Being a dog parent is a tough job. Dogs have different needs than humans. What is good for us is not necessarily a good option for them. There is a lot of confusion about what your dog can and cannot eat. If it can, then in what amount? Let’s take a look at some fruits, dogs can and cannot eat. The food options we are discussing today are blueberries, bananas, kiwis, pineapples, apples, peaches, strawberries, lemons, oranges, watermelon, grapes, avocados, and cherries.
Say yes to these-
Bananas- Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin C, and copper. These are a good source of carbohydrates, and the natural sweetness doesn’t harm dogs. Pet owners use bananas as a healthy treat to sometimes. About an inch of a piece is a suitable Treat for your dog.
Kiwis- Kiwis are fibrous and potassium-rich. All sour tasting fruits are full of vitamin C. So, if you want to satisfy the Vitamin C needs of your pet, a Kiwi is a good choice. A slice of kiwi is the suitable size of the treat. Fiber improves gut health, and as a fibrous fruit, kiwis are good for digestive health too.
Blueberries- Blueberries are full of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, B, and E. These are very healthy snacks for dogs. Blueberries also contain zinc and iron, which are good for the overall growth of your pet. Antioxidants are also said to prevent cancer, making blueberries even healthier.
Pineapples- Pineapples too are high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Plus they make a tasty snack.
Strawberry- we all love strawberries and this is something dogs agree upon too. Strawberries are a good source of fiber, potassium, magnesium, iodine, folic acid, omega-3 fats, vitamins C, K, B1, and B6. If you want to use strawberry as a treat, half a strawberry can be a go-to option.
Cranberries- The berry family has good connections with the dog’s health. Cranberries are very nutritious as they are rich in vitamin C, fiber, and manganese. Cranberries help balance acid-base in the dog’s body. If your dog suffers from urinary tract infection, cranberries are like a blessing for it. They are useful in curing urinary tract infection to a good extent.
To add cranberries in your dog’s diet, stew them by adding some cranberries and water in a pan, cook until they are tender. Filter it and you can add the cranberry stew to your dog’s food. Two tablespoons of stewed cranberries make a good serving size for your dog.
Raspberries- here comes another type of berry. Raspberries are like tiny balls of nutrition. They are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals like zinc, iron, manganese. The dietary fiber present in raspberries helps your dog in digestion and keep it healthy and happy. Two to three raspberries a day are sufficient for dogs.
Watermelon- I won’t believe it if you say that your dog does not love watermelon. Dogs are thrilled at the sight of watermelon. They are refreshing as well as healthy for dogs well also for humans but let’s stick to the furs for now. Watermelons are made up of 70% water making them the perfect snack for summers. The water content does not let your dog be dehydrated. They have ample vitamins and minerals too. But don’t let your dog eat the rind. Dogs can’t digest the rind and might vomit it.
Peaches- Peaches are a tasty treat too. But before feeding peaches to your pup, make sure to remove the pit first. If your dog eats up the pit, it can result in intestinal blockage. Be careful while offering seedy fruits to dogs.
Pumpkin- Pumpkins come with beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, zinc, iron, fiber, potassium, and Vitamin A. The list of the vitamins and minerals can prove how healthy a pumpkin treat is for the dogs. You can even feed pumpkin seeds to the dogs but not before roasting and grounding them. Also do not serve them salted. Pumpkin can be added to the dog’s diet in form of pumpkin puree. 1 to 3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree are a good addition to dog food.
Pumpkin is also a popular supplement for dogs if they suffer indigestion. The fiber element aids indigestion. Some people even make pumpkin treats like pumpkin pie dog size treats to make them more appealing, and dogs love it.
Say NO to these
Some fruits may be considered healthy for the human body, but they can be fatal for a dog. In addition to the fruits your dog is allergic to, never feed it the following fruits
Avocadoes- the healthy, tasty snack for you is very harmful to your canine. Avocadoes can cause gastrointestinal irritation in dogs, basically irritation in the intestines. You can only imagine how painful it must for your dog to eat an avocado.
Coconut- not all dangerous fruits are life-threatening in the case of dogs. Coconut is safe for some dogs. Your vet can help you understand if it is safe for your pup or not. Coconuts contain triglycerides that can cause bloating and discomfort. To avoid seeing your pets uncomfortable, it is better to not feed coconut to them. Some people opt for coconut oil. It is a safer way to incorporate coconut into dog food. Coconut oil acts as the lubricant of the body.
Grapes or raisins- Grapes are nearly poison for dogs. In many cases, grapes and raising have caused poisoning. A little carelessness can be extremely harmful to your pup.
It is a constant struggle to decide what is good, bad, and extremely bad for your fur baby. But that is what parenting is. The only thing you can do is keep yourself informed and take help from professionals whenever needed.