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Old 03-22-2010, 02:24 PM
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I want to supplement the dogs food with fresh fruit and veg... What do you give yours?
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I don't give fruit and veg, they don't need it, they're carnivores, have a look at brodysmoms thread on here about raw feeding, theres some info in there you may find interesting.
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I dont see anything wrong with the odd bit of fruit or veg as a treat.
I give mine teeny bits of cucumber, carrots and some banana on occasion, and they love it!
Right now they are getting nout apart from their food till they stop being fussy mind you, lol x
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Dogs can't break down cellulose. So if you choose to give fruits or veggies, make sure they are pulped into a slurry or they won't digest at all.

No, carnivores don't need veggies or fruits. But if they enjoy them, I see no reason why they can't have them in moderation. Brody had some peas the other day while we were eating dinner. I just smushed them between my fingers so they were mushy and he licked them off. Consider them a treat, less than 10% of their diet, and it should be fine.
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Dogs can't break down cellulose. So if you choose to give fruits or veggies, make sure they are pulped into a slurry or they won't digest at all.

No, carnivores don't need veggies or fruits. But if they enjoy them, I see no reason why they can't have them in moderation. Brody had some peas the other day while we were eating dinner. I just smushed them between my fingers so they were mushy and he licked them off. Consider them a treat, less than 10% of their diet, and it should be fine.
I never knew this. I give Lola carrot sticks every few days or so because I thought that was good for her. She loves her food a little too much so instead of too many biscuit treats I give her a bit of carrot.

Is this no good for her? Be honest I won't be offended.
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I never knew this. I give Lola carrot sticks every few days or so because I thought that was good for her. She loves her food a little too much so instead of too many biscuit treats I give her a bit of carrot.

Is this no good for her? Be honest I won't be offended.
Marie, I think it's probably fine for her. Do you see the carrots come out in her poop looking about the same as they went in? If so, they are just passing through. She's probably not absorbing many nutrients from them, but if they are just treats - I see nothing wrong with it!

If you wanted, you could boil the carrots and mush them up. Then her system would be able to digest them and absorb the vitamins. But if they are just "fillers" in place of biscuit treats, then they should be fine.
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Rico likes fruit and veg. Fingerling carrots, peas, blueberries, bananas. sweet potato (yam)...Just never ever grapes or raisins or sultanas--they are a toxin to dogs.
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Marie, I think it's probably fine for her. Do you see the carrots come out in her poop looking about the same as they went in? If so, they are just passing through. She's probably not absorbing many nutrients from them, but if they are just treats - I see nothing wrong with it!

If you wanted, you could boil the carrots and mush them up. Then her system would be able to digest them and absorb the vitamins. But if they are just "fillers" in place of biscuit treats, then they should be fine.
I don't see them in her poop. I just give them when she does something good. Sometimes I'll give a biscuit and sometimes a bit of carrot. It's just because I worry about over treating her like I did with ben and he got very fat.
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