bits -- she takes them from me [to please me I think] -
then she plays with them, or buries them in her bed, soon forgetting about
them-she *doesn't eat them*.  My conclusion is this diet/menu satisfies her
so she is *not* a nibbler or table-begger...

Finally the proof for me is mostly in the "potty" - I can set my clock by her
her regularity! And her " 'bms"  set an example for the neighborhood in
in form and color!  I check periodically with the Vet lab & they agree.
My friend who shows champion Norfolk Terriers also uses this book

There are also has sections on Poisons, Disease, Being Prepared for the
Unexpected, Traveling, -- I guess you can tell I highly
recommend this Book to Dog & Cat people alike (my cat lived to be 21 yrs!)..

Cheers, Trish

 
 
 

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Post by Robbin Hu » Sat, 29 Aug 1992 01:23:03



Quote:
>Tazi will eat almost anything, so far..she loves raw baby carrots,
>slices of zucchini, you name it.

>I was talking to a fellow dog owner yesterday, however, and she
>related to me that her vet chastized her one day, upon discovering
>that both she and her dog had had cantalope with breakfast.  Her vet's
>philosophy is that dog food is all a dog should have, ever.

>This led me to wonder about my own practices.  I never give Tazi any
>'treat' unless she has already eaten her own meal..but I figured
>eating pieces of fresh veggies could only be good for her, or at least
>certainly not bad  [I've avoided high acid veggies, like tomatos].

>Any thoughts/input on this?

Kelsey loves veggies, raw and cooked, and most fruits.  I'm pretty free
with the veggies, but have to watch the fruits (after her snout got all
bumpy shortly after she had a piece of my peanut butter and raspberry
jam sandwich).  We give her raw carrots instead of bones to munch on.
One of her favorite activities in the winter is digging up carrots and
beets that I missed harvesting.  She then lays down in the snow and
chomps away...the beets make wonderful, purple designs in the white snow
:-)

As for the vet, I would imagine that he has about as much nutritional
knowlege as the average doctor...which isn't much :-(

Robbin

 
 
 

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Post by David G. Simmo » Sat, 29 Aug 1992 02:44:37


My puppy *loves* veggies of any and all description.  To him,
they are (apparently) better than regular dog treats.

For puppy owners, raw carrots make excellent teething items,
as they are crunchy, yet not too hard, and they taste sweet
(and they're full of vitamins too!).  McDuff also likes
the "interesting" way that they roll around on the floor.

Just my $0.02 worth.


 
 
 

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Post by Sandra J. Harri » Sat, 29 Aug 1992 04:25:38


I feed my dogs bits of fruits and raw veggies a lot (besides their main
dog food);  I like to think that's why they're in such good shape!  They
love carrots, beans, cucumbers, bananas, all melons, especially
watermelon, apples, peaches, grapes are a biggie......

I haven't heard of anything wrong with dogs having veggie/fruit treats....

mine would be sad without them!

Sandy

 
 
 

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Post by Schalene Dagut » Sat, 29 Aug 1992 06:10:25



Quote:
>Tazi will eat almost anything, so far..she loves raw baby carrots,
>slices of zucchini, you name it.

>I was talking to a fellow dog owner yesterday, however, and she
>related to me that her vet chastized her one day, upon discovering
>that both she and her dog had had cantalope with breakfast.  Her vet's
>philosophy is that dog food is all a dog should have, ever.

>This led me to wonder about my own practices.  I never give Tazi any
>'treat' unless she has already eaten her own meal..but I figured
>eating pieces of fresh veggies could only be good for her, or at least
>certainly not bad  [I've avoided high acid veggies, like tomatos].

>Any thoughts/input on this?

In the classified section of the August edition of Dog Fancy, I saw an
ad where you could order a list of foods, plants, etc. that are toxic
to dogs.  It was $4.  We ordered it.  It was much more extensive than
the list we got from our vet.  When we told him that, he
wanted to see it.  He was pretty impressed and told us he was going to
make arrangements to get multiple copies and give them to all his
regular customers and those that come in with new puppies.  I hesitate
to post the list because it is copyrighted and, as a writer, I feel
strongly about this.  I will try to remember to post the ordering
information, however.

schalene

 
 
 

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Post by Saumya K. Debr » Sun, 30 Aug 1992 07:09:14



Quote:
> Her vet's philosophy is that dog food is all a dog should have, ever.

Hmmm ... wonder what dogs ate before dog food was invented!

