21 Plants That Are Healthy For Dogs To Eat

A brown pup eating a slice of cucumber.

Dogs love chewing and nibbling. They are very unpredictable so you’ll never know if they suddenly decide to eat anything, and your houseplants and vegetables are no exception.

Ingesting toxic plants could give them an upset stomach and can sometimes lead to serious health issues.

Keeping an eye on them as a loving pet parent and ensuring they’re not munching an entire plant for dinner is essential.

Though many houseplants and vegetables contain lots of benefits for your dogs, it is always best to speak with your holistic veterinarian before feeding any plants to your furry pals.

 21 Plants That Are Healthy For Your Dogs To Eat

1) Carrots

A bunch of carrots in a basket.

Carrots can be an affordable and nutritious snack for your pets. This vegetable is an excellent reward for good behavior, and some vets even recommend frozen carrots for teething puppies to relieve teething discomfort.

Large carrots can make inexpensive chew toys and improve your pet’s dental health. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and fibre.

2) Peas

Two green pea pods in the table.

Dogs usually love meat, but giving your dog vegetation as an occasional snack or treat is an excellent idea for your pet’s health.

Peas are healthy and a good option if you are looking for a low-calorie diet for your fur babies. Both you and your canine pal can enjoy peas while they’re fresh and plentiful.

3) Spinach

Young spinach in the garden.

As a responsible pet parent, you may love to feed your dog healthy and nutritious dog food that contains all the nutrients he/she needs, but did you know that a small amount of spinach can provide such benefits.

Spinach contains an ample amount of vitamins A, B, C, and K along with iron, antioxidants, and beta carotene that can stimulate their digestive system.

4) Lavender

A brown dog sniffing a lavender plant in the garden.

It is safe for dogs to ingest diluted lavender, but you have to start in low doses so you can gauge their reaction.

Like for people, always dilute the oils before using them on your pet or allowing your pet to inhale them.

To achieve a calming effect of lavender for your dogs, start with a few drops added to your pet’s water or food every day. You can also brew your dog a lavender tea using fresh lavender leaves. 

Lavender can also be used to get rid of your dog’s fleas by blending some essentials. Rub it on your pal’s neck to prevent them from licking it off.

Lavender also help dogs remain calm during a storm, fireworks, and even unavoidable stress and anxiety.

5) Sage

Sage plant ready to harvest.

Sage is recognized by the ASPCA as a non-toxic herb for your dogs. However, limiting your dog’s intake to a few leaves per day is your best bet even if there’s no such record of the danger of poisoning.

This herb is excellent in settling digestive issues of your furry friends, and adding it to your dog’s food can help improve its overall health.

6) Basil

Basil in yellow basket.

George Pisegna, deputy director chief of horticulture at the Horticultural Society of New York said, “Most herbs are toxic to dogs and cats, except for basil.”

If your cat chews on basil it’s probably because they really like it. Not because it’s just something to chew on. It’s one of the few herbs that are safe for pets.”

7) Chamomile

11 chamomile flowers standing tall.

Herbs are not just for people alone. Many vets are now taking advantage of nature’s healing power to treat our dogs.

Chamomile is considered a soothing herb that has anti-inflammatory properties, and many chamomile growers use this herb to ease their dog’s eye trouble.

Dr. Judy Morgan, a holistic veterinarian, certified and accredited veterinary acupuncturist, and herbal and food therapist says, “Chamomile will take down swelling and inflammation of the skin around the eye, as well as treat infection in the eye.”

The doctor also suggests brewing a cup of tea with the chamomile tea bag and then use the tea bag on your dog. “Allow to cool, then use the tea bag as a compress on the eye. Repeat two to three times daily.”

8) Rosemary

Rosemary grown in a concrete pot.

Rosemary is a natural flea repellant aside from being a healthy snack your dogs can munch on. It contains antioxidants that prevent cancer and heart disease.

Moreover, its antimicrobial properties are excellent for your dog’s digestive issues and improve your furry baby’s mood and memory.

9) Kale

Newly harvested kale.

A dog can have cooked kale in small amounts, but giving them raw kale is not a smart idea. Overeating may possibly result in kidney stones, gastric irritation, and other possible complications.

10) Oregano

Oregano plant grown in a container pot.

Oregano is known to play up the flavour of human food. However, it also makes your furry kid’s meal a lot tastier.

This herb is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, along with omega-3, calcium, manganese, iron, and dietary fibre.

Feeding your dogs with the appropriate amount will help resolve the following issues:

  • The strong antibacterial and antifungal property of oregano will help cleanse the toxins from your dog’s body.
  • It helps reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • It helps alleviate pain and improve joint movements by treating arthritis.
  • It destroys the free radical 40x more than the value of antioxidants found in apples.

Oregano is safe for dogs if consumed moderately. Giving an appropriate amount will allow your dogs to enjoy its amazing health benefits. Adding to a meal or use as a medicinal herb can be beneficial to your fur babies.

