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Dogs primarily need a carnivorous diet but did you know that vegetables are full of valuable nutrients and minerals which will keep your dog fighting fit? They are packed full of fibre and carbohydrates to give your dog plenty of energy.

If you are feeding your dog with Australian Standard approved dog food, you don’t need to supplement their diet with extra veggies, as they are getting all the nutrients and minerals they need from their food. But more and more people are opting to feed their dog a raw meat based diet, in which case you should really supplement vegetables for around 10% of their diet.

Vegetables are also a good way to help dogs lose weight. They are low in fat and can make an excellent substitution for dog food when you are trying to cut down on your dog’s portion sizes. By substituting the meat for some veggies your dog will still feel full but have consumed far less fat and calories.

It can be a little tricky finding vegetables that are compatible with your dog’s palate. My Labrador would turn his nose up at most varieties of vegetables, but I have come up with some sneaky ways to get them into his diet.


I blended a couple of packets of frozen broccoli and spinach and added the puree to 2 cups of chicken broth. My dog was so focused on the delicious chicken flavour, she totally ignored the fact that there were pureed veggies in it. This should get him acclimated to the taste of vegetables and will warm to them over time.


This is a good one to help your dog lose weight. I stirred in a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin puree into his bowl and reduced his portion size accordingly. The pumpkin puree is packed with zinc and vitamin A, but it is also low in fat and full of fibre, so your canine will feel full and not notice the smaller meat portion.


Breaking the veggies up into small pieces and putting them in the bowl with your dog food will mean he can’t rummage around to separate the meat from the vegetables. Before, I was putting whole carrots in and she just separated the carrots from the rest of the meat and scoffed the tasty stuff down, just like a child who doesn’t want to eat her veggies.


While my dog often turns her nose up at actual carrots, she can’t get enough of these tasty snacks. So much so, that I can even use carrot crisps as a treat for her when we are training and ironing out any obedience problems.


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Philip Wallis

Philip grew up with a family of pet lovers. He particularly loves dogs and is sharing his experience with OnDECK by DINGA.