Are cucumbers safe for dogs

Are cucumbers safe for dogs?

Can I give my dog cucumbers? What is the best food for dogs that eat fruits and vegetables? How many fruits and vegetables should a dog eat?

By Michelle GableAug. 13, 2016

Q: I was reading your article about fruits and vegetables for dogs and I was wondering, do cucumbers, apples, apricots, peaches and bananas make good treats? I have to feed my dog a limited diet and I was just looking for the best treats. If the treats should be fruits and vegetables, how many should my dog eat? I don't want to waste any and I'm sure my dog won't starve to death.

A: What makes a great treat for a dog is largely dependent on the type of dog and how old it is. For an active youngster, like an active puppy, the best treats would likely be something with a high calorie count. This would be something like whole, raw chicken (be sure to cook it until no longer pink) or other protein source. For a calm, sedentary puppy that has the energy to explore its surroundings, it might be a rawhide treat, or a cookie that is rich in calories and nutritious. The most important thing to remember is that with a rawhide, a rawhide without preservatives, or anything that doesn't sit well in the stomach, is best suited for an energetic youngster. It also needs to be kept in the refrigerator so that it can continue to "cook." If you have an older, mellow dog, like an older dog that has a tendency to get into trouble, then you could make a treat out of cooked chicken, cooked rice, canned dog food or canned dog food supplemented with meat byproducts.

If you were to feed your dog something like an apple or a cucumber, it would need to be cooked first, so the same rules apply as for anything else. Cooked rice and brown rice are the most commonly used sources for dog food, but not all dogs enjoy rice. In fact, only a small percentage of dogs like rice at all. So, when making your dog's treat, you want to keep that in mind. Remember, a treat is meant to be something special, not something ordinary.



As long as you have the body of an animal, you need the food to sustain it, and the only one which can feed it is nature. The most important fact about food, and of all the problems confronting man, is that as it digests it becomes nutriment.

-MARCUS AURELIUS, _Meditations_

I don't know about you, but one of the first things I notice about my dog after he goes to the back yard is how much of a difference just one day of exercise makes for him. His body looks a little bigger, his skin looks a little healthier, and he seems to be happy and content, not to mention hungry.

In this chapter, I'll be discussing the benefits of getting your dog off of processed food and supplementing the dog's diet with things that will strengthen him physically, mentally, and emotionally. I'll be focusing on the types of raw meat and bones that would be most beneficial, as well as other supplements and food that I think would be beneficial to your dog.

So, let's start talking about the basics, by learning what is actually in that food your dog eats. I've used the term "processed food" to describe anything with little or no nutrition. Although there are a few "natural" dog foods, most of them are formulated with little nutritional value and filled with unnatural preservatives, fats, and chemicals, while the actual meat and protein sources are of unknown origin and the bones of unknown origin as well.

Let's take a look at the first chapter of the Bible, Chapter 1, Verse 29, _The Bible_ , as an example of what I mean:

_God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them_.

You'll notice that the only food listed in that Bible verse that is actually raw is the flesh of a sheep or goat. (I guess he doesn't eat beef because the Bible verse is talking about a male and female, and I doubt that he'd allow a female dog to eat the meat of a male.) When I look at most "natural" foods for dogs, however, the only raw meat or bone that I find in it is the occasional tidbit of lamb or chicken.

So, with all of the processed dog foods I've tried, there was always one thing that was the same — there was no raw meat or bone. And guess what? Dogs that eat processed food usually have more problems than dogs that eat raw foods. And when I say _problems_ , I mean that the owners who purchase processed dog foods don't usually call me to complain about having a dog with diarrhea or being too skinny or losing their "energy" with the help of their food — the "problems" are much more severe than that.

We now know that dogs are omnivorous and that they are not like a human who eats primarily meat. They are true carnivores. They need animal protein, and because of this their bodies are very capable of processing and digesting raw meat and bones. A typical dog is usually considered a medium-sized carnivore. A medium-sized carnivore requires approximately thirty percent of its body weight in protein a day. That's almost six pounds of raw meat and bones. If you were to feed your dog that many pounds of raw meat and bone every day, it would be about sixty-three pounds a week!

We can get the same amount of protein by feeding a dog fifteen to twenty pounds of dry dog food, which is about two or three pounds of meat and bone a week. The difference between raw and dry dog food is much more significant than it is between raw and cooked.

Because raw foods are so much healthier and do such a good job at feeding a dog, you'll be amazed at what happens when you switch a dog's diet to raw. When I talk about raw foods, I don't mean that you can feed your dog a hamburger a day, though that's always fun to do! The truth is that some people who have bought raw dog food over the years have had a dog that was actually healthier and happier when they were using the raw dog food than when they were feeding dry dog food.

And that's the big difference between dry and raw dog food. For most dogs, dry dog food is like medicine, it puts a bandage on the surface but rarely addresses the underlying problem. And although it's comforting to know that the food is doing its job and not giving your dog a chance to overindulge, what good does that do for your dog's gut when it's also filling it with carbohydrates that your dog doesn't need? Raw dog food takes the cake for being effective, because it truly is the raw version of what Mother Nature intended for your dog.



**M** y grandmother, Mary, used to say that one should let the food "march to the stomach." It's a saying she learned from her grandmother, and they both used the expression when they fed us all the time. We would eat the food that had been in the refrigerator or the pantry and it would arrive in the stomach, undigested and ready to be emptied. We weren't meant to eat a lot of food, just the few things we needed to be well-

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