As a beagle owner, it’s important to make sure your pup is getting all the nutrients they need in order to stay happy and healthy. And whilst most dog food brands do a good job of providing a well-rounded diet, there’s nothing better than supplementing their food with some fresh fruit or vegetable treats.
With that being said, it’s important to know which ones are safe for beagles to eat, as some can be harmful to them. Here is an A-Z list of 55 fruits and vegetables that beagles can or can’t eat, and our favorite ways to use them to keep our beagles busy and healthy!
Fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They can help to:
- Boost your beagle’s immune system
- Provide hydration
- Regulate their bowels
- Clean their teeth
- Keep their coat healthy and shiny
All beagle owners are aware that their hounds are a different breed entirely when it comes to trying out new things. Beagles are far more likely to eat food that other dogs would simply turn their noses up to – leading them to occasionally consume things that can be harmful to them.
However, this can also work in their favor, as some fruits and vegetables are packed full of goodness that can be highly beneficial to them!
Why are Fruits and Vegetables Essential Snacks for Beagles?
To put it simply…beagles are gluttonous little beggars, and are likely to gain weight quickly when given too many high-calorie doggie treats!
If you can get your beagle used to eating vegetables as snacks, they are not only getting some nutrients into their diet, but they are also less likely to become dependent or ‘hooked’ on constantly eating (or asking for) calorific treats.
The sooner you introduce your beagle to fruit and vegetables, the more success you are likely to have with them accepting it. Faced with the option of a carrot vs their normal dog treats, beagles will likely hold out for the tastier option (if that’s what they are used to).
Some of our Beagle’s favorite fruits and vegetables include apples, pears, bell peppers, carrots, and sweet potatoes. They love getting crunchy treats, so they especially enjoy fruits and vegetables that have been air-dried or dehydrated in thin slices.
Note: You just need to be aware that some fruits can be high in sugar, so should be given as an occasional treat rather than form part of your beagle’s everyday diet!
5 Tips for Preparing Fruits and Vegetables for your Beagle
Some beagles will shove greens into their mouths like there’s no tomorrow, whilst others may need a little help in exploring these ‘tasteless’ foods.
Either way, it’s worth considering the following whenever you plan on introducing new fruit and veg into your beagle’s diet:
- Wash produce thoroughly before giving it to your beagle to make sure all the pesticides and chemicals have been removed
- Remove any seeds, stones, pits, and other choking (or blockage) hazards
- Peel or chop fruits and vegetables into small pieces that are easy for your beagle to eat
- Avoid feeding your beagle too many fruit or vegetables at once, as this can cause stomach upset
- Make sure that all fruits and vegetables you give your beagle are safe for them to eat
If you’re not sure whether a particular type of fruit or vegetable is safe for your beagle, and cannot find a clear-cut answer online (from a reputable source), then consult with your veterinarian. They can help you create a well-rounded diet that is safe and nutritious for your pup.
Important Caveat with Safe-to-Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Whilst the following list contains a number of safe-to-eat fruits and vegetables for beagles, it’s important to note that this only applies to the fleshy part of the produce in question.
For example, rhubarb stalk (the edible part) is totally safe for dogs, however, the leaves and stems can be highly toxic if ingested. The same goes for tomatoes.
If you are an avid gardener and grow your own fruit and vegetables, it’s best to ensure that your beagle does not have access to roam around these plants – as you very well know, they are the most inquisitive and mischievous of all creatures!
Whilst giving your beagle fruit and veg is a great way to complement their normal diet, it’s also important to be mindful of how much you’re giving them.
Just like anything, moderation is key – if they start eating too many fruit or vegetables too soon, it is likely to cause some belly upset.
Note: This list only applies to fresh fruit and vegetables. Anything that comes in a tin or can is likely to have additional ingredients that can be harmful to your beagle, and the sugar content tends to be far higher.
55 Fruits and Vegetables Beagles Can and Can’t Eat
Whether you’re wondering about leftover food from the dinner table, or going out of your way to add fresh fruits and veg to your beagle’s diet – we’ve got you covered!
As you know, beagles will almost always try anything once, so it’s important to understand what is beneficial to them, and which ones to stay clear of entirely.
