If you own a dog, chances are that you’ve seen him begging you to give him a bit of what you’re eating. Even if you’re eating a piece of fruit. You might think “what harm can it do?”. Before jumping into any conclusions, check out which are the 19 fruits that dogs can eat.
Fruits are great sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. All of these are great for our health. But what about our dog’s health? Are all fruits safe?
By the end of this post, you’ll know which tasty fruits you can share with your best bud and what to watch out for.
Apples a great source of vitamins such as A and C, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, phytonutrients, and flavonoids.
Vitamins A and C are essential for healthy bones and tissue. The high fiber content will help in maintaining a healthy digestive system.
Because they are low in protein and fat, they are the perfect snack for an older dog or a dog with a lower metabolism. These dogs can easily become overweight.
A great option is to freeze pieces of apple and give them to your dog. It’s an amazing and cooling treat for warm weather.
It’s very important that you remove the seeds as they contain traces of cyanide.
Cyanide can be toxic to dogs if ingested in big amounts. You’ll see across all fruits that the seeds and pits should be removed because of this.
Apricots are rich in potassium and beta-carotene. These nutrients are very important in preventing cancer.
But as we saw earlier, make sure you don’t give your dog the pit. Besides containing cyanide, the apricots’ pit has the perfect size to cause a blockage in your dog’s gut. This can become a serious health hazard.
Also, make sure your dog doesn’t eat the apricots’ stem or leaves as they can contain traces of cyanide.
Bananas are full of nutrients such as potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. Because it’s high in potassium, they can help your dog in having a stronger heart and more efficient kidneys.
Bananas are also very low in cholesterol and sodium but are very sweet.
They are a great low-calorie food for dogs. But, because of their high sugar and carbohydrate content, bananas should not be part of your dog’s main diet. They should only be given as treats.
As for the peel, the recommendation is that you don’t give it to your dog. It can be hard to digest and cause a blockage. They might even have toxins on the outer skin.
Blackberries are packed with nutrients and are an amazing source of antioxidants. They also contain polyphenols, tannin, fiber, manganese, folate, omega-3s, and vitamins such as A, C, E, and K.
Because they’re rich in antioxidants, blackberries are great to boost your dog’s immune system and give him a healthy skin.
Just make sure you don’t give him too many of them as they can cause diarrhea.
Blueberries are considered a superfood. This is because of their high contents in antioxidants. They are also rich in selenium, zinc, iron, fiber, phytochemicals, and vitamins A, B, C, and E.
The antioxidants in blueberries can help in preventing cell damage and cancer.
The vitamin C and fiber can also reduce the chances of your dog developing urinary infections. Surprisingly, it can also improve your dog’s night vision.
Just make sure that blueberries don’t account for more than 10% of your dog’s daily diet.
The cantaloupe melon is a great way to incorporate more vitamins such as A, B, and C in your dog’s diet. These are great for your dog’s digestive system and strengthen his immune system as well.
It also has high fiber content and nutrients. Nutrients like beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, niacin, pantothenic acid, and folic acid.
Although cantaloupes are low in calories, they are high in sugar. Because of that, they should be given to your dog in moderation. This is especially true if your dog has diabetes or is overweight.
Don’t forget to remove the seeds because of cyanide and the skin as it may contain bacteria.
Coconuts are an amazing source of natural anti-inflammatories. These are great for dogs with conditions such as arthritis, skin allergies, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Coconut meat is very caloric so if your dog is on a diet, you shouldn’t give it to him.
A major downside for coconut is the fact that its meat contains medium-chain fats. This type of fat can cause bloating and discomfort and isn’t safe for dogs with delicate stomachs.
The safest way to give your dog coconut is by giving him the coconut oil. That way, he can benefit from the anti-inflammatories and avoid medium-chain fats.
If you’re going to give him the coconut itself, make sure you feed your dog only the meat. Remove the husk as it’s very hard to digest.
Cranberries are full of fiber, manganese, vitamin C, and are a very acidic fruit. They are a natural urinary disinfectant so they’re highly recommended for dogs with urinary problems.
But, because they’re such a tart treat, it’s possible that your dog won’t enjoy it.
If your dog ends up enjoying it, avoid giving him too much of it as they can lead to an upset stomach.
Also, avoid cranberry sauce and juice and they’re too high in sugar and will also upset your dog’s stomach.
Honeydew melon is full of vitamin B and C, potassium, and has traces of copper and iron. The copper and iron are great for maintaining healthy red blood cells.
Because it’s sweet, you should avoid giving it to diabetic and overweight dogs.
Make sure you remove all the seeds and the peel. Don’t overfeed it to your dog as it may cause diarrhea when eaten in excess.
Kiwis are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. They also contain flavonoids and carotenoids. Flavonoids and carotenoids are great antioxidants. They help in the prevention of cancer and strengthen the immune system.
