Clever marketing can make it hard to decipher the truth behind labels and sadly,  much of what we are led to believe is “healthy” could not be further from the truth. It’s clear that our bodies are not designed to thrive off of man-made foods by the amount of diet related diseases we see today.

The good news is that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle. It’s really quite simple, eat more real food. From a nutrition standpoint, nothing beats what fresh fruits and vegetables bring to the table. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins, and phytochemicals, all of which help fight disease.

It’s easy to believe that eating more fruits and vegetables is a great way to improve your overall health, but did you know that it could benefit your dog just as much? Today we see more dogs diagnosed with cancer, diabetes and heart disease than ever before and it’s evident that nutrition plays a big part. Giving your dog some fresh variety in their diet will not only make them a happy camper, it will also reap the same benefits you would, such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Reduced risk of Cancer
  • Reduced risk of Diabetes
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced risk of heart attack
  • Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s
  • Improves digestion
  • Improves eyesight
  • Reduces bone loss
  • Improves memory
  • Improves skin and hair
  • Allergy relief
  • Balanced body alkalinity

Whether you’re looking to make a complete diet change or just make a few adjustments, here are a few foods you don’t want to miss — and your pets shouldn’t either.

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, which helps promote healthy muscle growth and vision. They are also a great source of potassium, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin b6 and fiber. They can aid in weight loss, lower blood pressure and improve skin and hair! What’s not to love about these magical tubers?

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Carrots, like sweet potatoes, are also rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, which helps your skin, muscles and immune system. Because they’re low in fat and high in fiber they are also great for weight loss. Bonus: They naturally clean your dog’s teeth!





Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family which includes cauliflower, kale, cabbage, collard greens, brussel sprouts and a few others. Broccoli is considered a superfood because it is full of vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin K, vitamin C, Calcium and even protein! Eating higher amounts of cruciferous vegetables has also been known to reduce the risk of cancer.



Apples are loaded with antioxidants, flavonoids, fiber and vitamins. They help with digestion and are great for weight loss as they are not too high in calories. They can help protect against asthma, cancer, diabetes, bone loss and more. Have you tried it with peanut butter lately? Your dog will love it, too!(Avoid feeding your dog the core and seeds.)





Did you know that per calorie, kale has more iron than beef does? This is one of the many reasons kale is at the top of many superfood lists. It’s also packed with antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium. Because it’s filled with fiber and sulphur it’s also great for detoxifying!






Cauliflower has been known to kill cancer cells, promote heart health and act as an anti-inflammatory. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals essential to a healthy diet such as vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and more. On top of all that, one medium head of cauliflower will yield about 11g of protein!


Pumpkins are usually only thought about in the fall, but did you know that pumpkins are loaded with goodness for you and your dog? Pumpkins are packed with alpha and beta carotenoids which improves vision and can reverse skin damage. It’s also a great source of vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, Fiber and Potassium. Don’t forget the seeds! They are a great source of protein, high in omega 3, and magnesium!




Blueberries are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. They promote heart health, lower cholesterol and they also kill cancer cells. Not to mention, they’re delicious!





Bananas can be used to combat depression because they contain both tryptophan and vitamin B6 which work together to produce serotonin – the brain neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy. 🙂 Eating bananas can also help with muscle cramps, blood stabilization, and white blood cell production.





Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, making them an excellent immune system booster. Vitamin C has also been known to help prevent cancer. As an added bonus, Strawberries can even fight inflammation and improve digestion!





Not all foods are created equal, here’s a few your dog should NOT consume:

  • Alcohol
  • Dairy
  • Candy
  • Xylitol (sweetener) or Sugar
  • Fatty foods
  • Chocolate
  • Yeast
  • Raisins/Grapes
  • Corn on the cob
  • Avocados
  • Onions
  • Walnuts and Macadamias
  • Sage
  • Nutmeg
  • Eggplant
  • Grains (unless sprouted)

    Adding fruits and vegetables to your diets should be easy. You can feed them to your dog as a treat or you can incorporate it into your current feeding routine. Whether you feed them raw or cooked is a personal preference, but the less altered from it’s original state to more nutritional benefits you’ll receive from it. If it’s for your pets, do not use oils or seasonings and always make sure to feed in bite size portions to avoid choking. As with all diet changes, start out slow to figure out what works best for you or your pets. Be patient and have fun with it. You and your dog both will see the benefits if you provide the consistency.

