What Fruits Can Dogs Eat?
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Foods Dogs Can Eat!
You already know that fruit is important to stay healthy, but did you know that it is also great for your dog? While dogs don't need fruits to be healthier, adding fresh fruits to your pup's normal diet, with your vet's permission and instructions, can provide an extra boost of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as some extra hydration always welcome.
However, one important thing to remember when it comes to feeding your dog fruit is that while many fruits are great for dogs, not all are. In addition to checking out our list of fruits, you shouldn't feed your furry friend at the bottom of this page, you should also make sure to pay attention to how your dog responds to certain fruits. If you notice signs of an upset stomach or another discomfort, don't feed them that type of fruit anymore, even if it's safe for them.
Now that we've cleared up that important disclaimer, let's get to it. Here are 10 of the best fruits to feed to dogs.
An apple a day may not put the vet away, but apple slices or small chunks make great treats and decorations for meals. Just be sure not to feed your dog apple seeds, as they contain small amounts of cyanide and pose a choking hazard as well.
- Helps clean teeth and freshens breath.
- It contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber, and there are also phytochemicals in the skin, which have been found to fight cancer cell growth.
Bananas have tons of health benefits for our furry friends. They're also innately portable, making them a good snack for the two of you to share on long walks.
- Bananas are good for your dog's digestion, as well as his heart and muscles.
- It contains high amounts of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.
It is safe to share blackberries with your dog, even if you use your best judgment in terms of cutting them into smaller bites. Stick with the sweetest berries, rather than the tart ones, which your dog probably prefers.
- They have antibacterial properties that promote good oral health.
- Contains vitamins C and K, manganese, and fiber.
Dogs love blueberries, which are already the perfect size as treats for both large and small mouths. However, if it is a small dog or a large blueberry, cut the berry in half before serving.
- A low sugar profile makes blueberries a good treat for diabetic dogs.
- It contains vitamins C and K, as well as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and antioxidants.
Cantaloupe is a safe and healthy fruit for your dog to enjoy, but avoid feeding the rind, as the rough texture can cause intestinal damage.
- High doses of beta-carotene, which are good for your dog's vision and immune system.
- It contains vitamins A, B-6, and C, as well as fiber, potassium, folate, and niacin.
Thanksgiving is not the only reason to store these treats in your home. Cranberries can be fed to your dog raw, cooked, or dried, but skip the sugar-laden cranberry sauce (sorry, Fido).
- Excellent for bladder health, gum health, and immune health.
- It contains vitamins C and E, as well as a variety of B vitamins, including thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, and B-6.
Go ahead, give your puppy papaya. The pulp of this exotic fruit makes a great snack, as long as you don't feed the skin or seeds.
- It helps with everything from heart health and immune health to eye health and digestion.
- It contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as folate, fiber, calcium, and potassium.
When eaten in moderation, raspberries make a delicious treat for your dog. And most dogs seem to like it, especially when they are at their sweetness peak in the summer.
- Thought to help fight cancer, circulatory diseases, and age-related deterioration.
- It contains vitamin C, folic acid, copper, magnesium, fiber, and antioxidants.
Like most other berries, strawberries are packed with antioxidants. For safe feeding, first cut the leaves on top and then quarter the strawberry. If your dog is small, cut each quarter in half (or smaller).
- It provides a great boost to immune system health, helps regulate blood sugar, and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.
- It contains vitamins C, B-6, K, and E, as well as folic acid, potassium, and manganese.
Nothing is quite as satisfying on a hot day as a juicy slice of watermelon, and our dogs agree. Just don't feed the husk or the seeds, which are difficult for your dog to digest.
- High in lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against cell damage.
- It contains vitamins A, B-6, and C, as well as thiamine, which helps convert fat, protein, and carbohydrates into energy.
- Incredibly hydrating thanks to its high water content.
Fruits that you should not feed your dog
While the list of fruits that dogs can eat is long, as a responsible parent of a pet, you should also be aware of the fruits that dogs cannot eat. These include:
Always go for safety when it comes to feeding your dog any type of fruit for the first time. Even fruits that aren't on this list can pose a problem for your particular dog, so do your research, feed only small amounts at first, and watch for signs of a bad reaction.
How to feed your dog fruit
Fresh or frozen fruit is easy to feed your pet, as long as you remove the skin, seeds, and pits, and cut the fruit into manageable bites. But if you want, you can be more creative.
- Freeze some puppies: Fill each slot in an ice cube tray with fresh water or a tablespoon of plain yogurt, then add small pieces of cut fruit and freeze. Take out one of the puppies for ice cream on a warm day.
- Make a smoothie: Start with a base, like water, plain yogurt, or beef, chicken, or vegetable broth (just check the ingredient list first to make sure there are no onions, garlic, or other prohibited foods if you're using store-bought broth). Blend with fresh or frozen fruit and serve. If you make too large a portion, freeze the rest in an ice cube tray for quick frozen treats.
- Encourage your dog to play with his food: Instead, swap the traditional treats in your dog's favorite puzzle toy for small pieces of fruit. They will get a nice and healthy snack along with plenty of mental exercises.
- Sprinkle fruit on top of meals: Add some mealtime excitement by using cut fruit as a garnish at your dog's normal breakfast or dinner. It's a great way to mix up your meals and add an extra dose of healthy goodness.
Of course, fruits are not the only tasty food that dogs can eat. Learn how you can feed your pup lettuce too.
Enjoy The Video Tutorial about The BEST FRUIT for DOGS Benefits and Servings
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