What Fruits Can Dogs Eat?
Many fruits can be enjoyed by dogs and are highly nutritious. Mostly they are sweet and small amounts can be given as treats. Don't overdo it with any fruit or vegetable. Feed them in moderation. Too much can cause tummy upsets and diarrhea. If you have any concerns about feeding your dog fruit, talk to your vet.
Dogs can eat both the skin and flesh of mangoes. However the skin is quite difficult for a dog to digest and it is best if this is removed. The pit is a choking hazard and should not be given. Cut up the flesh and give to your dog as a sweet delicious treat.
Mango is rich in fiber and high in vitamins A, B6, C and E.
Fruit is great for overweight dogs because the fibre makes them feel full and less hungry.
Dogs can eat pears and usually enjoy them. Before feeding pears to your dog, remove the stem, core and seeds. These can be a choke hazard and seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide.
Pears are a treasure trove of vitamins and minerals. They are a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E and K. They contain valuable minerals including copper, folic acid, niacin and phosphorous. They are high in antioxidants.
Cut up the pears before feeding them to your dog. Include the skin – this is where a lot of the nutrients are.
Keep an eye on your dog while he eats the pear. Watch out for choking
The only problem with feeding raspberries to your dog is that there will be less left for you. Generally, all berry fruits that humans eat are safe for dogs. Wolves have been observed foraging for wild berries. Raspberries are one of the sweetest of the berries. They are very high in antioxidants which can help in the prevention of heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.
They are a good source of C, K and B complex vitamins as well as manganese, copper, folic acid, iron and magnesium.
Raspberries contain xylitol which is a natural sweetener often used as a sugar substitute in manufactured foods. It is harmless for humans but can be toxic for dogs. Just to be on the safe side, feed raspberries to your dog in moderation.
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Most dogs love apples and the good news is that this highly nutritious fruit can be safely fed to them. Remove the seeds, stem and core. These are a choking hazard and the seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide.
Too many apples can cause diarrhea and tummy upsets in dogs (Just like in people)
They are best served as a treat rather than as a regular part of the diet.
Apples are very nutritious, low in calories and are an all round good choice for dogs.
They contain fiber, vitamin C, phosphorous and calcium.
Dogs can eat watermelons and they make a great frozen treat on a hot day. Don’t feed the rind or seeds. As with all fruits, feed watermelon in moderation.
Watermelon in mostly water so they are thirst quenching.
Watermelons contain no fat, they are low in calories and contain vitamins A,B6 and C as well as calcium.
All in all, they are a brilliant treat for a hot day.
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Bananas can be fed to dogs in moderation. Many dogs love them but feeding too much can cause constipation.
They are a good source of vitamins B6 and C and contain potassium, manganese, biotin and copper. They are low in sodium and cholesterol. However, they are high in sugar, which means they should not be a regular part of your dog’s diet. Only use them for treats.
They are relatively difficult for a dog to digest. And should not be fed in large pieces.
Dogs can eat cantaloupe. They are rich in antioxidants and are a good source of vitamins A, B6 and C. They contain niacin, folate and potassium.
They are high in water and dietary fiber and this combination means they are great for healthy digestion. They help prevent constipation and dehydration.
The seeds are safe for dogs to eat but can be a choking hazard.
Avoid feeding the rinds. They are difficult for dogs to digest and can lead to gastrointestinal upsets.
Cranberries and dried cranberries can both be fed to dogs. If you give your dog dried cranberries, make sure that they are not mixed with any other dried fruits. Raisins could be in the mix and they are dangerous for dogs. Avoid prepared cranberry products. these could contain high levels of sugar, alcohol or other ingredients which are unsafe for dogs.
Oranges are non-toxic for dogs and can be safely given to them. Bear in mind that oranges have a higher sugar content than other fruits, so moderation is the key.
Avoid feeding the skin. This can become lodged in the dog’s digestive tract and the only cure is surgery.
Oranges contain almost no fat and are a source of vitamin A, C, D and B6 as well as potassium and magnesium and calcium.
The contain almost zero fat, no sodium and no cholestrol.
Not all dogs like oranges, but if yours does, feed them as a treat rather than a regular part of his diet.
Pineapple can be given to your dog in moderation in raw or frozen form.
Use as a treat. Pineapple is high in fiber and sugar, so while it is great in small quantities, too much can pose a problem for your dog’s digestive system.
Pineapples are packed full of nutrients. They contain vitamins A, B6 and C. They are also good for potassium and magnesium
They contain tiny amounts of fat and sodium.
Raw strawberries are great for your dog. Avoid canned strawberries which can be high in sugar.
One of the benefits of giving fruit as a treat is that they often replace manufactured treats which are often much higher in calories. Cut strawberries in to smaller pieces to avoid choking. You can mash them and add them to your dog’s normal diet.
Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, manganese and folate. They also contain iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin B6, vitamin K and Vitamin E.
Dogs can safely eat the flesh of apricots.
However, just as with apples and pears, the seed of apricots contain trace amounts of cyanide.
They are very high in vitamins C and A and also contain B6. They are a source of calcium and magnesium. They contain dietary fiber.
Dogs can eat blueberries. They are a nutritional powerhouse. They are a good source of vitamins C, B6 and A.
They are high in dietary fiber and for this reason should be fed in moderation.
They can be fed raw or frozen. Frozen blueberries make a crunchy treat which dogs love.
Some commercial dog food formulas contain blueberries
A wide variety of fruits can be safely given to your dog. Mostly they should be used as treats. Use in moderation and limit the total amount to between 5% and 10% of your dogs diet.
Remember, a dog's digestive system is different to ours. Just because we can eat something, doesn't mean they can,