Cedarcide Rescue dogs, John, Gauge and Remi love their fruits and veggies!



  1. Demetria on October 25, 2016 at 6:37 AM

    Thank you for posting this! I often make a stew of these vegetables to give to my dogs. Sometimes I add quinoa and other grains and make it their meal. I try to keep it all organic and non-GMO. Lots of cancer-fighting properties in these foods. Great advice!

    • Whitney at CedarCide on October 25, 2016 at 10:50 AM

      Awesome! If you like this kind of reading material you might like http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com which has a great blog with information like this!

  2. Erica on October 22, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Raw, meaty bones should be apart of every dog’s diet; cooked bones harden and can splinter. Raw turkey necks are a great treat. My dogs are fed an all raw meat/veggie/fruit diet. They love cucumber, broccoli, and bannana snacks, as well as handmade unsalted peanut butter.

  3. Amber Bayer on October 20, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Why is garlic on the “Do Not Give” list? I heard a preventive for fleas is to add garlic to their food. Also Brewer’s Yeast. Are these suggestions bad?

    • Whitney at CedarCide on October 21, 2016 at 9:26 AM

      Hey Amber,

      It’s often debated whether or not it’s safe, and many people have fed it to their dogs and have had no problems. However, it is closely related to the onion, which has been known to be toxic to dogs. We advise avoiding or giving only small amounts of Garlic just to be safe!

      • Betsey Bott on October 28, 2016 at 11:37 AM

        Years ago we used to give the horses garlic… Because the oder helped keep the flyers etc. away from the barn!

  4. Jaime on October 20, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Your article has conflicting information. It states not to feed dogs vegetables in the cabbage family but in the list of what to feed dogs three cabbage family vegetables are listed: cauliflower, kale, and broccoli. Please clarify.

  5. Anna Van Damme on October 19, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Once again, the myth that garlic is bad for dogs is being put out front. Garlic, when given in reasonable amounts (it actually takes LARGE amounts given often) is actually healthy for dogs. Look it up!

    • Whitney at CedarCide on October 21, 2016 at 9:32 AM

      Correct, there are many cases where people have had no issues and actually saw benefits from using Garlic with their dogs. However, because some dogs can have adverse reactions we try to limit or not give our pets any. Thanks for reading and giving your feedback! 🙂

  6. Anne jennings on October 19, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Garlic, tomatoes, healthy grains,cooked bones from clean animals, cherries , peaches and raw milk- is perfectly fine for dogs. People need to stop passing on wrong information.

    • Betsey Bott on October 28, 2016 at 11:34 AM

      Oh my, I heard that garlic was a big no-no for dogs!!! Are you sure about that?

    • Linda Scott on October 28, 2016 at 2:04 PM

      Anne. Cooked bones are a no no. These are the bones that will splinter. I’m a vet tech of many years and have helped in many surgeries where dogs got a splinter from cooked bones. The safest ones are large, raw, beef leg bones.

  7. Lorraine Blackwood on October 19, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    I have loved your products for years. Now knowing your true love of pets, especially dogs I love you guys even more. Keep up the great work 🐾🐾🐾🐾

    • Whitney at CedarCide on October 20, 2016 at 11:35 AM

      Thank you so much, Lorraine! We are excited to be able to share our love of all animals with the world. Thank you for being a wonderful customer, we couldn’t do this without you!

  8. Doug on October 19, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Thank you for the helpful tips on dietary foods for my dog. I’m guilty by reason of ignorance in feeding some of the ‘NO’ foods to my “Best Friend”. I will correct that mistake immediately. I printed your list and will keep it next to his kibble. Much obliged!

    • Whitney at CedarCide on October 20, 2016 at 11:37 AM

      Sometimes we do things with the best of intentions. At least now you know! Thanks for your support and for reading our post! Let us know if there are any other topics you want us to cover! 🙂

  9. Tony Baptiste on October 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    We already give our dog Ari, pumpkin, lettuce, cucumbers , and carrots. This was a great post for some people that may not be aware of that stuff..
    thanks Tony B.

    • Whitney at CedarCide on October 20, 2016 at 11:37 AM

      I bet your dog loves all of that! How great! Thanks for reading our article and giving us feedback! Let us know what else you might want to read about! 🙂

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