Here’s an A-Z list of all the fruits and vegetables that your beagle is likely to be faced with, and whether or not they are safe to eat.
Apples – YES
Apples are safe for beagles to eat and can provide a number of nutritional benefits. The flesh of the apple is high in fiber and low in calories, making it a good option for those who are trying to lose weight.
Additionally, apples are a good source of potassium and Vitamin C, as well as antioxidants, which can help to boost the immune system. They can also help to freshen your beagle’s breath!
Note: Apple seeds contain a small amount of cyanide which is released when they’re broken or chewed. Swallowing a few apple pips is unlikely to cause harm, but it’s better to remove them and avoid the risk.
Asparagus – YES
While asparagus is a safe vegetable for beagles to eat, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Asparagus contains a high amount of fiber, so it’s important to introduce it to your beagle’s diet slowly to avoid any sudden digestive problems.
Secondly, it also contains a substance called asparagine, which can cause urinary tract problems in some dogs that have a history of urinary tract infections. In most cases, beagles can enjoy small amounts of asparagus without any problems.
Avocado – NO
Avocados are not 100% safe for your beagle as they contain a substance called persin. Persin is toxic to dogs and can cause gastrointestinal upset.
The avocado pit can also cause a blockage if ingested accidentally, and as you know, many beagles tend not to chew before swallowing!
Avocados are also high in fat and therefore would not make the best fruit option for beagles.
Bananas – YES
Bananas are safe for beagles and they provide a good source of Potassium, Vitamin C, and Fiber, so they can offer some nutritional benefits to your dog.
However, they are a high-sugar fruit, so they should be given in moderation.
The skin and stem of the banana can be tough for dogs to digest, so it’s best to remove them before feeding the banana to your beagle.
Expert Tip: Spread a mushy banana over a Lick Mat to keep beagles entertained for hours!
Blueberries – YES
Blueberries are totally safe for beagles to eat and are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that can help to boost immunity, improve vision, and promote healthy digestion.
They are also a small, low-calorie treat, making them a good choice for beagles who are watching their weight.
We give our pups 4 or 5 blueberries every morning with their breakfast so they don’t feel left out when we’re loading them onto our porridge!
Broccoli – YES
Brocolli is a safe-to-eat vegetable for beagles and can provide them with a number of nutrients, including Fiber, Vitamin C, and Iron.
They are very unlikely to eat raw broccoli, so you’ll have to get cooking before they go near the stuff!
Cantaloupe – YES
Cantaloupe is a type of muskmelon that is safe for beagles to eat in small amounts. This popular summer fruit is a good source of Vitamins B6 and C, as well as potassium and fiber.
While cantaloupe can be a healthy treat for your beagle, it is important to avoid feeding them the seeds or rind as these can cause gastrointestinal upset.
Expert Tip: If you’re looking to give your pooch a special treat, try freezing some cantaloupe chunks in advance. They will love the refreshing and nutritious snack on a hot summer day!
Carrots – YES
Beagles can eat carrots, and the good news is that they are not only safe to eat, but they can also be a highly nutritious and low-calorie snack!
Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A. This vitamin is important for maintaining healthy vision, supporting the immune system, and promoting cell growth. In addition, carrots are a good source of fiber and can help to regulate your beagle’s digestive system.
As a result, this super-veg is our No.1 go-to healthy snack for our beagles!
Expert Tip: Carrots are best given to your beagle raw in order to preserve the nutrients. They can be served whole, or chopped up into smaller pieces depending on their age and chewing ability.
Here’s a list of sneaky ways we manage to get our hounds to eat their veg!
Cauliflower – YES
Beagles can eat cauliflower. It is a good source of Fiber and Vitamin C, and can help to boost the immune system. Additionally, cauliflower contains antioxidants which can help to protect cells from damage.
It is best served cooked, as this will make it easier for your beagle to digest.
Expert Tip: If they seem disinterested in cooked cauliflower, try adding some chicken broth or gravy to make it more appealing.
Celery – YES
Beagles can safely enjoy celery as a low-calorie vegetable that is rich in vitamins and minerals, making it an excellent addition to their diet.
Just a few of the many benefits of feeding celery to your beagle include improved digestion, reduced inflammation, and increased joint health. Additionally, the high water content in celery can help to keep your dog hydrated, especially during hot summer months.
