Your dog is a natural beggar. They all are. And maybe you've given in and fed table scraps to your dog. Or maybe you've added human food to their kibble to make it more appetizing. But have you really thought through what your dog can safely eat? Most of us just feed them what we're eating because we feel guilty not sharing — especially with those big, sad eyes staring at us. And especially when it comes to fruits, we may automatically think that if it's healthy for us, it must be healthy for our pup.
But that is not necessarily true. For example, grapes, raisins and their cousins are all potentially toxic to dogs. Fortunately, it seems nowadays that most people are aware of the dangers grapes pose if given to dogs.
On the flip side, there are lots of other fruits that are safe and healthy for pups. Fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals. Even though we think of dogs as carnivores, in the wild they have quite a varied diet. In addition to meat, they naturally eat grasses, roots, and fruits.
Even though some fruits are nutritious for our four-legged friends, there are some factors to consider before feeding them to your dog. For instance, some fruit will actually help your dog lose weight due to their high water content and low calories. Other fruits that are higher in sugar should be avoided for diabetic or overweight dogs. Some fruits contain seeds or pits, and should not be fed to pets. Also, consider whether your dog has access to fallen fruit in your garden, as this might also pose a potential risk for your pup.
Knowing what fruit your dog can eat and how to prepare it is key to ensuring you maintain your dog's health. Here are many common fruits and suggestions to help you determine if they will benefit your dog. We've also included some suggestions as to how to prepare the fruit before feeding it to your doggo.
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon? Yes
Watermelons are actually members of the cucumber family of plants, and are safe and healthy for your dog to eat. The fruit is very low calorie, so it is great for helping dogs lose weight. It is also high in vitamins A, B6, and C, and potassium. Remove the rind and seeds before feeding watermelon to your dog. The seeds could cause intestinal blockages, and the rind might give your pet an upset stomach.
Can Dogs Eat Apples? Yes
Apples are a healthy treat for your dog that is also high in vitamin C, calcium, fiber and phosphorous. However, the seeds contain cyanide that is toxic to dogs. So don't let your pet eat apples that have fallen off a tree. When you do feed apples to your dog, remove the skin and the seeds. Feed them to your pet in moderation, as too much can give them as upset stomach.
Can Dogs Eat Peaches And Nectarines? Yes
Peaches and nectarines are a great summertime treat your dog can safely eat in moderation. What is a health risk is the pit, however. Peach pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to humans and dogs. While we would never think of eating fruit pits ourselves, your dog might enjoy gnawing on them. So, if you have peach or nectarine trees, you need to make sure not to leave fallen fruit on the ground. Also, avoid leaving pits anywhere your dog could get them.
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple? Yes
Here's a fruit you might not think about giving to your dog. Rich in vitamin C and B6, pineapple is also a power house of nutrients and minerals, such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, potassium and magnesium, just to name some. It is a nutritious, healthy snack for your pup to enjoy. Give your pooch ripe, raw pineapple that has the skin and the core removed, as these parts may cause blockages in your pup's digestive tract. As with all treats, pineapple should be fed to your dog in moderation.
Can Dogs Eat Strawberries? Yes
Here is another summertime treat that your dog can enjoy with you. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, manganese, folate, and potassium, which are all healthy for your dog. Plus, they contain antioxidants that may help prevent cancer for you both. Cut strawberries or mash them before feeding them to your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Blueberries? Yes
Blueberries are high in antioxidants, magnesium, vitamin C, manganese, flavonoids and Vitamin K, and they don't contain anything that is potentially toxic to dogs. There are a few potential issues, however, as some dogs may be allergic to blueberries, and they can be a risk for choking for dogs that eat too fast and don't chew their food.
Can Dogs Eat Raspberries? Yes
Raspberries are a great source of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins C, K and B complex, as well as other nutrients and minerals. They are safe and healthy for your pup in moderation. They are a natural source of xylitol, which is toxic to dogs, so make sure to only give your pet a few at a time.
Can Dogs Eat Papayas? Yes
Raw papaya is a safe treat to give your dog. It is loaded with vitamins A, E, K and is also high in fiber. In order to safely feed papaya to your pup, remove the peel and seeds.
Can Dogs Eat Pears? Yes
Pears are another great source of vitamins A and C, and fiber. They are safe for your dog, but like most fruits, the seeds are not. Only give your dog bite-sized pieces of cut fruit to prevent possible choking. Pears should be given is small amounts —for a small dog that would be one slice.
Can Dogs Eat Oranges? Yes
A favorite source for vitamin C, oranges are a healthy snack for both you and your dog. But too much orange or other citrus fruit may give your dog a stomach ache. They are also high in sugar, which may not be healthy if your dog is overweight or diabetic. Also, the skins and seeds may cause a choking hazard or intestinal blockage.
Can Dogs Eat Cherries? Maybe
The fruit part of one or two cherries would be ok to feed your dog. But there are better choices, such as berries, that are less problematic for dogs. The pits from cherries cause a serious choking hazard, and the stems, leaves, and pits contain cyanide, which is toxic to dogs. So, make sure you clean up any fallen fruit if you have a cherry tree.
Can Dogs Eat Melons? Yes
Like watermelons, other melons are a safe, healthy treat for your fur baby. Melons like cantaloupe and honeydew are high in vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as niacin, folate, potassium, and fiber. They are also high in water and low in calories, making them a tasty treat in hot weather. As with other fruit, melons should be given in limited amount to avoid stomach issues and diarrhea.
Can Dogs Eat Mangoes?: Yes
This tropical fruit treat is also one your furry companion can enjoy. In fact, mangoes are high in fiber, vitamins A, B6, C, and E, so they are actually healthy for your dog. Don't give your dog the pit, though. Only feed your dog the ripe, peeled fruit cut into pieces to avoid a choking hazard.
Can Dogs Eat Bananas? Yes
We know bananas as a healthy food that is high in potassium, but they are also rich in manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, biotin and copper, all of which are also good for your pet. As always, moderation is key — too much banana can cause constipation. And large chunks, if ingested without chewing, can cause blockages in a dog's intestines. And just like humans, dogs shouldn't eat banana peels.