Some dogs may not be interested in the garden vegetable, but if your dog appears to want a bite, know that cucumbers are not only non-toxic to your dog, but may actually benefit his health in some unexpected ways. Additionally, you should wash fresh vegetables before feeding them to anyone, given the amount of pesticides and toxins that are currently used in commercial agricultural practices.
Cucumbers are high in water content, so feeding him a few slices can be a good way to provide him with extra hydration. This can be beneficial if your dog otherwise does not drink much, or needs excess water in his diet. Cucumbers contain vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B1, and a range of healthy minerals to keep your dog healthy.
A great training snack to take with you on long walks or to have as a treat outside on a hot day, cucumbers can reward your pet with a desirable taste, a boost of hydration, and won’t tack on the calories that other cookies and dog treats have.
Cucumbers don’t have a high nutrient content and you can giving them as a snack or as a filler if the pet is on a diet and needs low calorie options to add bulk to his food. Consider slicing up a cucumber and replacing his usual cookie or training treat with a few fresh slices, or chop up a cucumber and add a handful of pieces to his food bowl.
You may love to treat your pet to little rewards throughout the day, so balance the not-so healthy options with a beneficial, low calorie substitute like cucumbers—you may even find that your dog prefers a cucumber slice to his typical sugar-filled cookie or treat.