We were all told as children to eat our vegetables; that they would make us healthy.
You might have vivid memories, as I do, of sitting at the table staring at a plate full of broccoli while your brothers and sisters were allowed to watch TV because they ate theirs.
There was a good reason your parents forced you to eat veggies:
They are nutritious!
As for dogs, we’ve been over the fact that animal-based protein is the most important thing they need. Vegetables aren’t as high on the list of essential foods for dogs as they are for humans.
In fact, some recommend that veggies should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s diet, so don’t get too crazy with it.
However, they do contain lots of vitamins and minerals that have been shown to greatly benefit dogs.
Vegetables are low calorie snacks that are good sources of fiber. Just like in humans, fiber helps the digestive process in dogs. And also just like us, too much of a certain vegetable may cause bloating and gas.
Your dog might emit some seemingly toxic fumes after eating certain vegetables.
While it might be handy to have another living thing you can plausibly blame your own foul farts on, bad gas in dogs is not to be taken too lightly. If this happens after giving him vegetables, you either gave him too much or perhaps he has some trouble digesting that particular vegetable.
Keep a close eye on his poo as well. If he has diarrhea after given only a small amount of a certain vegetable, my advice would be to nix that veggie altogether.
Some popular veggies with dogs are carrots, broccoli, and pumpkin.
Some unsafe vegetables are onions and raw potatoes.
Here is a list of safe versus harmful vegetables for dogs.