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Fruit Dogs Can and Can’t Eat

It isn’t unusual to want to spoil your dog by sharing table scraps or your favourite snack. If it is safe for us to eat, it’s got to be okay for them to eat, right? Well, not always. While many human foods are perfectly safe for dogs, some are extremely unhealthy and certainly dangerous, so it’s crucial to learn which fruits and vegetable dogs can and can’t eat. Dogs digest things differently to us humans, so consuming the wrong foods can lead to long term health issues and, in some extreme cases, even death. In this article, we look at which fruits and vegetables are okay for sharing in moderation and which should be avoided altogether.

Apples

Yesdogs can eat apples. Apples are an exceptional source of vitamins A and C, as well as fibre both of which are great for your dog. Apples are low in protein and fat, making them the ideal snack for senior or overweight dogs. Just remember to remove the seeds and core before feeding. You can also freeze them for use as a cooling treat in the warmer weather.

Avocado 

Nodogs should not eat avocado. The avocado pit, skin, and leaves contain persin, a toxin that often causes vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs. The inside of avocados do not contain as much persin as the rest of the plant, but it is still too much for dogs digestive systems to handle.

Bananas

Yesdogs can eat bananas. Bananas should always be fed in moderation, they are a fantastic low-calorie treat for dogs. They’re high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fibre, and copper. They are low in cholesterol and sodium, but due to their high sugar content, bananas should be given as a treat and not part of your dog’s main diet.

Blueberries

Yesdogs can eat blueberries. Blueberries are known as a superfood, they are rich in antioxidants, which prevent cell damage in humans and dogs alike. They’re also loaded with fibre and phytochemicals.

Cherries

Nodogs should not eat cherries. Except for the fleshy part around the seed, cherry plants contain cyanide which is toxic to dogs. Cyanide disrupts cellular oxygen transport, this basically means that your dog’s blood cells can not get enough oxygen. If your dog eats cherries, lookout for dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, and red gums, as these may be signs of cyanide poisoning. Always contact your vet for medical assistance if you feel it is required. 

Cranberries

Yescranberries are safe for dogs to eat. Cranberries and dried cranberries are safe to feed to dogs in small quantities. Whether your dog will like this tart treat is a whole different question. Although they are safe, moderation is important when feeding cranberries to dogs, similarly to any treat, too many cranberries can lead to an upset stomach.

Cucumbers

Yesdogs can eat cucumbers. Cucumbers are exceptionally good for overweight or senior dogs, as they hold little to no carbohydrates, fats, or oils and they have even been shown to boost energy levels in dogs. They’re packed with vitamins K, C, and B1, as well as potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin.

Grapes

Nodogs should never eat grapes. Grapes and raisins (dried grapes) have proven to be extremely toxic to dogs no matter the dog’s breed, sex, or age. In fact, grapes are so toxic to dogs that they can lead to acute sudden kidney failure. Always keep this dangerous fruit out of reach of dogs and contact your vet for advice if your dog eats any.

Mango

Yesdogs can eat mangoes. Manges are packed with four different vitamins, these are; A, B6, C, and E. They also contain potassium, beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Always remember, similarly to most fruits, you should remove the hard pit first, as this contains small amounts of cyanide and it can become a choking hazard. Mango is also high in sugar, so only use it as an occasional treat.

Oranges

Yesdogs can eat oranges. Oranges are safe for dogs to eat according to veterinarians. Oranges are an exceptional source of vitamin C, potassium, and fibre, and in small quantities, the juicy flesh of an orange can be a tasty treat for your dog. However, vets do recommend tossing the peel and only feeding your dog the flesh of the orange, remember to remove all of the seeds before feeding. Orange peel is rough on a dog’s digestive system, and the oils may make your dog really turn up their sensitive nose.

Peaches  

Yespeaches are safe for dogs to eat. Small amounts of cut-up fresh or frozen peaches are an excellent source of vitamin A and fibre, and can even help fight infections, but similarly to cherries, the pit contains cyanide. As long as you completely cut around the pit first, fresh peaches can be a great treat. Always avoid canned peaches, as these will usually contain large amounts of sugary syrups.

Pears

Yesdogs can eat pears. Pears are an excellent snack as they’re high in copper, vitamins C and K, and fibre. Just remember to cut pears into bite size chunks and always remove the pit and seeds first, as the seeds contain traces of cyanide. Always avoid canned pears as these will usually contain large amounts of sugary syrups.

Pineapple

Yespineapple is safe for dogs to eat. A few chunks of pineapple is a lovely treat for dogs, as long as the prickly outside peel and crown are completely removed beforehand. This tropical fruit is full of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. It also contains bromelain, this is an enzyme that has been shown to make it easier for dogs to absorb proteins.

Raspberries 

Yesdogs can eat raspberries. Raspberries are okay when fed in moderation. They actually contain antioxidants that are brilliant for dogs. They are low in sugar and calories, however, they are high in fibre, manganese, and vitamin C. Raspberries are especially good for senior dogs, this is because they contain anti-inflammatory properties, which can help ageing joints. Nevertheless, they do contain small amounts of xylitol, so limit your dog to less than a cup of raspberries at a time.

Strawberries

Yesdogs can eat strawberries. Strawberries are loaded with fibre and vitamin C. They have also been proven to contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth as they eat them. They do contain sugar, so make sure you only feed them in moderation.

Tomatoes 

Nodogs should avoid tomatoes. Tomatoes are generally considered safe for dogs to eat however, the green parts of the plant contain a toxic substance called solanine. Although a dog would need to eat a large amount of the tomato plant to suffer any adverse reaction, such as sickness, it’s usually wise to avoid tomatoes completely just to stay on the safe side.

Watermelon

Yesdogs can eat watermelon. It’s essential to remove the rind and all of the seeds prior to feeding, as these can cause intestinal blockages, however, watermelon flesh is otherwise safe for dogs to eat. It’s loaded with vitamin A, B-6, and C, as well as potassium. Watermelon is 92% water, so it’s a fabulous way to help keep your dog hydrated during summer, or hot days. 

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