Pets are pretty curious — especially when it comes to what they can eat. So it’s no surprise that dog owners often find their furry friends snacking on things they shouldn’t be. So the next time you’re sitting in your garden or around the kitchen table, rest assured knowing that your dog is safe around these flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
While you should never intentionally feed your pet flowers, there are a few that won’t cause them any harm if accidentally ingested. If you’re looking to start or add to your garden, consider these safe and non-toxic options:
- Easter daisy
- Gerber Daisy
Dog-Friendly Fruits and Veggies
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, not only are many of them not harmful to dogs, but they’re actually good for them. Take a break from the dry dog food and start incorporating some of these tasty treats into your dog’s diet.
- Apples: Apples are a great source of vitamins A and C. They’re also low in fat, which makes them a great snack for older dogs. Just make sure you core the apple and remove all of its seeds first.
- Bananas: The next time your dog learns a new trick, reward him with a few slices of banana. But, while bananas are high in fiber, biotin, and potassium, they’re also high in sugar, so they should only be given on special occasions.
- Blueberries: Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, which can help prevent cell damage in dogs.
- Cantaloupe: When given in moderation, cantaloupe also makes a great treat for dogs because it’s high in fiber and water. But like bananas, it’s also high in sugar.
- Celery: Does your dog have stinky breath? In addition to being a crunchy snack that dogs love, celery has also been known to promote heart health and freshen your dog’s breath.
- Watermelon: Especially as the weather is heating up, watermelon is a great way to keep your dog hydrated on long walks. Just make sure that you remove the rind and seeds first!
- Cucumbers: Cucumbers have few carbs, fats, and oils, and can even boost energy levels — making them a natural energy supplement for older dogs.
When in doubt, it’s always better to air on the side of caution when it comes to what dogs can and can’t eat. If you’re worried that little Spot ingested something he shouldn’t have, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number at (888) 426-4435.