The best way to give your beagle celery is raw, as this will preserve the nutrients.
Expert Tip: Try adding some peanut butter or cream cheese to make it more appealing for first-timers!
Cherries – NO
Beagles should avoid eating cherries. Generally, it only takes a few high-sugar cherries to cause an upset belly in a beagle, however, the main issue is that the pit can become a choking hazard.
The pit also contains a small amount of cyanide, which can be poisonous if broken down and ingested in larger quantities. For these reasons, it’s best to avoid giving your beagle any cherries altogether.
Coconut – YES
Yes, beagles can eat coconut – but only in small amounts!
Coconut is a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and it can help to boost the immune system.
However, it is important to feed coconut in moderation, as it can cause gastrointestinal upset if consumed in large quantities, plus, coconut contains a lot of fat which is not ideal for a beagle!
Note: Never give your beagle coconut with the husks still attached as this can pose a choking hazard.
Corn – YES
Corn is safe for beagles and provides an excellent source of protein, fiber, and vitamins, and it can help promote healthy skin and coat growth.
When fed in moderation, corn can be a nutritious and healthy part of your beagle’s diet.
Note: The corn should either be removed from the husk, or you should be holding onto the husk when feeding your beagle. As we know, beagles are very food-obsessed. If you give them the whole cob they are very likely to eat all of it, which poses a choking hazard or a blockage risk.
Cranberries – YES
Cranberries are safe for beagles in small quantities. They are a good source of fiber, which can help to regulate digestion, and they are also high in antioxidants, which can assist in protecting their cells from damage.
Cranberries may also help to prevent urinary tract infections, making them a great choice for dogs who are prone to these infections.
Too many cranberries can cause stomach upset, so it is best to feed them in moderation.
Cucumber – YES
Cucumbers are 100% safe for beagles to eat and are low in calories and fat, making them a great snack for our pups that are on the slightly chunkier side!
They also contain important vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Magnesium.
And thanks to their high water content, cucumbers can also help to keep your hound hydrated.
Expert Tip: Adding some peanut butter or cream cheese can pique their interest initially. You can also try chopping them up into small pieces and mixing them in with their usual dog food.
Eggplant – YES
Beagles can eat eggplant and it provides a good source of fiber, vitamins B and C, and potassium.
However, as eggplant is often fried, it may not make to best vegetable option for a beagle.
Figs – NO
Figs are not good for beagles. While they are not entirely toxic, figs contain a compound called ficin, which can irritate the digestive tract and can cause gastrointestinal upset.
In addition, figs have a high sugar content and can cause weight gain in beagles.
Garlic – NO
Beagles should not eat garlic. Although a very small amount of garlic may not be harmful in most cases, it can cause gastrointestinal upset.
If consumed in larger quantities, or fed consistently small amounts over a longer period of time, it can lead to anemia, which is why it’s best to avoid garlic completely.
Ginger – YES
While ginger is safe for beagles to eat, it is important to give it to them in moderation.
Ginger contains compounds that can act as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and can aid in digestion.
It can also help to relieve nausea and vomiting.
Grapes – NO
Grapes are not a safe fruit for beagles to eat as they contain a harmful (unidentified) compound that can cause kidney damage.
The poisonous component in grapes is still unknown, but it is understood that dogs are unable to break down the tannins, flavonoids, and monosaccharides found in grapes.
Grapefruit – NO
Grapefruits are very acidic, and they can cause stomach upset in dogs if they eat too much of them. In severe cases, it can even lead to liver damage.
For these reasons, it’s best to err on the side of caution and keep grapefruits away from your beagle.
Green Beans – YES
Yes, green beans are totally safe for beagles. In addition to being low in calories, they are packed with Fiber, Iron, and vitamins A, C, and K.
Most importantly, green beans can help to keep your beagle’s digestive system regular.
If your pup is overweight, green beans can also be a helpful way to help them slim down, as they are filling but low in calories.
Honeydew – YES
Honeydew is a good source of vitamins C and B6, as well as potassium and magnesium. It also contains antioxidants and amino acids.
However, honeydew contains a fair amount of natural sugar, so it should be given in moderation.
