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What fruit is safe for dogs?

If you are anything like me, no matter what you are eating, your dog is right there next to you and seems to be interested in trying a bite. I am always hesitant to give my dog food that I am eating because I don’t want to be the reason that he ends up with a serious health concern. When it comes to fruit, I was not sure which fruits were ok for dogs and which are not. 

After doing some research, I found that most fruit is ok for dogs to eat. Because dogs are classified as omnivores, this means that they can eat meat and plants. However, just because dogs can eat fruit does not mean that they should. 

Most fruit is very high in sugar and therefore can give your dog more calories than is necessary for their diet. This can lead to obesity which can then lead to more severe health problems in your dog. My dog is not interested in fruit enough to eat that much. He usually tries a taste and then spits out whatever fruit it is once he realizes that it doesn’t taste like his more meaty treats. 

If your dog is interested in eating fruit, it will be important to limit the fruit intake and make sure that your dog is balancing calories eaten and expended. 

Can dogs eat bananas?

Bananas are a very common fruit that can be found in almost any grocery store. Bananas are a great snack for your dog when eaten in moderation. Bananas can provide lots of potassium to your dog’s diet. They also contain other healthy vitamins and minerals such as biotin, fiber, and copper. 

It is obviously important not to feed your dog too much of any one fruit due to the high sugar content that most fruits contain. Too much sugar can be dangerous in your dog’s diet for the same reason that too much sugar is bad for your diet. If your dog is eating too much sugar, your dog may be taking in more calories than they are burning which can lead to weight gain. Weight gain in dogs can lead to many health complications. 

Can dogs eat strawberries?

Strawberries are also packed with sugar however, they are safe for your dog to consume. Again, it is important that your dog eats sugar in moderation, especially if your dog is not getting frequent exercise. Strawberries can be beneficial to your dog because they provide fiber as well as vitamin C.

Another good reason to feed your dog a strawberry every now and then is that strawberries contain an enzyme called malic acid that can help to whiten their teeth. This is not a good substitute for proper oral hygiene for your dog, but it can keep your dog’s pearly whites looking white. 

Can dogs eat apples?

I once heard that apples can be poisonous for dogs. So I did some research and found that this is not entirely true. Apples can actually be really good for dogs. They contain high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C which can be beneficial for your dog. Apples are also very low in fat which makes them a good choice for dog treats. 

The reason why apples sometimes get a bad rap when feeding them to a dog is the seeds. Apple seeds contain a chemical called cyanide. The cyanide found in apple seeds can be toxic to your dog in large quantities. This means that you should make sure the seeds are removed from the apple before feeding apples to your dogs. 

Now, I don’t think that if your dog accidentally eats one apple seed it is much cause for concern. It has been said that a small do would need to eat over 1,000 apple seeds before the cyanide reaches toxic levels. So don’t freak out if your dog has eaten a seed or two. Just don’t let your dog eat the whole bushel of apples.  

Can dogs eat grapes?

Your dog should not eat grapes. Although most fruits are harmless for your dog to eat, it should not eat grapes. Grapes can cause acute kidney failure in dogs which can lead to death. If your dog has accidentally eaten a grape or a raisin, call your vet immediately and follow their instructions.

It is not clear why grapes are so toxic to the kidneys in dogs. Some vets have said that it is the tartaric acid in grapes that can cause vomitting and excessive thirst. It can also cause acute renal failure which means the kidneys of your dog stop functioning. This is why grapes are so toxic to dogs. Never feed your dog grapes no matter how cute they may look at you with their puppy dog eyes while you are eating them. 

Can dogs eat blueberries?

Blueberries are considered a superfood that is very healthy for people.  This is also true for dogs. Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants which can help prevent cell damage which can lead to conditions such as cancer. Giving your dog blueberries can also help dogs get the fiber that they need in their diets.  Blueberries are another great alternative to feed to your dog  in place of unhealthy treats.

Can dogs eat pineapple?

Pineapple is another good source of vitamins and minerals and fiber in your dog’s diet. However, you should be sure to remove the outside layer which your dog will most likely not enjoy. Feeding your dog pineapple is a great way to give your dog a sweet treat without giving them highly processed sugar which can lead to excess calorie intake.  When your dog is eating more calories than it burns, your dog is likely to gain some weight which can lead to many serious health conditions for your dog.

Can dogs eat oranges?

Yes, dogs are able to safely eat oranges. Oranges are a good source of vitamin C for your dog. Oranges also contain fiber. Your dog may also be interested in eating the peel of the orange which is also a good source of fiber.  Some dogs do not like oranges and other  fruits with high citrus content.  As with many fruits on this list it is important to feed your dog fruit in moderation as part of a healthy diet.

Can dogs eat mango?

Mango is another healthy fruit that your dog can safely eat.  Mango is another great source of vitamins in your dog’s diet.  Mango flesh is very high in Several vitamins such as Vitamin B as well as vitamins A, C, K, & E. Your dog will most likely enjoy the fleshy texture of mango however, you should avoid feeding your dog the pit of a mango, as it can be a choking hazard. In my opinion, mango is not worth the effort to peel, but if you can get mango slices that are pre-peeled and have the pit removed, it is a great treat to gove to your dog.