What Fruits Are Safe For Your Dog To Eat
Before you give Fido some of that banana you’re eating ask yourself: what fruits are safe for your dog to eat. We’ve compiled a list of some of the fruit that your dog is allowed to have, but we can’t promise they’ll like all of them.
Why is fruit good for dogs?
Fruit typically contains two things across the board: fiber and low in calories. Both of these are great for your dogs health. Not to mention the numerous vitamins and minerals you’ll find in fruit. It also makes the perfect training treat and it’s something you might already have around the house.
What fruits can my dog have?
This list is not comprehensive and you should consult a veterinarian before giving your dog anything that you’re unsure of.
Apples provide an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as being a good source of fiber. Make sure to remove the seeds and core first before serving them to your dog. Yes, you can keep the peel on.
High in antioxidants, blueberries also bring fiber to the table as well. Small fruits like blueberries make for great training treats. If you’re worried about them getting too mushy consider popping them in the freezer for a few minutes to harden them up.
Bananas a great in moderation as they are a low-calorie treat. Bananas are high in vitamins C and B6 as well as potassium. Why the moderation? Bananas are high in sugar so they should only be used as a treat, not as a core part of your dogs diet. Unripe bananas will also bring more fiber due to their resistant starches than a ripe banana.
As with bananas cantaloupe should be given in moderation. While packed with vitamins, minerals, water, and fiber, cantaloupe is also high in sugar.
So far everything we’ve listed your dog will probably like. Cranberries are known for their tartness and may not be a hit with your dog. If you want the health benefits of cranberries and are not having any luck with getting your pup to eat fresh or dried cranberries, consider cranberry supplements.
Mango is an excellent snack for your dog. When the pit is removed mango provides a great source of vitamins: A, B6, C, and E. On this list, mango is one of the fruits higher in sugar and should only be given occasionally. If you find mango is a bit too mushy you can freeze slices or puree it. Pour the pureed mango into an ice cube mold and you’ll have a fun, frozen, snack for your pup.
Peeled oranges are perfectly okay for your dog to eat. Oranges add vitamin C, potassium, and fiber to your dogs diet. But don’t worry if your dog does not like oranges. The citrus smell turns many dogs off.
As with all pitted fruits we have discussed make sure to remove the pit. Peaches are a source of vitamin A and fiber. You can peel the skin off of a peach if you’d like but it’s not necessary before giving to your dog.
Pears can have the same issue as mangoes as they can be too soft. Look for a firmer pear when buying them or let them sit in the freezer for a few minutes before giving a slice to your dog. Make sure the pit and seeds are removed.
Pineapple is perfectly fine for your dog to eat. Make sure you peel your pineapple first. Pineapple is packed with vitamins C & B6 as well as iron and magnesium. Pineapple can be very sweet and should only be given in moderation.
Raspberries contain small amounts of xylitol. As such, your dogs raspberry consumption should be limited. But this does not mean that a single raspberry requires a vet trip. Raspberries are high in fiber, vitamins C, K, and B-Complex, potassium, manganese, and copper. If you’re worried about not being able to moderate how many raspberries to give to your dog it’s best to avoid them all together.
Strawberries are another alternative to blueberries or raspberries as training treats. One cup of strawberries is around 53 calories. Cut these in half or quarters and place them in the freezer and voilà! You now have a training treat that contains vitamin C & K, potassium, and phosphorous. Alternatively, you can easily find no sugar added freeze dried strawberries at the grocery store.
Before giving your dog watermelon, make sure the seeds and rind are removed first. Watermelon contains vitamins A, B6, and C along with potassium. Watermelon is mostly made up of water which makes it an excellent choice if you’re looking to add more hydration to your dogs diet.
Alternatives to Fresh
If it’s out of season or you’re finding a fruit hard to find there are some alternatives out there. Do consider buying no sugar added freeze-dried versions. Apples, bananas, mangoes, and strawberries all have relatively easy to find freeze-dried options. Don’t buy canned fruit. These fruits often are in high sugar content syrup. As some fruits, such as pineapple, are already high in sugar; adding additional sugar is not the best option.
Let us know what your dogs favorite fruit is @WetNosesPetSitting. We’d love to hear the creative ways you come up with to add fruit to your dogs diet.