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  • Feeding veggies to dogs...

    I've started adding green beans and carrots along with the dry kibble my 2yo lab gets. I had to cut his kibble back to 2-1/2 cups per day because he was starting to get a little chunky. I always fed green beans to our old lab, so I figured I might as well start adding veggies into the youngsters diet (he loves fruits & veggies). I've been buying him frozen green beans, carrots, and now peas. Do I need to cook them, or can I just thaw them and keep in the fridge? He's getting about 2 cups of veggies per day.

    I also have some frozen blueberries from our garden, and am thinking of throwing them in every now and then as well.

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    I've always used frozen green beans (thawed) and raw carrots. Sometimes on hot days, still slightly frozen is ok too. Be careful of feeding too many veggies; they can cause some serious gas!


    • #3
      I used fresh green beans (they're plentiful and cheap in summer here) and just steamed them quickly in the microwave. With carrots, one dog (the Corgi, or canine vacuum cleaner) will eat them raw, but Puff, who has old teeth, will only eat them cooked. I also buy canned foods with vegetables (ie easily identified visually) and they will eat them in those, too.
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      • #4
        I have fed both, raw and cooked. I prefer to feed them raw, less work involved.

        ETA this website is always good to use in case you have a question about what to give and what not to give your dog.

        Last edited by MunchingonHay; Dec. 10, 2011, 06:59 PM. Reason: added web site


        • #5
          My dog won't eat veggies unless they're cooked, with a bit of butter on them.

          Fortunately, he needs the calories from the butter, he's a Border Collie/Kelpie and no amount of kibble will keep the weight on him in the summertime- I supplement the kibble with straight butter then!


          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by HenryisBlaisin' View Post
            I've always used frozen green beans (thawed) and raw carrots. Sometimes on hot days, still slightly frozen is ok too. Be careful of feeding too many veggies; they can cause some serious gas!
            After 13 blessed years with a very gassy lab (he passed away last winter), I am very pleased to say that my current lab never has gas! It must be some sort of karma! I betcha that in his 2 years, he's tooted only once or twice. That is pretty amazing for a lab! He's been getting veggies for the past week - no gas yet. I'll keep my fingers crossed.


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              Isn't canned pumpkin supposed to be good for tummies - I'm sure some authority will chime in here.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
                Isn't canned pumpkin supposed to be good for tummies - I'm sure some authority will chime in here.
                Canned pumpkin is AWESOME!

                It tightens up the squids and looses up if its too tight.

                If my pup decided to stop eating because he has better things to do, like play with the cat, I plop some canned pumpkin in and he chows down!

                you only need about a tablespoon or so.


                • #9
                  Dont feed peas. It can cause serious explosiveness from some dogs. Like from wall to wall. :S

                  Raw carrots are a favourite for our dogs...if the horse eats it,the dogs must get it too!


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                    Re: Canned Pumpkin

                    I have a heck of a time finding it "off-season" -- so I've been ordering it from amazon when I need it in January - September. Recently noticed a new product -- Nummy Tum Tum -- pumpkin for dogs. Much cheaper than the organic human-grade pumpkin that I was having to order.

                    Of course, Libby's is still the cheapest!


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ben and Me View Post
                      Re: Canned Pumpkin

                      I have a heck of a time finding it "off-season" -- so I've been ordering it from amazon when I need it in January - September. Recently noticed a new product -- Nummy Tum Tum -- pumpkin for dogs. Much cheaper than the organic human-grade pumpkin that I was having to order.

                      Of course, Libby's is still the cheapest!
                      My local feed store has canned pumpkin on the shelf with the canned dog foods--a couple different brands. I've not paid a whole lot of attention to it, since I've never needed it, but check the shelves where ever you buy your dog food! It might be right there on the shelf for you, too


                      • Original Poster

                        It's much easier to put up my own pumpkin! I just cut them into large chunks (very very large chunks) and roast them skin side down on a large pan in the oven for about an hour. Then I scoop out the pumpkin and freeze into ice cube trays. Then I transfer the cubes into big ziplock bags. This is Oliver's favorite way to eat pumpkin!

                        Anyway - Oliver doesn't have tummy or stool issues, so I don't give it to him ALL the time, and the only reason I'm feeding added veggies to his kibble is to just give him a little added nutrition. He already gets high quality kibble from Smartpak and instead of buying their veggie packets, I figured I might as well make my own. The grocery store had frozen veggies on sale last week for $1/big bag, so I stocked up. I'm happy to hear that I don't have to cook them, although it's no big deal to throw them in the crockpot for an hour or so once a week.


                        • #13
                          My dogs love veggies. Esp if its stolen from the bunny cage. Then it's extra yummy ! Seriously, they eat lettuce and everything if it's from the bunny.

                          But I feed my chubby dog some frozen green beans in his food to fill him up a bit more. He eats them frozen.


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                            Yeah - Squishy - like I noted in another food thread - Costco food has peas as the third ingredient. ... well, any legume.
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