Can dogs eat fruit safely?
Dogs digest foods differently than humans do, and eating the wrong foods can lead to health problems.
As dogs are omnivores, fruits and vegetables should not make up a majority of their diet but should be given as an occasional treat.
There are lots of fruits that are perfectly safe and healthy for your doggo.
Which fruits are safe?
It’s important to remove pit, stones, skin, rind of any and all fruits.
Apples - de seeded and cored. Excellent source of vitamin A and C as well as fiber. Make sure to take out the seeds and core before giving it to your pup.
Bananas - They make for a great snack as they are high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber and copper. But they should be given in moderation as they are high in sugar.
Blueberries - Blueberries are Great frozen as well as fresh. They are a superfood rich in antioxidants and packed with fibre and phytochemicals.
Mango - This sweet Summer treat is packed with vitamin A, B6, C and E. Make sure to remove the hard stone/pit and skin.
Nectarine - Remove stone/pit
Orange - Important to remove the skin and any seeds before your doggo eats them. Althhough they are a vitamin packed treat, some dogs may not like the taste. (Mine certainly don’t!)
Peach - Fresh or frozen peaches are a great summer treat. While the flesh is safe and tasty, the leaves, stone/pit are toxic to dogs, so make sure to remove those parts before giving them to your dogs.
Pears - Pears have tons of fiber and antioxidants but like apples the seeds and core should be taken out.
Strawberries - While a great treat, strawberries like bananas are high in sugar, so only in very small amounts
Watermelon - Watermelon is great summer treat as they are 92% water, they can keep your dog hydrated on hot summer days. I love this Frozen watermelon pupsicle recipe from Amy of BellyFull https://bellyfull.net/watermelon-pupsicles-frozen-dog-treats/
Cantaloupe - Packed with nutrients, low in calories and great source of water and fibre. Although it is recommended to be given in moderation for dogs who are overweight or have diabetes as it is high in sugar.
Cucumber - Botanically classified as fruit! Who knew? (I didn’t!) They are loaded with vitamin K,C and B1. They are an excellent low calorie treat as they have little to no carbohydrates, fats or oil. My dogs love to crunch on them.
Pineapple - a few bites of pineapple is a great sweet treat for your doggo. But make sure to remove the prickly outside peel as well as the crown. This tropical fruit is full of vitamins, fibre and minerals. Interestingly pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that makes it easier for dogs to absorb protein.
Pumpkin - Pumpkin helps with your dogs skin and coat, while being great for digestion and can help remedy diarrhea as well as constipation. Mila has always had a sensitive tummy and nothing helps as much as some pumpkin puree.
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