If you are feeding your Yorkie on a diet of raw meats, you may want to spruce your meals up a bit with some fruits and vegetables. If you are not feeding raw, you can still reward your dog with an occasional fruit or vegetable treat. Finding the right fruits and vegetables for your dog is tricky, as some are dangerous, and your dog may not really like the taste of others.
Your Yorkie needs several vitamins and nutrients to live a healthy life, and certain green vegetables are loaded with the required materials. Broccoli is high in Vitamin C, fiber, and calcium, while spinach contains more iron than nearly every other green vegetable. You can also give your Yorkie sticks of celery for a boost in potassium. Large veggies should be scaled down for your Yorkie to prevent a choking hazard.
Dogs do not necessarily need to eat fruit as they get all of their required nutrients from other sources. However, a tasty fruit treat is likely more healthy than store-bought treats and can be convenient if you just so happen to be making yourself a snack. Yorkies can eat apples, pears, grapefruits and oranges. Make sure to buy organic fresh fruit to minimize the presence of preservatives and pesticides.
If you feed your dog a high-quality dry food, you probably do not need to supplement its diet with fruits and vegetables. If you go with a raw diet, it may be good to mix in some veggies to make up for the vitamins you may not find in raw meat patties. As with any food, you should carefully monitor your dog's reaction for potential health problems or allergies. Veggie supplements can make your dog healthier, improve its vitamin levels, and give it more energy to play or train.
Many people are familiar with the idea that chocolate is toxic to dogs. While this is true, chocolate is not the only dangerous food for your canine friend. Sugar-free gum contains a chemical more potent than chocolate, so it should be avoided. Additionally, several human foods should not be feed to your Yorkie. Dogs should never be fed onions, grapes, raisins or fruits that contain large seeds or pits. If you are unsure about a specific fruit or vegetable, make sure to speak with your vet.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.