Kiwis also help in maintaining a healthy skin, blood circulation, and digestive system.
Make sure you don’t feed your dog the peel as it can be difficult to digest.
Mangoes are a great source of vitamins A, B6, C and E, potassium, and carotenoids.
They are also a very sweet fruit so – you know the drill already – give it occasionally to your dog or avoid it altogether if your dog is diabetic or overweight.
As always, remove the pit because it contains cyanide and the mango’s pit can cause a blockage in your dog’s throat. The outer skin can be hard to digest so I would recommend you remove it as well.
As we all know, oranges are packed with vitamin C. They also contain potassium, fiber, calcium, folic acid, iron, flavonoids, phytonutrients, and vitamins A, B1, and B6.
Oranges are a great and natural detox fruit to flush toxins from your dog’s body. But, some dogs may be turned away by the strong citrus smell.
Always remove the peel and seeds before feeding it to your dog.
Papayas contain vitamins A, C, E and K, folate, potassium, and calcium. All these help your dog maintain a healthy heart and immune system.
They are also rich in fiber and healthy enzymes that improve your dog’s digestive system.
Feed your dog small pieces without the skin or seeds.
Peaches are rich in vitamin A which can help your dog in fighting infections.
Frozen peaches make up for a great treat in the warm weather. Just make sure you remove the pit. Besides it containing cyanide, it’s the perfect size to get lodged anywhere in your dog’s digestive tract.
Only give your dog fresh peaches, never give him the canned or processed ones. Those have added sugar in them which will upset your dog’s stomach and cause diarrhea.
Pears are full of nutrients. Some of which are copper, fiber, folic acid, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, pectin, and vitamins A, C, B1 and B2, E, and K. While vitamin K helps in blood clotting, vitamin C strengthens the immune system. Together, they are an immunity wonder team!
Don’t forget to remove all the seeds. Make sure that pears are no more than 10% of your dog’s daily diet as more than that can cause an upset stomach.
Also, make sure you avoid canned pears and only feed your dog fresh ones. Canned pears have a lot of added sugar to it.
Pineapples are a great source of vitamins, folate and zinc. All these help your dog’s digestive and immune system.
The most interesting thing about pineapples is the fact that they contain bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme that helps break down meat and makes it easier to digest. This makes pineapples great for dogs with a weak digestive system.
Pineapples are also a very sweet fruit so feed it with moderation and in small sizes to prevent choking.
Make sure you remove the prickly skin and the crown.
Raspberries are low in sugar and calories. But they’re high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, manganese, copper, folic acid, iron and magnesium. They are also packed with antioxidants.
This fruit is especially important for senior dogs with arthritis. Their have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce joint inflammation.
But there’s a big downside to raspberries. They contain small amounts of xylitol which is a natural sweetener. It’s safe for humans but it can be dangerous for dogs. So limit your dog’s consumption of this fruit to less than a cup at a time.
Strawberries are packed with nutrients. Nutrients like potassium, phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium, iodine, folic acid, omega-3s, fiber and vitamins B1 and B6, C, E and K. All these nutrients help your dog’s immune system and slows down problems related to aging.
The interesting thing about strawberries is that they contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth.
Because they’re a sugary fruit, feed it to your dog with moderation.
But there’s a downside to strawberries. They contain a protein that can cause an allergic reaction in some dogs so make sure to test it in a small amount first. Allergy signs include lip swelling and irritated mouth.
We’ve all seen pictures of dogs eating watermelon at some point.
Watermelons are a great treat for dogs! Besides being low in calories, they contain vitamin A, B6 and C as well as potassium. All these maintain a healthy nerve function and strong muscles.
They are also 92% water so they’re a great way to keep your dog hydrated during the warm weather.
Make sure you remove the rind and seeds before feeding it to your dog. Besides the cyanide, too many seeds can cause a blockage in your dog’s digestive system.
As you can see, fruits are as healthy for dogs as they are for us!
Although dogs can eat fruit, beware that not all fruits are suited for dogs. Some nutrients in them can be toxic to dogs while they’re harmless for us.
As a general rule, you’ll want to remove all the seeds and pits because of cyanide. It’s also a good idea to remove the skin from fruits that have a harder one.
Eating a few seeds won’t be of any harm to your dog. But only if it’s in very small quantities. If your dog ingested a very big amount of seeds, a pit, or tougher skin from a fruit, make sure you keep an eye out for him. Take him to the vet as soon as you notice that he’s shocking or showing any signs of discomfort.
Also don’t overfeed sweet fruits, especially for diabetic and overweight dogs.
Don’t forget it’s also important to know which fruits dogs can’t eat.
Let me know in the comments which one is your dog’s favorite fruit!