You can give your beagle small pieces of fresh or freeze them into bite-sized treats.
Note: When feeding honeydew to your beagle, make sure to remove the rind and seeds first as they can pose a choking hazard.
Kale – YES
Kale is a good source of Vitamins A and C, as well as calcium and copper. It can also help to boost your beagle’s immune system and fight inflammation.
However, kale does contain a small amount of oxalic acid, which can cause digestive issues if they eat too much of it.
For most dogs, eating a few leaves of kale will not cause any problems.
Kiwi – YES
Kiwis are a great option for beagles because they are packed with nutrients and offer a range of health benefits.
For example, kiwis are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which can help to boost their immune system.
They are also fairly low in sugar and calories, making them a good choice for those pups who are watching their weight. In addition, kiwis contain enzymes that can help to break down proteins, making them easier for your beagle to digest.
Leeks – NO
Leeks are a member of the onion family, and like onions, they can be harmful to dogs if consumed in larger quantities.
The sulfur-containing compounds that give leeks their characteristic flavor can also cause gastrointestinal irritation and can lead to the formation of gas in the intestines. For these reasons, it’s best to avoid feeding leeks to your beagle.
Lemons – NO
There is no good reason why beagles should eat lemons.
The acidic nature of lemons can cause stomach upset and will likely lead to vomiting and diarrhea. In addition, the oils in lemons can cause skin irritation, and the sharp scent can bother a beagle’s extremely sensitive nose.
For these reasons, it’s best to avoid giving lemons to your hound.
Lettuce – YES
Whilst lettuce is safe to eat for dogs, good luck trying to get a beagle into it!
Unless it has fallen out of a burger or has tasty salad dressing all over it – there’s not much hope of getting your pup interested in this one!
However, lettuce is a low-calorie food, making it a great choice for overweight beagles if you do manage to have wizardry skills. Just be sure to wash it thoroughly to remove all dirt or pesticides.
Limes – NO
Just like lemons, there is no good reason to really feed your beagle limes. It is highly acidic and likely to cause stomach upset and irritate their sensitive noses.
Limes also contain a compound called psoralen, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. It’s best to stay clear of lemons, limes, and grapefruit entirely as they are all highly acidic fruits.
Mango – YES
Beagles can eat mangoes, and they are actually a great source of fiber, as well as Vitamins A and C, which can aid in the strengthening of their immune system.
When feeding your pup mango, make sure to remove the pit as they do contain a small amount of cyanide and can also pose a choking or blockage hazard.
Whilst mangoes make a delicious treat, they are high in sugar – so moderation is key!
Mushrooms – NO
While some mushrooms are safe for dogs to eat, others can be highly toxic for them.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between safe and unsafe mushrooms, and beagles cannot identify which ones are likely to be poisonous before they take a bite – even with their super-sonic noses!
As a result, it’s best to err on the side of caution and avoid feeding mushrooms to your pooch.
Note: Wild mushrooms pose a big risk to beagles that generally like to explore everything by taste, so it’s important to keep an eye on them when out on forest walks.
Nectarine – YES
Yes, beagles can eat nectarine. Nectarines are a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber. They can help to boost their immune system and keep their digestive system running smoothly. While most dogs can enjoy nectarine without any problems, it is important to avoid giving them the pit or stem, as these can pose a choking hazard.
Onions – NO
Onions are not safe to eat for beagles as they contain a compound called thiosulfate, which can be toxic to dogs in large quantities. Even small amounts of onion can cause gastrointestinal problems, such as vomiting and diarrhea.
In severe cases, thiosulfate can damage red blood cells, leading to anemia.
It’s unlikely that beagles will eat raw onions, but we do tend to add them to many of our cooked meals, so if you’re giving them leftovers it’s important to remember that onions are not good for them!
Oranges – YES
Beagles can eat oranges and they are a good source of fiber and Vitamin C. However, oranges are also high in sugar, so it’s important to feed them in moderation.
When giving your beagle oranges, be sure to remove the seeds and the peel, as both can be harmful.
And, as with any new food, start slowly by giving them only a few pieces at first to make sure they don’t have any adverse reactions.
