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    Hi everyone!
    What kind of veggies do you feed your Danes? I give Oliver so many carrotts that I'm scared he'll turn orange! I think I need to diversify his diet a bit. He gets some grapes, baby carrots, and once in a while a piece of bannana. I'd like to start feeding him some raw things to get him as many nutrients as possible. I don't know if anyone read my previous posts, but his stool hasn't been very firm lately, and while we're going through switching his food I want to make sure he's getting all of the nutrition he needs. Any ideas?

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    RE: Veggies

    Carrots are great ... Mine also enjoy raw green bell peppers and apples(seeds removed). Dakota, the Dobie, LOVES oranges and bananas. However, with the stool being a little runny I'd take it easy on introducing too many new things - something is obviously off and introducing more new things might cause further upset. Good luck - Astrid

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      RE: Veggies

      all those additions to his diet (e.g. carrots) could well be *WHY* he has bad stools. each new food is a challenge to the canine digestive system, & often new ingredients cause loose stools. it's never advisable to add anything to a dog's diet really as you risk unbalancing it & you risk gut & bowel upsets--at the most, 10% of the total is all that could be safely recommended, but with any dog having problems, the first thing normally recommended is to eliminate any variables from the diet.

      in 15 years of working for vets & 5 years with an orthopedic specialist, the only dogs i ever saw sick from their food were dogs on homemade diets, never dogfood. fiddling around with diet takes some expertise not to just upset the balance & the gut. some dogs can eat anything, others are more delicate. despite the current faddishness of pet owners being down on dogfood, there are literally tons of data & billions of dogs to prove that a quality kibble is a whole & complete diet. variety is the spice of life, but "spices" aren't natural or even good for canines--from research it would appear canines were "meant" to eat a monotonous diet, so be careful you are feeding your dog things you think he should like, rather than what is really good for him.

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        RE: Veggies

        Don't feed the same kind of veggies every day. Vary them so they are getting all kinds of different vitamins. I feed my dogs all kinds of veggies that we eat and some that we don't. Greens, celery, sweet potatoes, squash, green beans, carrots, cilantro, parsley, well, you get the idea. It's best to squish them up in a food processor or blender as their body can process them that way.

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          Veggies/Fruit

          Whenever we have any fruit or veggie, we let the dogs try it to see if they like it. Zelda Mae's favorites are watermelon, apples and oranges. Gretchen likes grapes and melons. They also love raw broccoli, although that tends to give them gas, which, with a Great Dane, sometimes can empty a room! But all in all, they like anything we're eating as far as veggies and fruits go. With 7 dogs, if one doesn't eat it, another one will!

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