There are some fruits that your dog can eat and there are others that are best avoided. Any dog pet owner knows that dogs love to eat the same food as people. Who hasn’t seen their dog waiting for a piece of food next to people while they are eating? The reality is that human food can sometimes harm your dog, so it is best to avoid some of them. However, there are some that can be consumed and this is the case of the fruits that we tell you about in this post.
Dogs are an important part of our families and we want the best for them. A good way to keep them healthy is to provide them with nutritious food. Many people wonder if it is safe to feed fruit to their dogs. The answer is yes, as long as the right foods are chosen.
Some fruits are safe for dogs in moderate amounts and as part of a balanced diet, while others should be avoided due to their sugar content, seeds or toxic compounds.
Fruits your dog can eat
Here is a list of fruits your dog can eat:
- Apples: Remove the seeds and core, and offer them apples in small pieces and without skin. They are a good source of fiber and vitamin C.
- Pears: As with apples, remove the seeds and core, and feed pears in small portions.
- Strawberries: Strawberries are safe for dogs and also contain vitamin C and antioxidants. Provides strawberries cut into small pieces.
- Bananas: Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamins. You can give small pieces of ripe banana as an occasional treat.
- Watermelon: Seedless and rindless, watermelon is refreshing and has a high water content. You can give small pieces.
- Blueberries: They are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. You can give a few blueberries as a reward.
- Mangoes: Without the large stone, the mango in small pieces can be enjoyed occasionally.
- Peaches and nectarines: Without the stone, these can be given in small portions.
Fruits to avoid
There are some types of fruits that your dog will not be able to digest properly. Some of them are the following:
- Grapes and raisins: They are very toxic to dogs and may cause kidney failure in some dogs.
- Cherries: The seeds and pits of cherries can be dangerous. Avoid giving them cherries.
- Citrus: The peel and pulp of citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes may cause stomach upset.
- Figs: May cause gastrointestinal problems.
- Avocado: Contains a substance called persin that can be toxic to dogs in large quantities.
- Fruits with large pits: Pits in fruits such as peaches, plums and cherries can be dangerous as they can cause obstruction or injury to the gastrointestinal tract.
- Canned fruits in syrup: Due to the high sugar content, it is best to avoid canned fruits in syrup.
- Exotic fruits: Some exotic fruits may be unfamiliar and potentially dangerous, so it is best to avoid them.
Remember that any fruit you give your dog will be in small amounts and as part of a balanced diet. Always observe how your dog reacts to a new fruit and consult your veterinarian if you have doubts about which fruits are safe for him.
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