Papaya – YES
Papaya is a safe fruit for your beagle to eat and contains an enzyme called papain which can help to break down tough meats and proteins. This can be helpful if they are having trouble digesting their food.
Another benefit of feeding your beagle papaya is that it can help to reduce inflammation. Papaya is a natural anti-inflammatory and can help to soothe conditions like arthritis. It’s also a good source of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, and fiber.
Peaches – YES
Beagles can eat peaches, with a few caveats. Peaches are a healthy fruit, provided they are eaten in moderation. They are high in sugar, so they should be given as an occasional treat rather than a regular part of their diet.
In addition, peaches should be given without the pit, as it can be a choking hazard. The pit also contains cyanide, which can be poisonous to dogs.
Note: Canned peaches (or any canned fruit in general), contain high amounts of sugary syrups and should be avoided entirely.
Pears – YES
Beagles can eat pears, and they are actually one of their favorite fruits!
They are low in calories (compared with others) and can be a helpful way to rehydrate on a hot day. However, it is important to avoid giving them the core or seeds of the pear, as these can be harmful.
Peas – YES
Peas can be a healthy addition to your beagle’s diet as they are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
However, it’s important to feed your beagle peas in moderation.
Because they are green and a vegetable, many people assume they are generally low in calories, but peas in particular contain a high level of natural sugars that can lead to weight gain if your beagle consumes too many!
Peppers (Bell Peppers) – YES
Beagles can eat bell peppers, but there are a few things to keep in mind before feeding them to your pup.
First of all, bell peppers come in a variety of colors – red, yellow, green, and even purple! – and each color offers different nutritional benefits. For example, red bell peppers are an excellent source of Vitamin C, while green bell peppers contain chlorophyll, which can help to detoxify the body.
When feeding your beagle bell peppers, it’s best to start with a small amount and see how they respond. Some dogs may be more sensitive to the histamines in peppers than others, and may experience gastrointestinal upset if they eat too much.
If your beagle does well with bell peppers, there are a few benefits to incorporating them into their diet. Bell peppers are low in calories and fat, and can be a good source of fiber. They also contain vitamins and minerals that can help to boost the immune system and promote healthy skin and coat.
So if you’re looking for a healthy snack for your hound, bell peppers might make a great option!
Peppers (Chili Peppers) – NO
Although chili peppers are not toxic to dogs per se, there are a few reasons why your beagle should stay clear of them.
Chili peppers contain a substance called capsaicin, which gives them their heat. Capsaicin can irritate a dog’s digestive system, causing vomiting and diarrhea. In addition, chili peppers can cause inflammation of the skin and eyes, which is highly likely to occur if your beagle touches it with its paw.
If capsaicin is consumed by your beagle, it can even lead to difficulty breathing and an increased heart rate. For these reasons, it’s best to keep chili peppers away from your pup.
Pineapple – YES
Pineapples are a good source of fiber, which can help to regulate your beagle’s digestive system. In addition, the enzymes in pineapple can help to break down food and make it easier for the body to absorb nutrients.
Dogs can eat pineapple, but there are some benefits and risks to consider. Pineapple is a good source of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins C and B1. It can help to boost the immune system, improve digestion, and reduce inflammation.
However, pineapple also contains a lot of sugar and acidity, which can cause stomach upset in some dogs, and you should always remove the core and skin of the pineapple before feeding it to your dog, as these parts can be hard to digest.
Note: Some people believe that feeding pineapple is a good way to stop beagles from eating poop, but in reality, you are unlikely to have any real success with this!
Plum – YES
Plums are safe to eat for your beagle so long as the pit has been completely removed.
Sometimes, it can be fairly tricky to remove it entirely. If this is the case it should not be given to your beagle as it can be a (sharp) choking hazard. In addition, the pits of plums contain cyanide, which can be poisonous to dogs if ingested in large quantities.
However, plums are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. They also contain antioxidants, which can help to protect against cell damage.
Pomegranate – NO
Whilst pomegranates are not toxic to dogs, they can cause stomach upset and diarrhea when more than just a few seeds are consumed.
And as we know that beagles are hungry little beggars, 3 or 4 pomegranate seeds are unlikely to touch the sides!
The seeds can also lead to choking in dogs that tend to ‘hoover up’ their food, so pomegranate is not the best type of fruit to give a beagle.
