What Fruit Can Dogs Eat? 12 Types of Fruit They Can Safely Enjoy
As a dog owner, you may wonder if it’s safe to share your favorite fruits with your furry friend. The good news is that many fruits are not only safe for dogs, but also offer several health benefits. However, it's essential to know which fruits are safe for dogs to consume and in what quantities. So, what fruit can dogs eat? Let’s find out!
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12 Types of Fruit Dogs Can Eat
Apples are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Be sure to remove the seeds and core before feeding them to your dog. Apples of course go really well with peanut butter, so why not try making some apple and peanut butter homemade dog treats?
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C, plus they're low in fat and cholesterol. They must be given in moderation though due to their high sugar content. Try adding bananas to your frozen Kong recipes to help your pooch cool down during the summer, or check out our Greek yogurt recipes.
Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and are low in calories. They are also good for maintaining healthy brain function and can improve eyesight in dogs.
Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. They are also low in calories, making them a great snack option for overweight dogs. Strawberries make an excellent addition to homemade dog treats.
Mangoes are a great source of vitamin A along with other vitamins and potassium. However, it's important to remove the skin and pit as they can be a choking hazard. High sugar levels mean mango must be given in moderation.
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. It's important to remove the seeds and peel before giving them to your dog. Whether your dog will find the strong citrus smell of oranges a-peel-ing is another matter!
Watermelon is an excellent source of hydration for dogs as it contains more than 90% water, making it an excellent choice for hot summer days. It's also a good source of vitamins and potassium. Just be sure to remove the seeds and rind before passing your pooch this hydrating treat.
A great source of vitamin A and fiber, peaches are another fruit that's safe for dogs to eat, as long as you cut around and remove the pit, which contains cyanide. Canned peaches should be avoided, however, as they often contain sugary syrups.
High in vitamins, copper, and fiber, pears are great choice of fruit to give your dog. We advise cutting the pear into small chunks. Important things to remember are to avoid canned pears in sugary syrups, and to ensure the pit and seeds are fully removed.
Similarly to oranges, it's questionable whether your pooch will turn up their nose at cranberries - not because of their smell, but because of their rather sharp taste. Cranberries in both their fresh and dried varieties can be consumed by dogs, as long as they haven't been sweetened.
Another berry that dogs can eat, raspberries must only be given in moderation because they contain small amounts of xylitol, which is very toxic to dogs. It's recommended that, for this reason, raspberries are just given as an occasional treat and in small quantities.
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When the peel, crown, and core are removed, pineapple can be enjoyed by your pooch. Full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, pineapple also contains bromelain, which can aid digestion.
Similarly to many other foods, it's important to remember that moderation is key when it comes to feeding your dog fruit. Too much of any fruit can cause digestive issues or diarrhea in dogs. Also, it's important to avoid feeding your dog grapes and raisins, as they can be toxic and cause kidney failure. Check out our post 16 Common Foods That Could Harm Your Pup to discover which other foods your pooch should avoid.
Incorporating certain types of fruit into your dog's diet can provide several health benefits, but it's crucial to know which fruits are safe and how much to feed them. If you have any concerns or questions about your dog's diet, it's always best to consult your veterinarian.
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