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Fall Fruits & Veggies for Fido

The season is beginning to change! And with that, brings a fall harvest of yummy fruits

and veggies. When incorporated into your pet's diet, fruits and veggies can have various

health benefits.

Apples

So long as the core and seeds are removed from apples, this tasty Fall fruit can be fantastic for Fido. Apples are an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and dietary fibre. They can also help to keep your dog’s teeth clean and breath smelling fresh.


Carrots

Carrots can be fed to your dog as a delicious treat or added to your dog’s meal. This vegetable is great because it is loaded with Vitamin A, potassium and fibre. Puppy Tip – A great way to help soothe your puppy’s sore gums is freezing carrots and giving them as a chew toy. *When feeding your puppy frozen treats, be sure to keep an eye on them to help prevent choking.


Pumpkin

This gourd is excellent for dogs and cats that are dealing with diarrhea or constipation because

of the high amounts of fibre. For dogs with constipation, the fibre helps to stimulate their digestive track and pass their stools. For cats, pumpkin can help them pass hairballs rather than coughing them up. For dogs with diarrhea, the fibre helps to absorb excess moisture to create firmer stools. Another benefit of the high amounts of fibre in pumpkin is that it helps to make your animals feel full. This is ideal if your pets are overweight. You can replace some of their kibble with pumpkin,

so they eat fewer calories but still feel full!

Keep in mind, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing!

Because these fruits and veggies are all high in fibre, you need to be careful how much of it you are feeding your pets. Too much fibre can upset their digestive system, leading to gas, bloating, cramping and diarrhea. Apples, carrots and pumpkin are also all high in Vitamin A, which is beneficial for vision health but can be toxic if more than the dietary requirement is fed to your pet.

If you have any questions about which fruits and vegetables are best for your pet, consult your veterinarian or ask for help from a Bark & Fitz pet expert.


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