• Nicola Smith

5 Healthy Treats for you and your Toronto dog



Apples


 The old Welch saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has remained sound advice, as apples continue to be praised as a “miracle fruit”. These “nutritional powerhouses” are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene; B-complex vitamins, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), vitamin B6, and folate (B9); dietary fiber and protein; pantothenic acid and vitamin K; and minerals calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese and phosphorous. Thankfully most dogs love apples, helping to keep their breath fresh and teeth cleaner. This fruit is a great treat but remember to remove the seeds, as they are poisonous.

 


Pumpkin


As dog walkers in Toronto we know that many owners want to give their dogs pumpkin only when they have an upset stomach, not realizing what an incredibly healthy vegetable it is. Most of its health benefits come from its micronutrient content, high fiber, and low carbs. It also has protein, vitamins K and C, potassium, copper, manganese and riboflavin, vitamin E, iron, folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamins B6 and thiamine as well as being high in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant good for the eyes and the heart. Besides promoting healthier skin and stronger eyesight, it boosts the immune system helping the body fight off infections, and studies have shown that it strengthens the intestinal lining aiding in digestion and maintaining healthy bowels. Adding pumpkin to your dog’s diet on a daily basis is a healthy, easy choice as it turns out that canned pumpkin is every bit as nutritious as the pumpkin flesh you cook yourself. If you choose to add pumpkin to your own diet, eat it as a vegetable or add it to smoothies rather than a dessert.



Cabbage


Cabbage is another low-calorie vegetable packed with nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins K, C and B6, as well as manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, folate and copper, choline, phosphorus, vitamin B2, magnesium, calcium, selenium, iron, pantothenic acid, protein, and niacin. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage also contain many different antioxidants that have been shown to reduce chronic inflammation. These compounds can also neutralize dangerous hormones and cancer-causing chemicals. Steam cabbage, taking care not to overcook and add to your dog’s food; just don’t give your doggie too much or the amount of gas may clear your room.



Carrots


Have you ever given your dog carrots? My dog, Lyla, absolutely loves them. Carrots are a particularly good source of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, several B vitamins, vitamin K1, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. They have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease as well as improved eye health. This nutritious vegetable provides an easy and delicious snack for you and your dog when on the go; a crunchy treat that will also help to keep your dog’s teeth clean.

 


Green Beans 


Green Beans are another perfect low calorie and delicious treat for your dog. They are high in protein, a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, dietary fiber, folate, and minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and silicon which is good for healthy skin and coats. Make sure you are feeding them slightly cooked, fresh beans, not canned beans to avoid the added sodium. 


We love to give our dogs veggies as treats when dog boarding Toronto