Top 10 Fall Vegetables That Are Safe for Dogs

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis

It’s Fall! Which means bountiful harvests of autumn vegetables flow over tables everywhere. But what about Fido’s bowl? Here’s our top 10 fall veggies that are safe for your dog (and that he’s bound to gobble down!).


We know red beets have a ton of good nutrients for humans, and it turns out your pup can benefit from them as well! They have a high sugar content, so we of course recommend moderation (in all things!) but red beets are known to fight inflammation in senior dogs, fight toxins in your dog by detoxifying and protecting cells in the brain and liver and get this–red beets have been found to help free radicals that may help prevent your dog from getting certain cancers. For many who have breeds that are prone to cancer, beets are a great addition to diet! (Liz West/Flickr)


Cabbage is full of antioxidants and is great for a dog’s skin. It also has been found to be cancer-fighting and, though it can cause gas, actually helps aid digestion in dogs as well. It’s okay to feed small amounts of raw cabbage, though if you plan to give your dog larger amounts, it’s best to cook it a bit so that there is no risk of hypothyroidism. Either way, dogs love it! (TimLewisNM/Flickr)

Brussel Sprouts

Much like cabbage, brussel sprouts offer your dog much in nutritional value–they fight free radicals, help strengthen immunization and may protect against cancer. That said, it’s important that they are washed well and cooked before given to your dog. This reduces risk of any food-borne illness for your dog, and also helps take Fifi be less, well, flatulent! (KRGJumper/Flickr)


What’s fall without pumpkins? In addition to being an autumn staple, pumpkin is high in fiber and loaded with lots of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. Many vets agree that the fiber in pumpkin helps a dog’s digestive tract, and may even help skin, eyes and coat, though there’s little scientific study done to prove that.Canned pumpkin is simply pumpkin in a pureed form. Pumpkin is high in fiber, low in fat and cholesterol and loaded with beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and vitamins A and C. Pumpkin can help a dog who has diarrhea and even helps with hairballs! (I, DL./Flickr)


While you may scrunch your nose at the thought of radishes, your dog will probably scarf them up. Again, in moderation, they are fine to give your pooch, and can act as dental cleaner because of their rougher texture. They belong to the cruciferous family with cabbage and brussel sprouts, so be sure to watch how many you give to avoid gassy, bloated puppy tummy! (Sean_Hickin/ Flickr)


Zucchini may be hit or miss for your dog in the taste and texture department, but it’s certainly a good, safe veggie for her to have. If you have a dog that is, ahem, fluffy, zucchini is a great filler vegetable that helps one lose weight and is also thought to be good for a dog’s skin and fur! (Jessica Spengler/ Flickr)

Butternut Squash

Think of butternut squash as a dog superfood! It’s well-known as a source of potassium and this has been found to reduce heart failure in dogs. It has lots of vitamins and minerals (especially A, which helps vision and skin) as well as is a powerful antioxidant, which helps fight inflammation and cancer. Many vets theorize that giving your dog squash will reduce the rates of kidney and heart disease as well! (Forest and Kim Starr/Flickr)


Cauliflower, much like cabbage, broccoli and brussel sprouts, can give your dog a little gas, so moderation is always a key point when giving to your dog, but there are lots of similar health benefits in being a good source of fiber and vitamins for your pup. It has also been found to prevent cancer cells from spreading, as it has a carcinogenic blocker, isothiocyanate in it. Who doesn’t want to block cancer? (Liz West/Flickr)


Kale also belongs to the cruciferous family, and, as a human superfood, is all over the place. It maintains the same health benefits for dogs that it does for humans: high in vitamins and beta-carotenes, rich in minerals and is high fiber, but we also caution about giving too much as kale contains oxalates. Oxalates that build in your dog’s system may cause diarrhea and, if too much is built up, even more serious issues with kidneys, so watch amounts given. (Alice Henneman/Flickr)

Acorn Squash

Like it’s winter/holiday sibling butternut squash, acorn squash is a great anti-inflammatory vegetable. It’s a little sweeter, and has a great texture to most dogs, and there are studies that show acorn squash can help stabilize blood sugar and cholesterol levels. More it’s a great filler food that’s good for your pup, but helps moderate weight. Just what we ALL need during the holidays! (Rudi Riet/Flickr)

Lori Ennis
Lori Ennis

More by Lori Ennis