Can I feed my dog vegetables?
(Q) I’d like to feed my dog cooked vegetables along with his complete dry food. Do I risk unbalancing his diet if I do this? And if it is OK which vegetables would you recommend (he seems to like everything)?
(A) Vet John Burns says: Nutrition is not an exact science although some pet food manufacturers would have you believe that any variation from the prepared food will be harmful. That is only correct if a health condition needs careful management.
The averagely healthy dog can cope with a certain amount of variation in his daily diet. You won’t upset the balance by adding cooked vegetables unless you overdo it and give him diarrhoea. I don’t usually recommend adding meat-based foods; complete foods already contain enough protein and fat.
Most vegetables are fine — avoid allium species, that’s onions, garlic, or leeks.