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Why Feed Fruit to Dogs?
Fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and is good for us. Indeed, some fruits are superfoods and help fight cancer. But are all fruits good for dogs?
The answer is both yes and no. While there are many fruits safe for dogs to eat, some fruits are toxic and some carry unwanted risks. For example, dogs cannot eat avocados and grapes while the pits in cherries and plums can also pose a problem for them too.
The fruits dogs can eat help strengthen their immune system, improve skin, reduce inflammation, and aid digestion. With this in mind, for your dog’s well-being it’s essential to know which fruits are safe and which are dangerous.
Fruits Dogs CAN Eat ✅
Wondering what fruits are good for dogs? Here’s your guide to fruity goodness for your pup.
What’s not to like about munching on a crunchy apple?
The flesh is a sweet, juicy source of vitamin A & C and an excellent source of fiber but beware the seeds. Apple seeds contain traces of cyanide and dogs should avoid them.
Also, an apple core is a choking hazard. To keep tails wagging, feed your dog sliced, deseeded apples!
Bananas come in convenient packaging (the skin) and makes for a healthy snack on the move. They are packed with potassium, which is essential for a strong heart and efficient kidneys.
But be aware bananas are high in sugar. If your dog gains weight easily then give bananas only as an occasional treat.
Blackberries are safe for dogs and a great sweet treat. The rich dark color hints that blackberries are high in antioxidants, along with vitamin A and C. This makes for a strong immune system and healthy skin.
Beware of giving too much of a good thing as this will give your dog diarrhea.
Are fruits good for dogs? It’s a big “Yes” for blueberries.
These juicy bubbles of goodness are rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. Dubbed a superfood by some, blueberries help repair cell damage and fight against cancer.
Blueberries are an ideal training treat. An individual blueberry gives a rewarding pop of sweetness with added fiber and vitamins.
Dogs can eat cantaloupe melon, but only in moderation. This fruit has a high sugar content. Diabetic dogs and those prone to weight gain should only eat cantaloupe as an occasional treat.
Prepare cantaloupe for your pet by removing the seeds and cutting the flesh into chunks. Don’t let your pup lick the melon skin as it may harbor bacteria.
On the plus side, cantaloupe is rich in vitamin A, B, and C. These are great for digestive health and strengthen the immune system.
One of the fruits dogs can eat is cranberries. These make a tart treat, which aren’t suited to every dog’s taste. Cranberries contain vitamin C and are naturally acidic, which makes them a natural urinary disinfectant. For this reason, cranberries are recommended for dogs with urinary tract issues.
Can dogs eat cranberries? Yes
Will all dogs enjoy eating cranberries? Possibly not.
Coconut oil is heralded for its health giving properties, but what about coconut meat?
Can dogs eat coconut?
Coconut is arguably just as good for dogs as the oil. It is a source of natural anti-inflammatories. This can benefit conditions such as arthritis, skin allergies, and inflammatory bowel disease.
However, the upside of coconut is also its weakness. Coconut meat contains medium chain triglycerides (a form of fat). This makes it unsuitable for dogs prone to pancreatitis or with delicate stomachs.
Coconut meat is high calorie, so pooches on diets should avoid it.
Honeydew melon is a sugary sweet treat suitable for most dogs, except for diabetics. The high sugar content makes it unwise to give honeydew to a diabetic dog.
Honeydew is rich in vitamin B & C and has a potassium content similar to bananas. It also contains traces of copper and iron, which makes for healthy red blood cells.
To feed melon to your dog, cut the flesh into cubes and remove all the seeds. Remember melon is a treat because feeding too much may cause diarrhea.
Kiwi is safe for dogs and contains healthy doses of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. It also contains flavonoids and carotenoids, which are great antioxidants. They protect against cancer, help cell rejuvenation, and strengthen the immune system.
This juicy snack contributes towards a healthy skin, circulation, and digestive system. They also very tasty and are worth trying with a picky eater.
Mangos make for a tasty, nutritious dog treat. Rich in carotenoids, potassium, vitamins and trace minerals, strips of mango flesh are a sweet treat for pups.
However, be careful to remove the hard pit. Likes apples, the mango pit contains cyanide which is toxic to dogs and interferes with their ability to breath. Also, a mango pit swallowed whole will block the bowel, requiring urgent surgery to remove it.
