We all know that fruit is good for you, but is fruit good for dogs? Like most things in life, the answer isn't that straightforward...
That's why we've taken the fuss out and made it simple. Here's our fuss free guide to what fruit dogs can eat.
When feeding your dog fruit, make sure you take the bits out you wouldn't eat yourself. The skin and pips are a source of cyanide which can be extremely dangerous for your dog (not that it will stop him/ her from attempting to eat it...)
What Fruits Can Dogs Eat?
Apples are packed with both vitamin A and Vitamin C... which, as well as sounding good, happen to be essential for maintaining healthy bones and tissue. If your dog is overweight or older, they will feel the benefits of the high fibre and low-fat content as this helps to speed up metabolism.
Always wash the apple beforehand to remove pesticides.
Apricots are full of potassium. Potassium is well known for helping to keep the kidneys in working order and for maintaining healthy blood pressure.
They’re also full of beta carotene. Beta carotene isn’t that well known but is really good at improving your dog’s growth, immune system and eyesight.
Bananas are great for humans, monkeys and as an occasional treat for dogs.
Source of B6 ✔
Source of Vitamin C ✔
(Helps the immune system)
Rich in Potassium ✔
(Encourages healthy growth)
High in fibre ✔
(Great for digestion)
Contain magnesium ✔
(Promotes bone growth)
Bananas also have:
High fibre content: Can lead to constipation if too many bananas are eaten in one sitting.
High in carbohydrate. Bad for the digestive system.
High in sugar. Can cause dental issues and weight gain.
Get all the good bits out of banana by slicing into bite-size chunks and giving your dog as an occasional treat.
Just like they are for us, blueberries are great for preventing cell and tissue damage in your dog.
They're small, so perfectly sized for dog training. They're also a good source of fibre and vitamin C.
Is your dog prone to urinary tract infections? Then blueberries can help reduce the frequency and extremity of this, for which we’re sure your dog will be grateful.
WARNING: Blueberries are extremely messy and dogs aren't exactly the most courteous of eaters... We recommend taking them outside so both your dog and interior furnishing remain winners...
Moderation is key. On the whole, cranberries are good for your dog as they are high in antioxidants and low in calories.
Improve bladder health
Reduce tartar and plaque buildup
However, firstly you'll want to make sure you're not feeding your dog too many cranberries as this can cause stomach upset and further problems. Avoid cranberry sauce, juice, jelly, and any other form which isn't just a regular cranberry.
First of all, avoid the canned versions. They have extremely high sugar content, and fresh is always best.
Do you want to up your dog’s intake of Vitamin A?
Vitamin A is an integral mineral to ensure healthy growth, immune function and cell function. Sounds important, right.
Step one: Cut into bite-size chunks
Step two: Feed to dog
Step three: Repeat 2 - 3 times
Low in sugar, yet high in fibre and vitamin C, raspberries make a great dog treat. Their anti-inflammatory properties make them great for older pets.
However, feed in moderation as they contain very small amounts of a naturally occurring sweetener called xylitol, which in large quantities can be extremely dangerous for dogs.
A great way to help your dog’s digestion and the immune system is with pineapple thanks to its abundance of vitamins and minerals. (Just remember to take off the spiky top beforehand.)
Fresh. Defrosted from frozen. Even pureed over food. Strawberries are great for healthy dog treats in small amounts.
Strawberries are packed full of antioxidants which are great for the immune system. They also contain properties which help to slow the ageing process.
With their 92% water content, watermelons are an ideal helping hand when it comes to keeping your dog hydrated.
It also contains vitamin A, C and B-6 as well as potassium which helps maintain healthy muscle and nerve function.
What Fruits Can’t Dogs EatGrapes and raisins are toxic for dogs and can be the cause of kidney damage.
Avoid citrus fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruits and persimmons.
The citric acid can cause stomach irritation and even cause damage to the central nervous system. Even small doses can result in an upset stomach so be safe steer clear altogether.
Fruits are a great way to add to your dog's balanced diet but should not be eaten as a whole diet as your dog will not be able to get all the nutrients they need. Get a healthy dog food subscription tailored especially to your dog's needs. Find out more here.