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Default Fruits and Veggies for Your Pup, Cats and Yes! Even Horses - Blog Post

With pet food recalls and the dangers of ingredients sourced from other countries like China, more and more people are becoming aware of the possible health risks of commercially processed foods and treats. Pet guardians are not only reading labels and paying attention to their own foods, but they are now doing the same for their pets.


The higher quality pet foods have been incorporating fruits and vegetables into their foods for some time now. It's not unusual to see food items you wouldn't think a dog or cat would eat listed on the label. While cats are listed by scientists as obligate carnivores (an animal that must feed on flesh), dogs are listed as omnivores (animal that eats foods of both plant and animal origin). But that doesn't mean cats don't like some fruits and vegetables, even grasses. Cats are notorious for being picky, while most dog guardians say their dog will eat anything! This post will cover some of the fruits and vegetables that are safe for horses, dogs, and cats. Remember, all these fruits and vegetables are considered “safe”. Always remember when trying a new food item to start with small amounts. Although each fruit or vegetable has its benefits, anything in excess is not advised and could potentially cause stomach upset.


Horses
Horses are herbivores (animal that feeds on plants) and come into contact with various plants in the wild. Their diet mainly consists of grasses and plants. However, that doesn't mean they don't have a taste for some fruits and vegetables. Some things to remember when offering fruits/vegetables to your horse:
  • Cut pieces into strips rather than chunks to avoid choking
  • Avoid all seeds and pits just to be safe
  • Don't assume because the fruit/vegetable is safe to eat the rest of the plant is also because that's not always the case


Here is a list of common fruits and veggies you can give your horse
  • Apples
  • Apricots (remove pit)
  • Bananas
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupes
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cherries (remove pit)
  • Cranberries
  • Dates (pitted)
  • Grapes
  • Green Beans
  • Guava
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Oranges and orange and lemon rinds
  • Parsnips
  • Peaches (remove pit)
  • Pears
  • Plums and Prunes (remove pit)
  • Raisins
  • Split peas
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potatoes


Dogs


To be safe always remember to remove any seeds or pits.


Fruits:


  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupes
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Coconut (fresh or non sweetened, shredded)
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon


Vegetables:
  • Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Leafy Greens – beet greens, red or green leaf lettuce, kale, romaine, spinach, cilantro, dandelion, parsley
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash
  • Sugar Snap Peas – in the pod or out
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Yams
  • Zucchini


Cats:
  • Bananas
  • Beets
  • Cucumber
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Squash – Acorn, Banana, Buttercup, Butterfly, Hubbard, Turban, Zucchini
  • Strawberries




Animals have different likes and dislikes just like humans. Some will eat or at least try most of the foods on this list, while some will only like or maybe just try one or two. I've seen some dogs that will drool for a carrot while others looked like they were saying “Seriously where's the real food!”.


Look for our next blog post on safe fruits and veggies for Rabbits and Guinea Pigs!


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