Your dog shouldn’t really have a bite of your pizza—but they can probably snack on your fruit plate! Fruits, veggies, and other whole foods are powerful boosters to your dog’s diet, whether they’re supplementing kibble or as healthy snacks. You can also pick up a variety of vegetarian dog treats online or in stores—everything from peanut butter training chews to dog-friendly dried coconut.
Over centuries of domestication, dogs have adapted to eat many kinds of foods, and while there’s some controversy about whether dogs are omnivores or carnivores, they’re definitely able to eat and enjoy their veggies. And eggs. And apple slices.
Here are some easy, tasty vegetarian options for your dog!
Crunchy, delicious, and light, cucumber also promotes healthy dog skin and eyes. A few slices of cucumber can keep dogs happily hydrated on hot days, too! Your pet will benefit from the fiber in the peel, so there’s no need to remove it.
Since whole cucumbers are a choking hazard, slices are best for optimal enjoyment.
A wholesome ingredient in many delicious treats, flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and risk of disease. Add flaxseed to mashed banana, a spoonful of peanut butter, or sprinkle it over your dog’s meal for a nutritious boost.
3. Chia Seed
Chia is packed with fiber, B-vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Try these gourmet Strawberry Coconut Cream Chia Seed Dog Treats for a tasty fiber boost to your dog’s day.
If you’re cooking for your dog, you can add chia to a recipe instead of eggs. Grind chia seeds in a coffee grinder and blend 1 tablespoon of ground chia with 3 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 10 minutes and use the mixture to replace one egg in a recipe.