An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But what about the vet? 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 [source: Brown].
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 [source: Donomor]. 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 [source: Donomor].
Read on to learn more about fruits and vegetables that aids in dogs' nutrition starting with one that Bugs Bunny would love.