Oranges are rich in vitamin C and can help flush toxins from the body for a natural detox. Peel your pooch an orange to boost his skin and coat condition. Sweet and juicy, oranges are safe for dogs and taste great.
Avoid feeding orange skin, large amounts of pith, or the seeds to your dog. These parts of an orange contain an oil that may irritate dogs and is best avoided.
Pears are definitely a fruit safe for dogs. More than this, they contain copper, fiber, and vitamin C & K. Vitamin K is important to aid blood clotting, while vitamin C makes for a strong immune system.
For people, regularly eating pears may reduce the risk of stroke by 50%. This isn’t proven for dogs, but neither are pears likely to do harm. This said don’t forget to remove the pear seeds as (like apples) they contain traces of cyanide.
Are fruits good for dogs? When the fruit is a pineapple, the answer is a big “Yes”.
Beneath their tough, prickly skin (remove and feed only the flesh to your dog) lays a cocktail of sweet goodness. Pineapples contain vitamins, folate, and zinc which are great for a dog’s digestion and immune system.
In addition, pineapple contains bromelain. This is a natural enzyme which helps break down meat and make it easier to digest. Great for dogs with weak digestive systems.
However, be aware pineapples are sweet and sugary, so feed in moderation. Also, big chunks can pose a choking hazard, so keep those pieces treat-sized.
Rich in vitamin C, manganese, and fiber, raspberries are a tasty antioxidant treat. This makes raspberries a great treat for arthritic dogs as they may reduce joint inflammation.
However, raspberries do contain micro-traces of natural xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Yes, dogs can eat raspberries in moderation, but don’t feed them by the bucket load.
The humble strawberry contains a variety of healthy nutrients; these include manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamin C, E & K.
Yes, strawberries are a good fruit for dogs…and people. Human studies show strawberries promote good blood pressure, fight cancer, and lower cholesterol.
On the downside, strawberries contain a protein (which gives strawberries their red color) which causes an allergic reaction in some individuals. The signs include swelling of the dog’s lips and an irritated mouth.
Much like oranges and other sweeter citrus fruits, tangerines are a fruit safe for dogs to eat.
Be wary of acidic citrus fruits such as lemons or limes, as these can cause stomach upsets.
Think of watermelon as a refreshing and healthy drink. Made up of 92% water, a slice of watermelon is a good way to give your dog extra fluid in hot weather.
Watermelon also contains vitamin A, B6 & C, along with potassium. All of which promote healthy nerve function and strong muscles.
Fruits Dogs CAN'T Eat ❌
Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, some fruits are not as innocent as they appear. There are fruits dogs can’t eat because the flesh is dangerous or the pits will make your fur-friend ill.
Another controversial fruit for dogs is the apricot. While the fruit is succulent and bursting with potassium and beta carotene, the pit is dangerous.
Just like apples, plums, and peaches, apricot pits are a source of toxic cyanide. And to make matters worse, the pit is the right size to lodge in a small dog’s gut which can cause a serious blockage.
As a compromise, always slice the fruit off the pit when giving apricots to your dog.
While avocados are great for people, they contain a substance toxic to dogs, called persin. Whilst the concentration of persin is highest in the skin, even the flesh contains too much for a dog to handle.
Symptoms of persin toxicity include vomiting and diarrhea. If your dog accidentally eats avocado, contact your vet for advice.
Cherry pulp is delicious but there’s not much of it compared to the size of the pit. The big risk here is your dog gorges on the tasty pulp and will gobble down the pits by accident.
Not only do the pits contain cyanide, causing breathing difficulties and death, but they will also block the bowel. Untreated, this damages the gut wall and can be fatal.
Although dates aren’t toxic, they aren’t recommended as a dog treat. For one thing, only the flesh is edible. A dog wolfing down whole dates, including the pits, risks a serious bowel obstruction.
Also, dates are high in fiber and sugar, so eating more than a few causes doggy diarrhea. Don’t panic if your dog snaffles the odd date, but this isn’t something to encourage.
Figs are one of those fruits dogs can’t eat except in strict moderation. The advice is to feed no more than one or two fresh figs per week as their high fiber content causes diarrhea in dogs.
