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10 Fruits and Veggies that Aid in Dogs' Nutrition


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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 [source: Donamor].

Apples are an excellent source of vitamin C for dogs; in fact, one apple contains about 1,500 mg of vitamin C [source: Donamor]. 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.


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