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In many households, dogs are looked at as a furry family member, not just a pet. We love our dogs and care for them almost like we would a child. It is important that our dogs get a good amount of exercise, be clean of ticks and fleas, and get fed a healthy and nutritious diet. Although there are dog foods out there advertising a brand as “made with healthful vegetables,” there is nothing like feeding your loyal friend a real piece of fresh vegetable.

It’s good for his teeth, coat, bones, eyesight, and overall health.

Fruits and vegetables can provide your dog with essential vitamins and minerals naturally rather than in supplement form. Vitamins such as A and E can help your dog lose weight by promoting fat burning while fighting disease. This is good news since a high number of dogs in the United States are currently overweight or obese. Vitamin C is an immune system booster while minerals like iron are needed for healthy blood and potassium supports heart health.

Whether you feed your dog fresh fruit or vegetable slices as a snack or are incorporating some into their existing commercial dog food, you can rest assured that your dog will be getting important vitamins and minerals needed to be healthy. If your dog is new to eating fruits and vegetables, sit with him and enjoy an apple or cucumber together. Don’t share taking bites back and forth — unless you really, really want to! — instead, share thin slices. Since dogs tend to eat fast and not chew their food as we do, put a slice in your mouth first and chew slowly, then calmly give your dog a slice while indicating to him verbally to eat it slowly. There’s a chance he may just do it!

Here is a list of 8 fruits and vegetables to keep your dog happy and healthy:

1. Apples are an excellent fruit choice for your dog’s health and a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber. Make sure to not give the seeds or core because they could be choking hazards. Best of all, juicy apple slices clean residue and build-up on a dog’s teeth.

2. Carrots are high in beta carotene and loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, while also high in potassium and fiber. Good for skin, eyesight, and for cleaning teeth and gums.

3. Sweet Potatoes. Heart-healthy and easy on the digestive tract, sweet potatoes contain more nutrients than white potatoes. They are great for weight management and contribute to lowering blood pressure. High in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and B-vitamins.

4. Celery is rich in many vitamins and minerals: vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C, and calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and sodium. This vegetable improves heart health and can lower blood pressure while helping to fight cancer. Bonus: celery freshens doggie breath!

5. Watermelon is made up of 92% water. Therefore, it’s excellent for hydration and skin! Watermelon is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, potassium, and magnesium.

6. Green Beans make a fantastic low-calorie and filling snack. A great source of natural plant fiber and high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.

7. Bok Choy contains calcium for healthy, strong bones and teeth, and is good for the heart while protecting against cancer. This low-calorie veggie is packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, and potassium. What is bok choy? It’s a type of Chinese cabbage with thick white or green stems filled with water and green leafy tops.

8. Pumpkin is a low-calorie food rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, zinc, calcium, and magnesium. About one cup of cooked pumpkin contains 3 grams of filling fiber.

Feed these fruits and vegetables to your dog raw, or lightly steamed is okay, as long as you do not add any seasonings or oils. Dogs don’t chew their food like we do and will likely swallow foods whole, so it is best to give them fruits and vegetables either thinly sliced, chopped well, or even pureed.

You can learn more about the good reasons to include vegetables in your dog’s diet by checking out this One Green Planet article, here!

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Change Ad Consent Do not sell my data Petition: Pass the SAFE Act to Protect Horses From Slaughter

Every year, the US sends around 100,000 horses to slaughter. While the last horse slaughterhouse in the US closed in 2007, the US continues to send horses abroad for slaughter in Canada and Mexico. Furthermore, the ban on horse slaughter in the US is temporary and thus, can easily be reversed.

Many of these horses were forced to race, work in fields, and perform other kinds of labor for human benefit. Once humans no longer want to take care of their horse(s) or can’t afford to, they can simply sell the poor animals to auction houses. Sadly, a large majority of these horses are healthy enough to be rescued and rehomed, but “kill buyers” bid higher prices than rescues or caring horse owners can afford. The journey to the slaughterhouse is long (often taking over 24 hours) and the poor horses endure so much suffering and abuse along the way. They are often even denied food, water, and room to move during the trip. Sadly, the stunning that is supposed to render horses unconscious before slaughter often doesn’t work. Thus, some of the poor animals are still alive when they are dismembered.

Fortunately, new legislation seeks to ban the cruel practice of exporting horses to be slaughtered abroad as well as in the US. Towards the end of May, the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act was reintroduced in Congress by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL). The bill has been supported by multiple animal rights organizations, including the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States.

Neda DeMayo, founder of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation, commented, “Wild horses that once roamed freely on our public lands, pets, race horses, work horses — no American horse deserves to be shipped to an inhumane death in a foreign slaughterhouse. The national effort to end this practice began in Congress 20 years ago so we call on everyone to join in ending this once and for all.”

Sign this petition to tell Congress to pass the SAFE Act without delay, and save the horses!

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To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:

  • Ban Horse Trainer Who Allegedly Drugged Racehorse
  • Ban Horse Racing in the U.S.
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