In addition, figs contain fucosin and ficin which is irritant to some dogs. Signs of a reaction include heavy drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea. Don’t panic if this happens; fig flesh isn’t a toxin just an irritant, so the symptoms should pass.
Grapes head the list of fruits dogs can’t eat.
Both grapes and raisins are highly toxic to dogs. Feeding even a few can cause kidney failure in some unlucky dogs. The toxin is as yet unidentified, but this doesn’t change the fatal facts.
Never feed grapes (or raisins) to dogs. If your dog consumes them accidentally, contact your vet immediately.
The vitamin A in peaches can help dogs fight infection. While it’s fine to offer your dog slices of fresh peach, once again it’s the pit that’s a hazard.
The pit is the perfect size to lodge in the intestine and cause a life-threatening blockage. Plus, pits contain cyanide. Enough said.
The problem with plums is their size relative to the pit. The fruit is fine to eat, but there’s not much of it. A dog nose down in a bowl of plums will also eat the pits, which has potentially life-threatening consequences.
Yes, the pits contain cyanide, but more worrisome is that a pit is the right size to block the intestine. Therefore, plums should be avoided, unless you first slice the fruit off the pit.
Hints and Tips
Yes, your dog can have too much of a good thing. A fruit binge is likely to upset your dog’s stomach, so take things slowly.
Introduce one new fruit at a time. This allows your dog’s digestion to get used to the new treat. As your dog’s adjusts to the sweet goodness and fiber, it’s OK slowly to offer more. If at any stage your dog gets diarrhea, then rein back on the quantity in for a few days.
As a rule, if we (the humans) typically don’t eat the skin or the pit, then neither should the dog. Be aware that dog’s will not pick out the pits, and if swallowed can be very dangerous. Remember to feed only the fruit and carefully remove seeds or the pit.
Also, don’t forget to wash fruit before serving to remove contaminating bacteria which could cause illness.
Can My Dog Eat Fruit?
Fruits are good for pups, with many positive health benefits. From better bladder health to slimming down your dog, fruits can improve your dog’s overall well-being.
How about making small changes, such as switching commercial treats to fruit? This will strengthen the dog’s immune system and give them a glossier coat.
Just be careful to avoid those fruits dangerous to dogs such as avocado and grapes. Remember to feed fruit in moderation, especially at first, to allow your dog’s tummy to adapt to all that sweet goodness.
Cheers to happier, healthier fur-friends!
Dog fruits chart
|Fruit||Eat / Not eat / Caution||Reason|
|Apple ▾||With caution||Apple seeds contain traces of cyanide|
|Apricots ▾||With caution||Apricot pits can block the bowel|
|Avocado ▾||Not Eat||Contains persin, which is toxic to dogs|
|Bananas ▾||Eat||Rich in potassium|
|Blackberries ▾||Eat||Too many can cause diarrhea|
|Blueberries ▾||Eat||Makes for a strong immune system and healthy skin|
|Cantaloupe ▾||Eat||Beware the high sugar content|
|Cherries ▾||Not eat||The pits are a choking hazard|
|Cranberries ▾||Eat||Great for bladder health|
|Coconut ▾||With caution||Not recommended for overweight dogs|
|Dates ▾||With caution||Likely to cause diarrhea|
|Figs ▾||Not eat||Ficin can cause drooling and diarrhea|
|Grapes ▾||Not eat||Can cause kidney failure|
|Honeydew ▾||Eat||Not recommended for diabetic dogs|
|Kiwi ▾||Eat||Rich in vitamin C for a strong immune system|
|Mango ▾||With caution||Nutritious flesh, but beware of the pit|
|Oranges ▾||Eat||Flesh only…no skin, pith, or seeds|
|Peaches ▾||Caution||A swallowed pit can block the gut|
|Pears ▾||Eat||Good for healthy blood cells|
|Pineapple ▾||Eat||Contains bromelain to aid digestion|
|Plums ▾||Not eat||The pits pose a risk of bowel blockage|
|Raspberries ▾||Eat||Great for arthritic dogs|
|Strawberries ▾||Eat||Packed with healthy vitamins and trace elements|
|Tangerines ▾||Eat||Rich in vitamin C|
|Watermelon ▾||Eat||Thirst quenching goodness|
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