Fruit & Vegetables for Dogs
Unlike cats, dogs are not strict carnivores. Like you and I, your dog has the digestive tract of an omnivore, which means he or she can extract nutrients from plant matter as well as meat sources in just the same way that you and I do.
For that reason, in the wild, the canine diet would consist of fruit and vegetables as well as meat, with the fruit and veg either eaten fresh, or consumed when the dog eats the stomach contents of its herbivorous prey. Fresh fruit and vegetables provide valuable nutrients not found in meat and fish and a dog’s diet would not be complete and balanced without them. Dogs know this. Dogs have always known this!
Records show that this method of feeding domestic dogs, a method based on a dog’s natural instincts, has been practised by owners and breeders since at least the mid-1800s. There is no reason to presume that the fact that dogs need plant matter (fruit and vegetables) for vitamins was not recognised and practised by owners and breeders for many centuries before records began.
Either way, it was long, long, before Marketing Man on behalf of the large commercial dog food manufacturers decided that dogs needed nothing more than artificial ingredients made to look like meat (dog biscuit or kibble) to survive.
More and more dog parents are appreciating the benefit of adding fruit and vegetables to their dog’s food – for an abundance of extra vitamins and minerals, for fibre, for taste and texture, and because it’s the way a dog would feed itself in the wild!
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