18 May What Fruits are Good for Your Dog?
Fruits are one of nature’s powerhouses. Packing a host of vital vitamins and essential minerals as well as being absolutely delicious in their own right, eating a selection of fruits every day brings a host of nutrition benefits, helps avoid deficiencies, and reduces the risk of disease. Not to mention they’re absolutely brilliant treats to snack on.
However, not everything that’s safe for you is safe for your dog. Our furry friends have different dietary requirements than ours, and while they show great enthusiasm in eating and will eat almost anything, the reality is not everything your dog sinks their teeth into is good for their health.
It’s not uncommon for a pet owner to feed their dog leftover scraps of food. But your pet cannot express to you when they have ingested something that’s harmful for them, so it’s the owner’s responsibility to make sure that their companion only eats what’s good for them. You may be wondering then, is it even healthy for my dog to eat fruits? Aren’t dog’s carnivores? The answer to that is yes, and yes. Dogs are omnivores, and a balanced diet for them includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, meat, and grains.
Fruits Safe for Your Dog to Eat
So, yes, your dog can eat fruits. The next thought on your mind may be, how do I know what fruits are good for my dog? What fruits are going to boost their health, and which ones are detrimental to it? What precautions should you take before serving certain fruits, and which ones to avoid altogether?
Fruits that are safe for your dog:
- Apples: Good source of vitamin A and C. Remove the seeds and core before serving.
- Oranges: Good source of vitamin C and fibre. Remove the flesh and try to remove the seeds before serving.
- Cucumbers: Good source of vitamin C and K. Low sugar and calorie count.
- Peaches: Remove the pit before serving.
- Watermelon: Remove the seeds before serving.
- Mangoes: Good source of vitamins A, C, and E, but also high on sugar. Serve sparingly.
- Banana: High in potassium and vitamins, but also high in sugar content. Serve as a treat.
Fruits to Avoid at All Costs for Your Dog
- Grapes/Raisins: This fruit may be commonplace in households, but even a small amount can be extremely fatal to your dog. Make sure to store them well out of reach of your dog.
- Cherries: The cherry plant and its seeds contain cyanide, and should not be fed to your dog. While they can eat the fruit around the seed, it is better to avoid it completely.
- Tomatoes: while the ripe fruit is not toxic to dogs, the green stem can upset their stomach. Best to simply avoid it.
- Potatoes (Raw): Similar to tomato stems, raw potatoes have solanine, which upsets a dog’s stomach.
- Avocados: The pit, skin, and leaves of the avocado fruit contain Persin, which is a toxin that causes diarrhea and vomiting.
If you suspect your dog has ingested something they shouldn’t have, look out for the following symptoms:
- Low energy levels/fatigue
- Change in normal posture
If you observe any of these symptoms or are unsure about what to do, immediately get in touch with a vet, as your dog may be in need of serious care. Keep these foods off the shelves or tables where your dog might reach them, and make sure you follow precautions when you do serve your dog fruits. While some fruits are good for your dog and bring health benefits, some are bad for their health and it is up to the owner to make sure that your dog is eating correctly.