What Are The Best Fruits For Your Dog?
Updated: Apr 13
Dogs enjoy delicious treats just as much as we do. But is there a risk in feeding them some foods, particularly fruits? Many fruits are beneficial for our pups, but there are also fruits dogs should not eat. Below is a list of fruits you should watch out for and a list of fruits that are good for your dog!
Fruits that are harmful to dogs
Lemons and other citrus fruits
Lemons and limes are too acidic and can cause gastro-intestinal tract problems as can their rinds
The skin, leaves, and stems of avocados contain persin which is toxic to dogs. The inside of an avocado doesn’t have as much persin as the rest of the fruit, but it even the smallest amounts of persin can be damaging to your pup.
Grapes and raisins
Even in small amounts grapes are highly toxic to dogs. Scientists think it is because of a mold they contain. Should your dog accidentally ingest these, please call your vet immediately.
Dogs cannot digest figs so there is a risk of them experiencing gastrointestinal distress. While figs may be ok in very small quantities under strict supervision, it’s best to consult your veterinarian.
Dates and any dried fruits
Dates and other dried fruit are super high in fiber and sugar which causes canine diarrhea. Much like dates, these can be fed in moderation but would be best to consult your veterinarian before feeding them to your dog.
Cherries are not safe for dogs because of the pits. The potential of your dog swallowing the pit may lead to a bowel obstruction. Sadly even the cherry flesh can upset your pup's stomach. Not to mention the cherry pit, stem, and leaves all contain cyanide.
A toxin called solanine can be found in the green parts of tomatoes, such as stems and vines, as well as in unripe tomatoes. Tomatoes are also incredibly acidic and may cause your dog gastro-intestinal tract problems like lemons and limes.
Fruits that are safe for dogs
Not all fruits are off-limits to your dog! Take a look at our list of safe fruits.
Apples are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and antioxidants. Fiber can help a dog's gastrointestinal health and vitamin C is thought to help with degenerative conditions like joint disease.
Bananas are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. They’re packed with potassium which helps regulate fluid and electrolyte balance and they also contain biotin which is great for improving skin health and coat quality. Bananas are great in moderation and because of their sugar content should only be given as a treat.
Blueberries are a superfood rich in antioxidants and they prevent cell damage in humans and dogs! According to Elsevier Science Inc., adding foods with antioxidants to your dog’s diet can reduce the effects of brain aging.
Cantaloupes are a good source of fiber, which is an important nutrient for gastrointestinal health. Because of their high sugar content, cantaloupe should only be given in moderation. Just make sure you cut it up into small pieces and remove the rind before sharing it with your pup!
Cucumbers are great because they are mainly made up of water! Not only can they keep your pup hydrated on a hot day but they also have vitamin C. Cucumbers are also packed with magnesium, potassium, and vitamin K!
Pineapples are a refreshing treat for your dog and contain bromelain, an enzyme that helps dogs better absorb protein! Just make sure your dog only eats the flesh of the fruit and not the prickly skin.
This is another superfood thanks to its antioxidant properties! They’re also packed with vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamins B1 and B2, vitamin K, and dietary fiber. What’s better is that they can boost your dog’s immune system and protect their heart. If your dog isn’t a picky eater, they might not mind the bitter taste!
Not only are strawberries a good source of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants, but they can also strengthen your dog’s immune system!
Just remove the rind and seeds and you’ve got yourself another tasty and hydrating treat for you and your pup! Like cucumbers, watermelon is also mainly made up of water. Watermelon is also rich in potassium and vitamin C, and is also a great source of vitamins A and B6.
Erring on the side of caution
We’re putting these here because while they are deemed safe for dogs, there are some things to know about them before you decide to feed them to your pup.
Blackberries & Raspberries
Both of these berries are full of antioxidants and phytochemicals and are low in calories and sugar. However, both contain trace amounts of naturally occurring xylitol. While it may take over 30 cups of berries to cause any severe damage to your dog, they should only be consumed by your pets in serious moderation.
Mangoes, Peaches, & Pears
Each is a great source of fiber and other vitamins, but their pits contain trace amounts of cyanide. Since the flesh does not contain cyanide, you may feed the flesh of these fruits to your dogs in small amounts.
While Kiwis are packed with vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and copper, their seeds, skin, and high-sugar content can be unsafe for dogs. If you’d like to share a kiwi with your pup make sure to remove the skin and seeds, only feed in small quantities, and cut it up into small pieces.
Dogs are natural foodies so it’s nice being able to share a treat with them. Just follow our tips so that you and your dog can enjoy a delicious treat together!
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