Potatoes: YES (must be cooked)
Potatoes are safe for beagles to eat in moderation, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
First of all, they must be cooked, as raw potatoes contain solanine, which is poisonous to dogs.
Secondly, although they are a good source of vitamins and minerals, they don’t provide everything your beagle needs, so bulking up their meals with potatoes is not recommended.
Potatoes can quickly lead to weight gain in beagles when they are overfed, so keep an eye on the amount they get their paws on!
Pumpkin – YES
Beagles can safely eat pumpkins, which are a nutrient-rich food that can offer many benefits for canines.
This popular fall fruit is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and can also help to relieve digestive issues, such as constipation and diarrhea.
Radish – YES
Beagles either love or hate radish, but either way – they are safe to eat in small amounts. They’re crunchy, slightly sweet, low in calories and fat but high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
They can help to settle an upset stomach and can even freshen your hound’s breath whilst also cleaning their teeth.
However, radishes should be given in moderation, as they can cause gas and bloating if too much is consumed.
Raisins – NO
Though you may not think twice about tossing your pup a couple of raisins as a treat, it’s important to know that they can actually be quite harmful to beagles.
Dogs can’t metabolize raisins (dried grapes) the same way that humans can, and as a result, they can suffer from kidney failure if they eat too many.
In fact, just a small handful of raisins can be enough to make a medium-sized dog (like a beagle) seriously ill.
While the exact reason is still unknown, it is thought that the toxicity may be due to a naturally occurring chemical compound in raisins, which is the same with all types of grape-derived foods.
Raspberries – YES
Raspberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and can help to boost the immune system, improve vision, and aid in digestion.
Plus, their sweet taste is sure to please even the pickiest of pups!
However, raspberries are high in natural xylitol, an all-natural sugar found in many fruits and vegetables that can induce a powerful release of insulin from a dog’s pancreas when consuming large quantities.
A small number of raspberries are certainly not poisonous to your beagle, but they should only be fed in moderation.
Rhubarb – YES
Rhubarb is safe to eat for beagles, with some caveats.
The rhubarb leaves contain oxalic acid, which can be harmful to dogs in large quantities. However, the stalks (edible parts) of the plant are safe to eat and can actually be quite nutritious.
Rhubarb is a good source of fiber, vitamins A and C, and calcium and can also help to settle an upset stomach.
Note: If you give your beagle a piece of rhubarb to chew on, make sure to remove any leaves first.
Spinach – YES
Spinach is safe for beagles to eat and provides an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including Iron, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K. It also contains a compound called lutein, which is known to support eye health.
When feeding spinach to your pup, be sure to wash it thoroughly and chop it into small pieces – although beagles are most likely to eat spinach when it has been cooked through.
Sprouts – YES
Sprouts are packed with vitamins and minerals, and can offer a nutritional boost for your beagle.
They’re also low in calories and fat, making them a great treat for those trying to lose weight.
However, it’s likely that your beagle will only show interest in sprouts when they have been cooked as part of your roast dinner (and likely doused in meat juices!)
Strawberries – YES
Strawberries are safe for beagles to eat. In fact, strawberries can be a healthy treat for your pooch and they enjoy the sweet taste of them just as much as we do.
Plus, they’ll also get a good dose of vitamins and antioxidants. Just be sure to limit the amount your beagle eats, as too many strawberries can cause an upset stomach and weight gain.
Note: Be sure to remove the stem and leaves from the strawberry, as these can be choking hazards.
Tomatoes – YES (with caution)
Tomatoes are safe for beagles to eat, so long as they have ripened or been cooked.
Unripened tomatoes contain a compound called solanine, which can cause gastrointestinal upset and even paralysis in dogs, so it’s important to make sure your beagle does not have access to them, particularly if you are growing your own in the yard.
If you do decide to give your dog a tomato, be sure to remove the stem, leaves, and seeds first, as these parts of the plant contain the highest levels of solanine. You should also avoid feeding your dog green or unripe tomatoes, as they are more likely to contain harmful levels of solanine.
While a small amount of solanine may not be harmful, eating large quantities can lead to serious health problems.
