Are you confused about what and what not to serve your paw-some housemate for breakfast, lunch and dinner? If yes, we have the ultimate list of diet do’s and don’ts.
A list of fruits that your dog CAN eat
A fantastic source of vitamins A and C, the Apple fruit can be consumed without the seeds. It is important to keep your pet away from the seeds or the core as it can be harmful as well as hard to digest. As a low in fat and protein fruit, Apples are deemed to be a great treat for dogs of all ages. And, if you’re looking for the perfect summer snack, you can freeze the Apples before serving them.
A fruit if consumed in moderation, Bananas are a tasty low-calorie treat for your good boy. It is high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber and copper. And, whilst it is low in cholesterol and sodium, it is high in sugar and so, ensure that this fruit is served in small quantities and infrequently.
If you have a good supply of Blackberries, you can give a few to your pooch. It is stuffed with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. It has healthy nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese, too. A suggestion to make them delightful for your pet is to serve them frozen and thus, crunchy.
A big yes to Blueberries as a dog fruit. It is a superfood with antioxidants that can help boost your pet dog’s health. It is also a great source of phytochemicals and fiber. And, it can be frozen for a cool snack on hot days.
A fruit loaded with nutrients, Cantaloupe is also an ideal source of fiber and water for dogs. It is low in calories, which makes it the perfect snack for your pet. But, due to high sources of sugar, it is recommended to restrict the consumption of this fruit, especially if your pet is diabetic or overweight.
A fruit with powerful benefits for your doggo, the Coconut can safely be eaten without the husk. Even the coconut oil is known for aiding in digestion, helping in prevent infections as well as improving the dog’s coat. As it contains lauric acid, it boosts the immune system while also helping in fight viruses. The albumin in the coconut can aid in the formation of red blog cells. It has the added advantage of being a mouth freshener for dogs with bad breath.
Some dogs would opt for staying away from the Cranberry fruit. They simply don’t savour the taste. It can still be consumed - whether in the fresh or dried form. But, remember that an excess of this fruit can cause your doggy to get an upset stomach and you (obviously) don’t want that.
Well, Mangoes are not only the king of fruits for humans, but also dogs. It is a sweet fruit, which makes it yummy, yummy and yummy. But, a word of caution – de-pit the fruit as it can be a choking hazard while also containing cyanide, which is poisonous for dogs. Also, the mango skin is difficult for your pet to digest, so it’s best to peel the skin off before serving it to them. As it has a high sugar content, it can cause weight gain or even diabetes if consumed regularly.
All fruits with pits can be toxic for your pet pupper, but they have their own benefits if served without the pit. So, the Nectarine is safe to consume if you leave the pit out. And, some of the benefits are inclusive of beta-carotene and vitamin A for the skin, teeth and bones; high-fiber for healthy digestion; potassium for health and well-being. It is recommended to monitor your dog when introducing him or her to a new fruit.
A dog can eat Oranges, but it is ideal to serve them without the peel. The peels can be hard for them to digest. A beneficial fruit, the Orange will provide your pet dog with vitamin C, potassium and fiber for digestion. It is best to limit the quantity being consumed so as to avoid undesirable reactions.
A Peach has high fiber content along with vitamin A. It is also a tasty fruit for dogs, but must be served pitless. Also, canned pitches are a simple NO-NO due to high sugar syrup content. It can be served in small-amounts and cut up for easy consumption by your pet pup.
It is important to serve all pitted fruits without the seeds or pits. And, pear is on the same list as they contain cyanide. Pears are a great snack as they contain copper, vitamins C and K, and fiber. It is suggested to serve this fruit in small pieces to avoid choking.
Just as the Pineapple fruit is served without the prickly outer skin for humans, it should be shaved for dogs as well. It has bromelain, an enzyme that helps in the absorption of protein in dogs. It will help in ensuring that your dog is receiving all the nutrients so he or she does not consume poop.
A dog can savour Raspberries in moderation. As this fruit contains small quantities of Xylitol, you should not serve more than one cup at a time. It is loaded with benefits such as low sugar/calories, high fiber, vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties to ease the pain and pressure on the joints. It is also full of antioxidants.
A favorite fruit for the winter season, Strawberries can be consumed by dogs in moderations. It is important not to overfeed this fruit to your pet due to its high sugar content. It has fiber for digestion, vitamin C and teeth whitening properties for dogs.
The Watermelon fruit can be eaten by dogs without seeds or rinds. It has been proven that watermelon rinds cause digestive problems in dogs. But, it is a great choice of fruit to keep your doggo hydrated on summer days.
A list of fruits that your dog CANNOT eat
It might be a healthy choice for humans, but if you’re wondering whether Avocados are safe for dogs, the answer is no. Avocados contain person, which is a toxin that can induce vomiting, diarrhea or even lack of stool production in your pet dog. And, the pit of the avocado can be a serious choking hazard as well.
A small fruit, the Cherry contains cyanide due to the proportion of its seed against the flesh. It is simply recommended not to serve your four-legged best friend this fruit instead of attempting to separate the flesh and the seed.
A fruit with essential oils and psoralens, the Grapefruit makes for a toxic food for dogs. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea and other digestive issues as well.
It might be a shocking fact for you, but grapes are highly toxic for dogs. And, raisins are included in this category. However, if your pooch does consume this fruit, it is important to call the closest vet to you.
A big No for the dog diet is the Lemon. The acidic nature of this fruit can upset your pet’s stomach while leading to vomiting or other problems. But, if you were to add lemon juice in small amounts to any treats, it is quite safe for dogs.
It is tough to extract the pit of the Plum, which is why it should be kept away from your pet dog. Just like fruits with pits, even Plums contain cyanide – a poisonous ingredient for dogs. And so, if you wish to play it safe, keep this fruit away.
Although the red flesh part of a ripe Tomato is fine for dogs, the green parts are toxic. It is best to avoid this fruit altogether when feeding your pet. It can cause loss of coordination, weakness in the muscles, tremors and even seizures.