While dogs don’t need fruit to be at their healthiest, the addition of fresh fruits 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 extra hydration.
An important thing to remember, however, when it comes to feeding your dog fruit is that while many fruits are great for dogs, not all of them are. You should be sure to pay attention to how your dog responds to certain fruits.
Here are some fruits that your dog might enjoy:
Slices or otherwise small bits of apple make excellent treats and meal toppers. Just be sure not to feed your dog any apple seeds, since they contain small amounts of cyanide and also pose a choking risk.
Go ahead and feed papaya to your pup. The flesh of this exotic fruit makes an excellent snack, so long as you don’t feed the skin or seeds.
Like most other berries, strawberries are chock-full of antioxidants. For safe feeding, slice off the leaves at the top first and then quarter the strawberry. If your dog is small, cut each quarter in half (or smaller).
Watermelons can serve as a source of much-needed hydration to dogs, especially after a long day full of activity. Just don’t feed the rind or seeds, which are difficult for your dog to digest.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There are also fruits that you should never feed your dogs, because they can be toxic for the dog and lead to health complications or even death.
Some fruits that you should never feed your dog include Cherries, Grapefruit, Grapes, Lemons, Limes, Plums
Regardless of whether or not a fruit is endorsed by a vet, always watch your dogs reaction to fruits that they are eating for the first time. Feed only small amounts at first, and be on the lookout for signs of a bad reaction.
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