10 Healthy Fruits For Dogs

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10 Healthy Fruits For Dogs

If you are looking for healthy options for your dog, here is an excellent list!

You should always keep in your mind that introducing new foods into your dog’s diet may cause digestive issues such as vomiting or diarrhea.

Be careful to present only one new fruit at a time to help you identify any health changes.

You should wash all fruits and remove rinds, indigestible skins, seeds, and pits before feeding to dogs.

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Check out this list of 10 fruits for dogs and their benefits to get you started.

1. Banana

It is a good source of potassium and carbohydrates. A piece of 1 inch is a good size treat.

Bananas are also a good source of vitamin C which may be helpful in preventing bladder infections.

Bananas can also aid in improving heart function and upholding normal blood pressure.

2. Mango

Peel the thick mango skin and remove the pit. Mango is full of antioxidant compounds that have been found to protect against cancers.

You can offer your dog mango slices.

This fruit also contains vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight.

Mango seeds contain cyanide, which is poisonous for dogs.

3. Strawberries

They are rich in vitamins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients.

Such as potassium and magnesium, as well as folic acid, fiber and omega-3 fats.

Strawberries are perfectly safe in moderation.

Consider offering your dog half of a strawberry one or twice a day.

4. Watermelon

It has natural sweet and fresh juice being a great summer treat.

Watermelon is low in calories and includes lots of nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins.

It contains 71% of water, thus eating watermelon is just like drinking water.

It can help your dog re-hydrates and cool on a hot summer day.

5. Blackberries

Blackberries are a good source of antioxidants, polyphenols, fiber, omega-3, minerals and vitamins.

Too many blackberries may upset your dog stomach.

Two or three blackberries is a good size treat for your dog.

6. Kiwis

They are an excellent source of fiber, potassium and are high in vitamin C.

Half a slice or one slice of kiwi is an appropriate size treat.

It’s important never to give your dog whole kiwis because they can get caught in his throat and block it.

7. Cranberries

The addition of cranberries to your dog’s diet can result in improvement of his urinary tract health.

These fruits are also rich in antioxidants and minerals as well as vitamins A, C, B1 and B2.

Two tablespoons of stewed cranberries extra to your dog’s food is good size portion.

Also read: Can Dogs Eat Cherries?

8. Cantaloupe

It contains vitamins A, C, B6, and beta carotene which is great for the ophthalmic health of your dog.

Cantaloupe is an easily digested and hypoallergenic fruit.

Make sure you do not feed the skin and seeds, just the fruit.

Clean the cantaloupe thoroughly before offering it to your dog.

Offering small amounts, as a little treat is best.

9. Raspberries

They are a source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, potassium, iron, magnesium and vitamins.

Two or three raspberries in your dog’s bowl is a good size treat.

Berries are very well known for their antioxidant properties, which means that they can protect cells against the effects of free radicals.

You can freeze the berries and give them to your dog.

10. Papaya

This fruit contains papain, an enzyme, which assists in the breakdown of proteins.

Thus papaya is considered as a digestive aid.

Papaya is an excellent source of carotenoids and potent antioxidants, and it also contains lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

These nutrients benefit eye health, blood vessel integrity and joint function.

You may offer it in a large piece since some dogs tend to swallow the food and small pieces of papaya can block your dog’s airway.

Final Recommendation

It is imperative that you remove the seeds and skin before giving the fruit to your dogs.

It is very important to avoid feeding your dog any type of seeds or pits.

Although not all seeds are acknowledged to cause problems, it is better to be safe than regretful.

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By | 2016-12-16T21:42:55+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|Article, Nutrition|Comments Off on 10 Healthy Fruits For Dogs

About the Author:

Dora Mancha

Hi! I’m Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 – 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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