11) Fennel

Matured fennel plant ready to harvest.

Your dog is safe when you find them eating fennel. This plant contains vitamins A, C, calcium, iron, and potassium.

Your pet dog benefits from these vitamins in their immune system, bones, visions, and much more. It also keeps bad breath away and helps resolve your fur baby’s indigestion.

12) Dandelions

Yellow dandelion flowers in a pot.

You can find dandelions in many places like your nearest meadow park. If you consider to include this plant in your dog’s diet, you have to keep in mind that walking your pet is essential.

Dandelion is rich in potassium, making it a potent diuretic keeping their kidneys and liver in the highest order.

13) Pepper Mint

Healthy peppermint leaves.

Growing peppermint at home is easy and inexpensive. This plant is very effective in treating your dog’s indigestion.

However, if your dog is experiencing severe digestive issues, it is best to consult with a vet near you. Herbs are beneficial, but they won’t substitute prescribed antidotes.

14) Milk Thistle

One purple milk thistle.

Milk thistle contains detoxifying properties, making it particularly helpful in healing your dog’s liver issues.

This herb can also treat skin problems, and its primary benefit is its calming ability for your dog’s temper.

15) Strawberries

Newly harvested red strawberries.

Strawberries and other berries are beneficial to both you and your dogs. They are full of antioxidants making them an excellent crunchy snack for your lovely pet.

Just don’t overfeed with strawberries, because excessive amounts of sugar are harmful too, even if it is natural.

16) Potatoes

Potatoes on top of potting mix.

Do not give raw potatoes to your dogs. If you consider feeding potatoes to your furry friend, make sure to bake or boil with nothing added to them.

Chips, fries, and potatoes with butter or the salted ones are not healthy for your dogs. And if your canine pal has diabetes, avoid giving them potatoes as they can cause blood sugar spikes.

Also, give potatoes to your dogs in moderation. Feeding your lovely pets with too many carbohydrates may result in obesity, leading to many other health issues too.

17) Artichokes

Two pieces of artichokes ready to harvest.

Yes, a dog can have artichokes but in moderation. This plant is low in calories, sodium, fat, and cholesterol.

Lots of dogs suffer from digestive issues and giving them artichokes is an excellent way to relieve them from irritable bowel and flatulence.

Moreover, this plant has antioxidants – a good health booster to the liver of your lovely dog.

Also, try giving raw artichoke to your dogs. It will help your furry friends get their maximum nutritional benefits.

18) Lettuce

Ready to harvest lettuce in the garden.

Yes, dogs can eat lettuce, and giving it to your four-legged babies as a treat is a smart idea.

Lettuce contains vitamins A, K, and C that are beneficial if you consider including it in your dog’s diet. It is also low in calories and a good source of fibre that will help improve your dog’s digestion.

19) Radish

Newly harvested red radishes.

Radishes are safe for your dogs if eaten in moderation and are a good source of fibre, potassium, and vitamin C.

Eating radishes can keep the muscles of your dogs healthy, aside from helping remove plaque from their teeth.

20) Bananas

Seven pieces of ripe bananas.

Dogs can eat bananas in moderation. They are a good source of potassium, manganese, vitamin B6 and many other minerals.

However, bananas have high sugar content, which is why you have to give them only as a treat, and not as a regular part of their diet.

21) Cucumber

Four slices of cucumber.

Cucumbers are safe for dogs to eat. They can be a crunchy and nutritious treat your dog will surely love. This vegetable is low in calories, sodium, and fats.

Overeating and choking are the two potential risks when feeding your dogs with cucumbers, especially if your furry pal is the smaller type.

Cutting down the cucumber into a bite-size is an excellent way to prevent your dog from choking.

Final Thoughts on Healthy Plants Your Fur Babies Can Eat

I hope you have found this list informative. It is important to realize that many vegetables that humans eat are in fact completely healthy for your dog to eat as well.

However, the most important thing to remember is to only feed your dog in moderation when it comes to vegetables and other plants they can eat. Also, consult your veterinarian whenever you have doubts about what your dog can or can’t eat and if you notice any unusual behaviour.

If you have anything to add, please leave a comment below and I will be happy to respond.

About Benita Abucejo

Hi there! My name is Benita Abucejo. What can I say? I truly love spending my days in the outdoors, specifically in the garden. Gardening has always been a strong passion of mine since I was a little girl. It has brought me so much joy and happiness that it is definitely safe to say that I will be a gardener for life. For a period of time, I was able to work with people who are into home gardening and I found it to be quite beneficial to my physical health, as well as my mental well-being. Here at Seasonal Preferences, I am going to share with you my experience and ideas so that you can fulfill yourself with the same satisfaction and happiness. Of course, if you have ideas, I would love to hear those as well! Being creative in the garden can really be quite fascinating so let's share our experiences and be the best gardeners we can be. With that being said, thank you for dropping by and please leave me a comment on one of my posts if you would like to get in touch!

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