Gardening is a rather new adventure for our family. I grew up with my parents always successfully having a garden, but I now appreciate the hard work that goes into making one. We decided this year to have our garden in the ground versus in pots like in years past. This has been exceptionally exciting for my kids and my most eager helper, Māui.
If your dog is like mine, always in your shadows then they are likely to visit the garden with you. While there are some vegetables that can be harmful to your dog; garlic, onions and the leafy green part of the tomato plant many are nutritious and safe. Like with any fresh food, vegetables can be a safe healthy treat in moderation. Zucchini, which my dogs love diced and raw are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Carrots, strengthen the immune system as well as promoting skin, eye, and coat health. Peas, blueberries and celery promote heart health and are loaded with antioxidants. Spinach promotes bone health. Squash, green beans, and sweet potatoes offer heart and kidney health.
Always put your healthy paw first
If your pooch has packed on some unwanted pounds (no judgments here) and you find it difficult to cut their food, because let’s face it…a hungry dog is a pitiful dog, right? You can feel good about adding in some fresh veggies. Sweet potatoes in particular are filling and nutritionally dense leaving your pet satiated. Remember before making any dietary changes especially when your pet is overweight it is recommended to do so under the guidance of your veterinarian. If you would like to work with me as a certified canine nutritionist, I am happy to work with you alongside your vet just contact me.
One final note about growing your own vegetables is the fertilizer. Many times fertilizer contains organic compounds, which smell amazing to our dogs. This is especially true of organic fertilizers. Be sure to store your fertilizer in a safe place where your dogs and kids don’t have access to it. Also note that immediately after applying fertilizer your garden will be smelling extra delicious so be sure to keep your pack out of the garden until the fertilizer has been absorbed.