Tuesday, 16 October 2012

What Fruits Can I Feed My Dog?

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What Fruits Can I Feed My Dog?

When most people think of food for dogs, images of kibble and meaty canned food might be the first things that come to mind. However, fruits and vegetables that humans eat to maintain wellness also help dogs to stay healthy.


Even though some dog foods may purport to be all-natural and organic, many consist of highly processed grained-based substances and synthetic nutrients that lack the whole vitamins and minerals necessary to promote good health in a dog. In addition, the main ingredient in most dog foods is grain, a material that is sometimes not easily digested by dogs



Just as fruits and vegetables are considered healthy foods for humans, they can also help prolong a dog's life. Orange, red and yellow fruits and vegetables are best for dogs because they are often nutrient-dense.

 Many fruits and vegetables also contain antioxidants that reduce the risk of cancer. But not all fruits and vegetables are healthy for your dog. Avoid serving your dog dyed, waxed, or genetically engineered foods; just as with humans, organic foods are best.

Although many nutrients are found in the skins of fruits and vegetables, dogs don't have the enzymes to break down the cellulose walls -- the outer layers of some produce that is indigestible to canines. You have to break those walls down for them by preparing fruits and vegetables in a food processor or blender, cooking or steaming vegetables, or juicing them into a pulp

Cantaloupe


When dogs consume cantaloupe, they're taking in vitamins to promote good eyesight and eating a food with major antioxidant powers. Cantaloupes are an excellent source of vitamin A because they contain lots of beta carotene. In humans, cantaloupe consumption has been linked to a reduced rate of cataract growth. Similarly, the vitamin A content of cantaloupe helps to promote good vision in dogs.

The beta carotene found in cantaloupes also reduces the risk of cancer and prevents oxygen damage to cells. In addition, cantaloupe contains vitamins B-6 and C, as well as fiber, folate, niacin and potassium. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant that can help to prevent cancer.

Cantaloupe is a particularly good fruit to feed to dogs because it is usually not allergenic, so most dogs will be able to consume it without experiencing an allergic reaction. Harmful goitogens, naturally occurring substances that reduce thyroid function, and pesticides are usually not found in measurable amounts in cantaloupes.

Apples


Apples contain a multitude of important vitamins and nutrients. In particular, Red Delicious, Northern Spy and Ida Red apples contain powerful antioxidants. As with most vegetables, organic apples are best for dogs; they contain one-third more antioxidants than regular apples.

Apples are an excellent source of vitamin C for dogs; in fact, one apple contains about 1,500 mg of vitamin C. The skin of an apple contains high levels of vitamin A and pectin, a fiber that can improve digestion by strengthening intestinal muscles. Pectin also works to get rid of toxins in the intestinal tract and creates short-chain fatty acids that keep away dangerous bacteria.

If your dog doesn't like eating apple slices, put apples in a food processor to make applesauce that you can use as a base for dog biscuits.

Pears


 If you're looking for a fruit to strengthen your dog's the intestinal tract and heart, the pear is the perfect piece of produce for your pooch. Pears contain pectin to help strengthen intestines. They are also sources of potassium, a nutrient that aids in maintaining heart and muscle strength as well as nerve transmission and carbohydrate metabolism.

Pears can be particularly good for dogs who suffer from constipation or irregularity. The fiber found in pears promotes colon health by binding with bile salts and carrying them out of the colon. Bile salts partially consist of cholesterol, so taking in fiber through pears will not only improve colon health but also reduce cholesterol levels.

In addition to building the cardiovascular and digestive systems, pears have antioxidants benefits. They are rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that works against oxygen damage from free radical damage. In addition, vitamin C promotes immune system health because it triggers white blood cells to combat infection, kills harmful bacteria and viruses, and stimulates vitamin E if it has been deactivated by free radicals.

Oranges


When you think of oranges and health, the first thing that comes to mind is probably vitamin C; however, oranges offer many more nutrients that make them a healthy fruit for dogs. Oranges are rich sources of folate, thiamin, potassium, calcium and magnesium. They also contain flavonoids, an important component to strengthen a dog's immune system and connective tissues. Oranges also protect against cancer and can keep off viral infections.

In addition to the health benefits of vitamin C and the other nutrients found in oranges, this fruit many other health benefits. Studies conducted on humans show that consumption of oranges can help prevent cardiovascular disease, lower cholesterol levels, lower the risk of stomach cancer, promote respiratory health and prevent rheumatoid arthritis. While studies have not been conducted to find if these health benefits extend to dogs, chances are that your pooch may experience similar health benefits if he chows down on this citrus fruit.

Some dogs find citrus causes diarrhea or is hard to digest. You lessen the chance by removing the seeds and the rind before serving.

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