Summer comes with warmer weather, longer days, and a variety of fresh in-season foods. Adding fruits and vegetables to your dog’s diet is a fun and healthy way to mix up their snacks.

Make sure to slowly introduce new foods to your pet’s diet to avoid upsetting their stomach. Also, be sure to feed them fruits and vegetables in moderation. They are not a replacement for your pet’s usual diet.

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Blueberries

Blueberries

This superfood is packed with antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage which can lead to heart disease and cancer.

38 states grow blueberries commercially, so chances are you can find an orchard to pick your own! Blueberries are in season now until mid-August.

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe contains tons of Vitamins A, B-6, and C, all of which help with your four-legged friend’s eyesight.

Pineapple

Pineapple

Pineapple is filled with copper, zinc, and potassium, all of which are great for your dog or cat’s immune system.

Watermelon

Watermelon

Is there anything better than fresh watermelon in the summer? Not only is it hydrating for both you and your pup, but it contains additional nutrients like potassium which strengthens nerve functions.

Apple

Apples

An apple a day can help keep the vet away! Apple slices are not just yummy snacks for your pet, but they are high in fiber and chock-full of vitamins and minerals that are essential for maintaining bone health. Because of their high fiber content, they make great snacks for senior pets with low metabolisms.

Remember to always core and deseed your apples before feeding them to your pet.

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Green Beans

Green Beans

Green beans contain omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and iron, all of which are essential nutrients for your pet. Just make sure they snack on them raw.

Green beans are a super easy and fun crop to grow in your backyard garden. Check out this simple “How-To” guide to get started!

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts

You might not like Brussel sprouts, but your dog could! Brussel sprouts are filled with Vitamin K, folate, and fiber.

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes can occasionally be added into your pet’s food. They’re a great source of fiber and iron.

Looking for inspiration? Try our Treat Tuesday recipe from earlier this month!

Spinach

Spinach

If your pet will eat it, spinach is a powerful superfood for them, with antioxidants that help fend off inflammation and cardiovascular issues.

Sneak some leafy greens into your cat’s diet with our featured Treat Tuesday recipe from a few weeks back.

Celery

Celery

Celery is a crunchy negative calorie snack for your pet that helps them stay hydrated and has even been proven to help freshen their breath!

PetMD.” PetMD. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 June 2017.
“Fruits and Veggies for Pets.” Healthy Fruits and Veggies for Pets – Trupanion.

What fruits and vegetables are your pet’s favorite snacks?

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