The quick answer? YES! After evolving alongside humans for thousands of years, dogs are omnivorous, which means they can digest and make excellent use of starchy, plant-based foods.
→ Veggies, when lightly steamed and cooled, are a great treat or part of a home cooked meal for dogs.
→ Vegetables contain highly-absorbable phytonutrients and antioxidants
→ Broccoli contains more vitamin C than oranges! Broccoli contains 89 milligrams of vitamin C, oranges only contain 53 milligrams per 100 grams.
→ Adding fresh foods, like veggies, to your dog’s diet whether as treats or part of a home-cooked diet have shown to increase longevity. One study of 522 dogs showed that the dogs fed a home-cooked diet lived on average of 13.1 years, while the dogs fed a commercial diet lived an average of 10.4 years.
Ok, ready to add some delicious veggies to your pup’s diet or treat regimen? Grab a copy of our Guide to Cooking for Dogs to get tips on the best type of veggie snacks for your pup!