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Top 5 Fruits Your Dog Can Eat

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Top 5 Fruits Your Dog Can Eat

Adding new foods, like fruits, into your dog’s diet may cause digestive problems such as vomiting or diarrhea.

My advice:

1. You should introduce only one new fruit at a time.

2. You should wash all fruits and remove rinds, indigestible skins, seeds, and pits before feeding it to your dog.

Here are 5 fruits that your dog can eat…

maltese with oranges

1. Apple

  • Apple slices aid to clean deposits off dog’s teeth, which helps to fresh breath.
  • Apples are a good font of fiber as well as vitamin A and C.
  • Before give apple to your dog, core the apple because the seeds can be detrimental in large quantities.

2. Blueberries

  • Blueberries increase amounts of antioxidants in the blood, which play a part in fighting conditions like cancer and heart disease.
  • The best way to offer this fruit to your dog is washed and raw.
  • Alternatively you can give your dog frozen blueberries as a crispy treat.

3. Orange

  • Oranges are a good source of fiber, potassium, calcium, folic acid, iron, flavonoids, and vitamins A, C, B1 and B6.
  • Half of a segment is a proper size treat.
  • Remove the rind and seeds.

Read also: Can Dogs Eat Oranges?

4. Pear

  • Fresh pears are good sources of potassium, which is important in maintaining muscle contraction and nerve transmission.
  • Sliced pears are a suitable choice.
  • Just be positive you cut up the pear and that there are absolutely no seeds in the slices.
  • The seeds of a pear are extremely toxic to dogs.

5. Pineapple

  • In little amounts pineapple is good for your dog.
  • It is rich in fructose, fiber, vitamin and minerals.
  • Pineapple boosts your dog’s immune system and improves digestion.
  • This fruit contains bromelain, which is an enzyme that aids break protein.
  • By giving your dog pineapple you are increasing his capability to absorb protein.

Appropriate dog food and nutrition is crucial for your pup to live a healthy and long life. Fruits contain antioxidants that reduce the risk of cancer. They are also an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and fiber.

Also read:

  1. Can dogs eat fruit?
  2. Can dogs eat cherries?
  3. Can dogs eat grapefruit?
By | 2016-12-16T21:43:04+00:00 September 18th, 2014|Article, Nutrition|19 Comments

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.

19 Comments

  1. Linda Warnock April 29, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    my boxer is 8 yrs old and she loves instant grits for a late nite snack? Good or bad for her

    • Dora Mancha
      Dora Mancha April 30, 2015 at 11:24 am

      The main ingredient of instant grits is processed corn. Some dogs may have difficulty to digest this cereal and others can be allergic to it. However, the digestibility of corn increase dramatically with processing. When corn is properly prepared, it is easily digestible by dogs and provides a number of essential nutrients to a dog’s diet. If your dog tolerates well instant grits it not necessarily a bad idea offer him this snack.

  2. Brandi Benoit-Suire April 30, 2015 at 6:36 am

    They also love black berries! ♡

    • Dora Mancha
      Dora Mancha April 30, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Blackberries are a good snack. They provide a good source of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and omega 3. However, just like humans, too many blackberries may upset your dog’s stomach. How many you offer depends on your dog’s breed.

  3. Sharon May 1, 2015 at 1:38 am

    How about bananas? My Shi-Tzu loves them.

    • Dora Mancha
      Dora Mancha May 4, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Offering your dog a small amount of banana will provide him with a delicious treat and nutritional benefits. Bananas are rich in potassium, antioxidants and vitamin C.
      Potassium is a mineral that works from within the body’s cells to control enzyme function and preserve the health of nerves and muscles, including those of the heart. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. It adds a boost to your dog’s immune system, and plays a role in bone formation in growing puppies.
      Too much banana can cause loose stool in dogs, so be careful with the amount you feed. A little bit every day or a bigger piece once in a while is absolutely fine. I do not recommend that dogs eat whole bananas.

  4. Wendy May 4, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    My dogs loves carrots

    • Dora Mancha
      Dora Mancha May 4, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Dogs like to eat raw carrots. These vegetables are healthy. Chewing on carrots helps decrease a dog’s anxiety levels. Carrots have many health benefits. They can help to improve your dog vision, prevent cancer and clean your dog’s teeth and mouth.

  5. Lucu May 5, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    My dog (zina)was recently diagnosed with diabetes,can she eat all those fruits?

    • Dora Mancha
      Dora Mancha May 9, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Fruits and vegetables are excellent treats for your diabetic dog. Fruits need to be in moderation because of their starch content. Nevertheless, the fiber in fruit is good for a diabetic dog. It helps stabilize blood sugar. You can offer small portions of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pears and apples. Make sure to avoid raisins and grapes. Vegetables are also good choices because of their fiber content and lower caloric content. If you offer your dog carrots or broccoli, steam them first for better digestion. Other vegetables to consider are cabbage, lettuce, green beans, spinach and zucchini.
      You should read our article about diabetic dog’s nutrition at http://dogfoodselector.com/diabetic-dog/

  6. David Tyler June 9, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    can yo ever feed your dog grapes. Or raisins?

    • Dora Mancha
      Dora Mancha June 10, 2015 at 8:07 am

      It has been clearly documented that grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. Raisins are more toxic than grapes. The estimated toxic dose of grapes is 30.5 ounces of grapes per pound of body weight and for raisins it is 0.18 ounces per 0.48 pound of body weight. So far no toxic agent has been identified. Any exposure should be a cause for concern.

  7. Marsha June 10, 2015 at 10:17 am

    My dog is a small poodle and she loves watermelon. I only give her a tiny bit and I googled it before I gave it to her.

  8. Kendra Lear June 10, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    What about strawberries?

    • Dora Mancha
      Dora Mancha June 25, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Strawberries are packed with vitamins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients. They are perfectly safe in moderation for sharing with your best friend.Consider offering him half of a strawberry twice a day as a snack.

  9. Ome June 10, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    My little 2 pound 12 year old Chihuahua loves oatmeal with a little honey. Is this not a good thing? She also eats a lot of veggies, Carrots, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, and peas Good or bad?

    • Dora Mancha
      Dora Mancha June 25, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Oatmeal is a great source of soluble fiber, which can be beneficial to senior dogs with bowel conditions. Make sure to cook oatmeal before serving it to your dog. My advice is not to add any sugar or flavor additives to oatmeal. All the veggies and fruits that you named are good sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. But like for all kinds of food moderation is the key.

  10. Aurora Gutierrez September 22, 2015 at 2:45 am

    I have an 8 year old female Shih Tzu, her name is Hunny. She has lots of issues with her ears and very itchy skin to the point that she is raw. Her vet has given me meds for her, I even tried benadryl. They are not working. The vet said she could be allergic to her food. What should I look for in food that would be good for her skin? I sure hope you can help Hunny and I out, the scratching is driving us both crazy.

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