Is Fruit OK To Feed My Dog?

Is fruit ok to feed my dog?

That was my question as I was snacking on a bowl of blueberries. Pippin & Taco were giving me the “eye “ hoping they could score on having whatever I was eating. Especially Pippin. As her illness progressed she showed a high interest anytime she found me eating fruit. Some fruit appeared to be more desirable than others. Here is a list of 5 fruits we found that can be good for your dog with a few precautions to keep in mind.

 

 

Blueberries
A big favorite of Pippin they are a source of antioxidants, selenium, zinc and iron. They also provide a high source of vitamins C, A, E and B complex for your dog. 2 – 3 blueberries is the recommendation for a reasonable treat. Our dogs prefer them cold and we slice them in half so it seems to them they are getting more than they really are.

 

 

 

Apples
A fruit also rated high on Pippin’s preferences; the apple is a wonderful source of fiber, potassium and vitamins A and C .  A slice can assist in cleaning your dog’s teeth and keeping their breath fresh. Make sure you do not give your dog the seeds or core of this fruit as they contain arsenic. We slice our apple into small pieces and are careful just how much they eat so not to cause any diarrhea episodes.

 

 

Pears
Provide vitamins A, C, E, B1 and B2. They are an amazing source of fiber and folic acid. Again make sure no seeds are in the pieces given as they contain traces of cyanide. As with any of the fruits on this list moderation is important to prevent an upset tummy or diarrhea.

 

 

Melons
Great source of vitamins A, B complex and C. They also provide fiber, potassium and folic acid. The melon is high in water content and can be filling so it’s possible your dog’s poop will be softer than the usual. A couple of small chunks is more than enough for a treat. Of course make sure there’s no seeds as they could cause blockage in the intestines.

 

 

Pumpkins
We’re talking about the actual fruit not the pie filling in a can stuff. Pumpkins are a wonderful source of beta carotene, fiber and potassium. It is excellent for a dog’s digestive tract. The fruit can be served raw longs it is fresh. Pumpkin turns rancid quickly so it’s vital it’s as fresh as possible. It can also be given baked or in puree form. The amount given really depends on the size of the dog. A teaspoon added to their meal would be sufficient for a Chihuahua for instance but a Mastiff would benefit from a few more teaspoons to keep them regular or help with an upset stomach.

 

Keep in mind fruits are not considered a necessity for dogs. But if you like to give treats or table scraps they can be an healthy alternative. Fruit can be beneficial to your dog as it is for you. Since dogs digest fruit differently than us moderation would be the big key here.
Does your dog have a favorite fruit? Please share what kind in our comments section below!

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