Is Zucchini Good for Dogs?
We have reached the end of the alphabet for the second time and today’s post, on the letter Z, is all about zucchini.
What is Zucchini?
Common names for Zucchini
Zucchini is also referred to as courgette, although in some countries it is called squash. In dog food, it is only listed as zucchini when included in the recipe.
Why is Zucchini in Dog Food?
Zucchini is used in dog food as a relatively low calorie but high in nutrition ingredient that can balance out a dog food recipe.
Is Zucchini Commonly Used in Dog Food?
Zucchini is not currently a common ingredient in dog food. We see it in only 1.2 % of all dog foods, and rarely have seen it in treats.
Common Benefits or Risks of Zucchini
Zucchini has about 20 calories per cup and is a good source of Vitamin C, Potassium and Magnesium, and fiber. Zucchini also is a good source of Vitamin A and some of the B Vitamins. Its high content of Vitamin C provides antioxidants, and it can be an anti-inflammatory.
Zucchini can support a healthy coat and skin due to its abundant supply of vitamin and minerals.
Zucchini contains the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, which are associated with healthy eyesight.
Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level
Zucchini is a fantastic and low calorie nutritional powerhouse that is good for your dog. We give it the Slimdoggy Happy Face.
Miscellaneous facts about Zucchini
Even though zucchini is known as a vegetable, it’s technically a fruit because it comes from a flower.
Sources and further reading
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