Judging from scat, the coyotes in our neighborhood eat a lot of
***ly pear fruit when they ripen (the fruit have no spines), and
they don't seem to suffer too much for it.
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Post by Person in fl » Sat, 29 Aug 1992 23:50:57



JD) writes about feeding her dog Tazi veggies and being chastised by her vet
for doing so:

I feed my dogs all sorts of things; not candy or chocolate or
manufactured/processed human food, but definitely ***ends of lettuce (a big
favorite), carrots (another fave), cukes, rice, bread, apples, bananas, all
sorts of stuff with no ill effects.  You'll see some of the stuff later on in
their poop, but in my opinion it's harmless.  I've known several people who'd
feed their dogs dry food combined with cans of those cheap store-brand
vegetables, which is a good way to get weight off of a dog (gives them bulk for
the stomach without the calories).  I don't think Tazi will die from your
treats, especially since you are meeting her nutrition requirements with her
dogfood.

Katie

 
 
 

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Post by Bob Sma » Wed, 02 Sep 1992 11:54:58



Quote:
Mitchell JD) writes:
> Tazi will eat almost anything, so far..she loves raw baby carrots,
> slices of zucchini, you name it.

I don't think that's uncommon.  I have three***er mixes (all pound
puppies and strays, but that's what they look like) and they all go
NUUUTZ for grapes.  I have grapevines in the back yard, and you can tell
how high the dogs can reach, because that's the Line of Death below
which there are never any ripe grapes.  There are strawberries growing
under the grapevines, and it's been YEARS since I've seen a ripe
strawberry.  Thieving monsters.

On the other side of the yard is a peach tree, and I've seen one of the
dogs in particular locate peaches that have fallen and systematically
devour them, right down to the pits (ptooie).

None of these dogs seem to be interested in citrus--when oranges fall
off the tree, they leave them alone, and they never "poach" my limes.
However, I've discussed this with other people and have heard of dogs
who are just as enthusiastic about grapefruits and lemons as mine are
about grapes and peaches.

They've all been doing this for a long time, and the only apparent
effect it has on them is the occasional blue tongue (they're Concord
grapes) or, in extreme cases, blue poop.  They all get a regular diet of
vet-recommended dogfood.

I used to be able to give them icecubes to play with, and they'd bark
and play and chase and chew on them until nothing was left but little
puddles, but lately they've wised up and won't fall for it any more.
Too bad, ice cubes were LOTS cheaper than doggie-cookies and chew toys!

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Post by Speedy Cevichi,Pizza Hut,Little Tokyo,555-pizza ca » Sat, 05 Sep 1992 09:33:22



Quote:
> I feed my dogs bits of fruits and raw veggies a lot (besides their main
> dog food);  I like to think that's why they're in such good shape!  They
> love carrots, beans, cucumbers, bananas, all melons, especially
> watermelon, apples, peaches, grapes are a biggie......

> I haven't heard of anything wrong with dogs having veggie/fruit treats....

> mine would be sad without them!

Hi
I agree with you there
I fed my old dog carrots, beans and peas etc. in stews and things...so that she had the meat flavour as well
I just recently got a puppy and I want to feed her the same
However, I don't have stews very often and I was wondering how you feed your dogs veges?
Do you have any special way that you feed them those?
I wouldn't think dogs would eat them straight...
If you have any tips I'd very much apreciate em =)

Thanks

 
 
 

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Post by M.Dug » Sat, 05 Sep 1992 20:50:55



Quote:
>However, I don't have stews very often and I was wondering how you feed your dogs veges?
>Do you have any special way that you feed them those?
>I wouldn't think dogs would eat them straight...
>If you have any tips I'd very much apreciate em =)
>Thanks

I feed my YA Lab fresh fruits & veggies all the time.  We toss them
to her when we're preparing a meal in the kitchen.  It must be the
smell, because as soon as I start tearing lettuce or paring carrots,
she's right there with her whole arsenal of beggar's tricks.  She
also loves potatoes, celery, corn, beans -- you name it.  The only
thing she spits out is green pepper, which reinforces my feeling that
she's just one of the kids. :-)

We've been sharing fruit with her since she was a pup.  The smell of
a banana makes her drool; no one in the house has eaten a whole one
in 2 years.

We've never given her cooked vegtables, since that's "people" food
served at the table.  I did not want a dog who begs during meal time,
and she doesn't.

 
 
 

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Post by Angela Lakwe » Sat, 05 Sep 1992 22:02:19



Quote:

>> Her vet's philosophy is that dog food is all a dog should have, ever.

>Hmmm ... wonder what dogs ate before dog food was invented!

>Judging from scat, the coyotes in our neighborhood eat a lot of
>***ly pear fruit when they ripen (the fruit have no spines), and
>they don't seem to suffer too much for it.

My adoptee who is ca. 8 yrs. old has recently expressed a
preference for carrots over apples and absolutely craves
raisins. His kibble is a staple but fruits and veggies are low
cost, low cal treats.

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Post by Mary Shaf » Sun, 06 Sep 1992 01:25:10


The Barbarian Horde (Malcolm and Donal) _loves_ jicama and thinks that
carrots are chewtoys.

They're particularly fond of cantalope--they're my melon Collie babies.

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