Watermelon – YES
Beagles can eat watermelon, which is a great source of hydration, especially in the summer months.
It is also low in calories and fat, making it a healthy treat option. Watermelon is also rich in vitamins A, B6, and C as well as lycopene, an antioxidant that can help to protect cells from damage.
So, go ahead and give your pup a slice of watermelon next time you’re enjoying this refreshing fruit.
Note: Remove the seeds and rind beforehand as these can be harmful to your beagle.
When giving your beagle any new food, it is important to do so in moderation and to watch for any signs of gastrointestinal distress. If they experience vomiting, diarrhea, or any other type of discomfort after eating new food, it is best to discontinue feeding that item and consult with your veterinarian.
4 Ways to Turn Fruits and Vegetables into Delicious Treats
Giving your beagle fruits and vegetables as a replacement to their usual treat is a great way of reducing the number of calories they consume, and provides some variety to their diet.
Here are some of our favorite ways to treat our beagles to fruit and veg:
1. Use a Dehydrator for Chewy Snacks
Using a food dehydrator is our all-time favorite way to give our beagles fruit and vegetables, and it is so simple too!
Just wash and slice the produce into thin pieces, add some cinnamon or turmeric for extra flavor, place in a good quality Food Dehydrator for 12 hours, and voila – easy, homemade chews for beagles!
They can be placed in an Airtight Treat Jar which will keep them good for at least 4 months (when stored in a cool place).
2. Freeze some Pup-sicles
If you want to give your beagle an extra special treat, you can freeze fruits and vegetables into pup-sicles.
Simply chop up their favorites, mix them together in a blender, and pour the mixture into Silicone Ice Trays
Freeze for several hours, or until solid.
Pop one out and let your beagle go barmy!
3. Left-over Smoothie
Made yourself a smoothie? Don’t let the remains go to waste!
A left-over smoothie from your shaker or juicer makes a great occasional treat for your beagle.
You just need to note that blending fruit increases its sugar content, so less is more when it comes to feeding your beagle fruit smoothies.
4. Use in a Kong
All of our beagles LOVE a Kong filled with bananas, and it is one of the best ways to keep them busy for ages!
What if my Beagle has eaten an Unsafe Fruit or Vegetable?
If your beagle has accidentally eaten an unsafe fruit or vegetable, the most important thing to do is avoid panicking!
In most cases, eating a small amount of bad-to-eat produce will cause temporary stomach upset, and is unlikely to require urgent medical attention.
If, however, your beagle has eaten a large quantity of unsafe produce, or is displaying more serious symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, seizures, or difficulty breathing, call your vet or emergency animal hospital as soon as possible.
These can be signs of a much more serious reaction and may require medical intervention.
Veterinarians will be able to assess the situation and provide the appropriate treatment, and in most cases, this will involve giving your beagle fluids to flush the toxins out of their system.
Food Poisoning Symptoms in Beagles
The symptoms of food poisoning in beagles can vary depending on the type of food that has been ingested, but some common symptoms include:
- Excessive Drooling
- Abdominal Pain
- Shaking / Tremors
- Loss of appetite
- Liver Failure
If you suspect that your beagle has food poisoning, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately. With prompt treatment, most are likely to make a full and swift recovery.
However, in some cases, food poisoning can lead to serious complications, such as dehydration or intestinal damage. If you have any concerns about your beagle’s health, always contact your veterinarian to seek their advice.
Safe To Eat Fruits and Vegetables – Quick Reference Guide
Whilst some of the following fruits and vegetables are categorized as safe to eat for beagles, many come with caveats that include removing the seeds, rind, stems, and leaves, or serving them cooked rather than raw. For further information please see details under each category listed above.
|SAFE TO EAT||NOT SAFE TO EAT|
|Corn||Peppers (Chili Peppers)|
|Pepper (Bell Peppers)|
Fruits and Vegetables for Beagles
Giving your beagle fruits and vegetables is a great way to add nutrition and variety to their diet, as well as provide them with a healthy alternative to high-calorie dog treats. Subsequently, a well-balanced diet will go a long way to ensuring your beagle lives a long and healthy life.
And now that you know which fruits and vegetables beagles can or can’t eat, life gets a little bit easier for you and your hound!
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