10 Fruits and Veggies that Aid in Dogs' Nutrition



For dogs, celery is an excellent resource to improve heart health and reduce cancer rates. Celery is rich in calcium, potassium, phosphorous, sodium, iron, and vitamins A, B and C. The phytochemical 3-n-butyl phthalide, which gives celery its signature taste and smell, is a powerful tumor-fighting agent and has been found to reduce the rate of tumors in lab animals [source: BARF Diet]. 3-n-butyl phthalide has also been found to reduce lab animals' blood pressure by 12 to 14 percent [source: World's Healthiest Foods]. Celery is reputed to reduce nervousness in animals and act as an acid neutralizer.

Celery contains phthalides, a cholesterol-lowering agent, and coumarin, a cancer-preventing force. Phthalides relax muscles around arteries and cause the vessels to dilate, reducing blood pressure. They also lower stress hormones that can cause blood vessels to constrict.