I’ve touched on this before but I keep seeing many people sharing false information about dogs and their ability to digest fruits and vegetables so I thought I’d share this again.
I used to hand this out in my workshops which may be of some relevance to you and it can shed light on this topic! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V-oog5c1V-dSdVfCTwsHDyFFbl6IQF5Kfzv5Z-7PSnA/edit?usp=drivesdk
Now the above document is my personal risk factor built in on a generic basis, post consult this can and usually does change for the individual dog once I know them more!
The bottom line is, dogs can digest plant matter , some more so than others but that depends on their lineage! Are the reasons why some dogs should have their fruit and vegetable intake monitored? Absolutely , I say all do, I’d recommend 10% of the diet being made up of plant matter on a generic basis! This is purely to provide a nutritonal boost that could be lacking in the Meat, Bone and Offal.(Non-Muscle based Secreting Organs) .
Why do people have this misconception that dogs don’t need Fruits/Vegetables?
This stems from various amounts of inaccurate hearsay or misinterpreted information, canines don’t have buccal amylase in their saliva to break down plant matter , therefore it’s left down to the intestine/pancreas, as stage one of digestion isn’t available to dogs, it’s helpful if we replicate that by chopping and lightly streaming (or soak in boiling water) this equates to the vegetables/fruits being chewed and broken down by saliva. Dogs have also been documented to consume the stomach contents of prey, which also contains plant matter that’s already gone through a stage one digestion process!
Now I’d like to reiterate I have a strict guidance for fruits/vegetables I recommend generically but it doesn’t mean your dog can’t have other fruits / vegetables there are many benefiting Fruits/Vegetables that I won’t recommend until I’ve ran through a consultation, this is purely for liability purposes as I’m insured to do what I do!