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Top 10 Safe Fruits Dogs Can Eat

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10 Fruits Your Dog Can Eat

You already know that fruit is important for maintaining your health, but do you also know that fruit is also important for your dog? While dogs don’t need fruits and veggies to be at their best health, adding fresh fruit from time to time to your pup’s normal diet, with permission and instructions from your vet, can provide them with an added boost of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as some always-welcome extra hydration.

However, an important thing to remember when feeding dogs with fruit is that although many fruits are useful to dogs, not all of them are. In addition to checking out our list of the fruits that you shouldn’t feed your furry friend at the bottom of this page, you should also be sure to pay attention to how your dog responds to certain fruits. If you notice signs of an upset stomach or other discomforts, don’t feed them that type of fruit anymore—even if it’s otherwise safe for them.

Now that we’ve got that important disclaimer out of the way, Here are 10 of the best fruits to feed dogs.

Apples

dog eating apple

Eating an apple a day may not keep the vet away, but an apple that is sliced ​​or otherwise cut into small pieces can make an excellent food and bento. Just make sure not to feed any apple seeds to your dog, as they contain a small amount of cyanide and also pose a choking risk.

Benefits:

  • Help clean teeth and freshen breath.
  • Contain vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber, and there are also phytochemicals in the skin, which have been found to combat the growth of cancer cells.

Bananas

dog eating bananas

Bananas have a ton of health benefits for our furry friends. They are also inherently portable, making them a good snack to bring along for the two of you to share on long walks.

Benefits:

  • Bananas are good for your dog’s digestion, as well as their heart and muscles.
  • Contain high amounts of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.

Blackberries

dog eating Blackberries

It’s safe to share blackberries with your pooch, though use your best judgment in terms of cutting them up into smaller bites. Stick to sweeter blackberries instead of tart ones, which your dog may likely prefer.

Benefits:

  • Have antibacterial properties that support good oral health.
  • Contain vitamins C and K, manganese, and fiber.

Blueberries

dog eating Blueberries

Dogs tend to love blueberries, which are already perfectly sized as treats for mouths both big and small. In case you’re dealing with a tiny dog or a big blueberry though, or a large blueberry, cut it in half before you give it to your pet.

Benefits:       

  • A low sugar profile makes blueberries a good treat for diabetic dogs.
  • Contain vitamins C and K, as well as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and antioxidants.

Cantaloupe

dog eating Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is a safe and healthy fruit for your dog to enjoy, but avoid feeding the rind, since the rough texture can cause intestinal damage.

Benefits:

  • High doses of beta-carotene, which is good for your dog’s vision and immune system.
  • Contains vitamins A, B-6, and C, as well as fiber, potassium, folate, and niacin.

Cranberries

Cranberries

Thanksgiving isn’t the only reason to stock these sweet treats in your home. Cranberries can be fed to your dog raw, cooked, or dried, but skip the sugar-laden cranberry sauce (sorry, Fido).

Benefits:

  • Great for bladder health, gum health, and immune health.
  • Contain vitamins C and E, as well as a range of B vitamins, including thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and B-6.

Papaya

Papaya

Go ahead and feed papaya to your pup. As long as you do not feed your pet the skin or seeds, the pulp of this exotic fruit is an excellent snack.

Benefits:

  • Aid in everything from heart health and immune health to eye health and digestion.
  • Contain vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as folate, fiber, calcium, and potassium.

Raspberries

dog eating Raspberries

When consumed in moderation, raspberries serve as a delicious treat for you dog. And most dogs seem to like them, especially when they’re at their peak sweetness in summer.

Benefits:

  • Thought to help fight against cancer, circulatory disease, and age-related decline.
  • Contain vitamin C, folic acid, copper, magnesium, fiber, and antioxidants.

Strawberries

dog eating Strawberries

Like most other berries, strawberries are chock-full of antioxidants. To feed your pet safely, make sure to slice off the leaves at the top first and then quarter the strawberry. If your dog is small, cut each quarter into smaller pieces or half.

Benefits:

  • Provide a big boost to the health of the immune system, help regulate blood sugar, and act as a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • Contain vitamins C, B-6, K, and E, as well as folate, potassium, and manganese.

Watermelon

dog eating Watermelon

Nothing is quite as satisfying on a hot day as a juicy slice of watermelon, and our dogs agree. Just don’t feed the peels or seeds that are difficult for dogs to digest.

Benefits:

  • High in lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against cell damage.
  • Contain vitamins A, B-6, and C, as well as thiamin, which helps convert fat, protein, and carbohydrates into energy.
  • Incredibly hydrating thanks to a high water content.

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