“Can my dog eat fruits?”

Fur parents are always looking for ways to give more nutritious food to their fur kids. After all, they don’t get anything from chewing on remote controls, do they? Aside from treating them to a delectable high-protein bully stick feast, fruits are perfect for revving up their diet to a more wholesome one. Here’s a list of fruits that you can feed to your canine pals.

Apples

Although dogs don’t need as much vitamin C as humans do, a boost in vitamins A and C can help sick and senior dogs. A dog’s supply of this essential vitamin depletes quickly when they’re weak, stressed, sick or old. Sled dogs and those that participate in hunting and other sports need more vitamin C as well. Feeding them apple slices can help boost their vitamin C supply.

Mangoes

Tropical fruits like mangoes are some of our furry pal’s favorite fruits. Aside from vitamins A and C, these sweet treats are rich in vitamins B6 and E. But hold off on feeding Rover too much of this fruit. One mango has approximately 46 grams of sugar! We want our pooches to be happy, not diabetic.

Blueberries

When you see your furkid looking at you while eating blueberries, don’t hesitate to give him some. This fruit is rich in antioxidants which can help prevent cancer. Unlike mangoes, it’s okay to give an overweight dog a bowl of this delectable treat as they’re low calorie and low in sugar.

Blackberries

Like blueberries, blackberries contain antioxidants. Anthocyanins are antioxidants found in purple fruits and vegetables and these can help prevent heart diseases that are common in some breeds. If your furkid has a sensitive tummy, it’s best to give them only a couple of blackberries first. And if you have a blackberry bush in your property, put up a fence to keep little canine explorers from getting their paws on them.

Avocados

Many people would say that avocados are not safe for dogs. That’s not true at all! This fruit is full of nutrients that humans consider this as a superfood. Avocados are known to contain more powerful antioxidants than other fruits. The danger only comes if you feed your dogs the whole fruit. Before giving this yummy treat to your dog, make sure to take out the pit and throw away the skin.

Oranges

Is your dog bummed out? Give a slice or two to your furkid. Oranges can help in alleviating anxiety and stress in dogs. This fruit is also a good source of potassium, the nutrient that’s essential in every dog’s diet as this helps in maintaining fluid balance and preventing cardiac arrest.

Pears

Anemia is one thing that you should watch out for in dogs. Making sure your pup doesn’t have copper deficiency is vital, as this can lead to severe anemia or bone development problems. Copper is important in the canine diet because this nutrient helps in the absorption of iron. It’s a good thing that pears are a good source of copper. If you have active dogs, pears can help keep them in tiptop shape as well. Vitamin K found in pears can help in increasing bone density and help in blood clotting.

Pineapples

Did you know that one of the many challenges of feeding dogs is finding food rich in minerals? Good thing there are yummy pineapple treats that are rich in minerals such as calcium and iron. Calcium aids in the prevention of bone deformities, while iron helps in addressing anemia. Avoid giving canned pineapples to your dogs though. The high sugar content in the syrup is not advisable for canines.

Watermelon

Got pets who don’t like drinking water? Give them some watermelon chunks to keep them hydrated especially during hot days. This fresh fruit not only makes a tasty and refreshing treat for our canine and feline pals, they’re also packed with nutrients! Just keep the rind and seeds away from them as these can cause stomach blockages.

Strawberries

It’s a wonderful thing that strawberries belong to the safe-to-eat list for dogs. As long as they’re fresh and not doused in that sickly sweet syrups that canned strawberries come in, your dogs can eat them in moderation. These delectable fruits prevent aging and even help your dogs with weight management.

Bananas

Banana oh nana! No dog can resist the goodness of bananas especially when you add them as ingredients in dog treats. This fruit is a rich source of potassium, manganese and vitamin C, copper and more. If you want to give fresh fruits to your dogs, it’s best to slice a banana into bite-sized chunks.

Fruits to Avoid At All Cost

We love to share our healthy treats with our furry pals. Unfortunately, not every food that’s safe for human consumption is okay to feed to our dogs as well. Here’s a list of fruits that fur parents should avoid giving to their dogs:

Grapes and raisins

Anyone who’s a dog lover will tell you to steer clear of grapes and raisins. Grapes and raisins are highly toxic, causing sudden kidney failure and anuria (lack of urine production). Although there are some cases in which dogs do not experience any symptoms of renal failure, it’s still best to avoid feeding these fruits to your furkids.

Cherries

Humans love cherries. We put them in cocktails and pastries; that’s how much we love them. Unfortunately, they’re on the list of toxic food for dogs. They’re listed as moderately toxic, but consumption of the seed and plant itself results in death and respiratory failure.

Currants

If you suspect your dog has been eating currants, it’s best to bring him to a veterinarian ASAP. They may not exhibit the usual symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, but consuming this type of fruit can cause kidney failure.

Apricots

Although the pulp can be eaten, the leaves, stems, and seeds are highly toxic to both cats and dogs. If you have these in the backyard, it’s best to put up a perimeter fence to keep your pets from eating the whole fruit. They contain cyanide which gets more toxic during the process of wilting.

The Bottom Line

Fruits that are safe for canine consumption are nutritious alternatives to the usual cookie-cutter treats. But it’s still important to remember that these should not be your dogs’ main meal. They still need the complete dietary allowance that’s found in most dog food. Add these wholesome treats as a supplement and you’ll have a healthy, active dog to keep. Each fruit mentioned above is linked to in-depth articles that provide information on how to feed them to your furkids, along with tasty recipe treats that they will surely love. Happy snacking!