Human’s love fruits since they offer us with a lot of nutritional benefits. Just like humans, our dogs too can enjoy the same health benefits that fruits provide us. Therefore, you can add fruits and vegetables to your dog’s diet to rev up your canine friend’s diet. But is it safe to feed dogs all types of fruits? Can dogs eat bananas? Let’s find out.
While many fruits and vegetables are considered safe for dogs, there are some that are unhealthy and dangerous to them. This is because digestion in dogs is different from that in humans hence they can have long-term health problems if they eat wrong foods.
Furthermore, dogs are natural carnivores and have no need for fruits and vegetables, but giving them an occasional fruit as part of their diet is okay.
Bananas are one of the tastiest fruits for humans. But are these yummy yellow fruits safe for our dogs? Well, the answer is yes. We can give our dogs bananas. However, dogs should be given bananas in moderation.
According to Dr Kerri Marshall, a chief veterinary officer at Trupanion Pet Insurance, bananas are safe to our dogs. However, excess consumption of bananas by our dogs can lead to constipation. You are also advised that when feeding your dog bananas, you should never feed him a banana peel. This is because banana peels are difficult to digest hence can lead to blockage of the digestive system.
Bananas will offer your dog with a lot of health benefits because:
When feeding your dog on bananas, you should also ensure that you do not give him whole bananas. You should, therefore, cut the bananas into small pieces that your dog can chew so that he is not choked.
Experts also recommend that you be on the lookout for allergies and weight changes when you have incorporated bananas into your dog’s diet. This is because some dogs are allergic to bananas. If you notice that your dog is allergic to bananas or that he does not like eating bananas, then you will need to stop feeding them bananas.
Oranges are very important fruits to human beings since they are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and fiber. As a result, many dog owners may wonder if it is safe to feed their dog’s oranges.
According to vets, oranges are safe for dogs to eat. Oranges are packed with a lot of nutrients and natural sugars. This makes them a healthy snack for your dog if given in small quantities. Natural sugars are safe for your dog when they are fed with fiber.That is according to Dr Stephanie Liff, a vet at Brooklyn Veterinary Hospital in New York.
However, if your dog is obese, then oranges can be a poor choice for him. This is due to the natural sugars present in oranges. In some dogs, feeding them oranges may also lead to digestive upset. As a result, you are advised to start out with feeding small pieces of oranges to your dog. This will allow you to notice any unusual stomach reactions from your dog.
Vets also recommend that you should only feed your dog peeled oranges. This is because although the orange peels are non-toxic, they can be rough on the digestive tract, causing stomach discomfort to your dog.
When it comes to the amount of oranges you can feed your dog, vets recommend that for smaller dogs, you can give them 1/3 of an orange per day while for larger dogs; you can feed them an entire orange per day.
You might also wonder if pickles are an appropriate treat for your dog. Pickles come in several varieties as some are spicy while others are sweet. Since pickles are made from cucumbers, and cucumbers are good for consumption by dogs, then does it mean that it is safe to feed your dog pickles?
Pickles are made from cucumbers that are soaked in salty water along with vinegar and other spices. This means that pickles contain high contents of sodium and other spices which may be harmful to your dog.
There are also other pickled cucumber varieties as some are unsalted, unspiced and unsweetened. So, when it comes to whether it is safe to feed your dog pickles or not, the perfect answer is that “it depends” on how the pickles have been prepared.
The best pickles to feed your dog are sweet pickles that are unspiced and are low in sodium. This is because high contents of sodium can lead to serious health issues and may even result in death.
Due to a lot of care that you need to take before you feed your dog some pickles, I would just advise you to avoid giving him any pickles at all. This is because your dog does not even need to be eating any amount of pickles at all.
Your family may be fond of eating peppers, especially bell peppers, so you may wonder if your dog can have some while you are chopping them. Bell papers are one of the most popular vegetables in our kitchens. This is because they are very tasty, but are they safe for our dogs?
The answer is yes. Green peppers are safe for your dog. However, vets recommend that you should let your dog enjoy this crunchy treat in moderation. Green peppers are rich in vitamin C which will help to improve your dog’s immunity system. They also contain high quantities of beta carotene. Beta carotene is a vital substance that will help to protect your dog’s eyesight and also prevent certain kinds of cancer.
The best way to feed your dog green bell peppers is to puree them and mix with your dog’s food. This is because most dogs find it difficult to chew raw peppers because of their tough outer skin. However, it is important that when you are feeding peppers to your dog, you should do it in moderation.
Your dog’s digestive tract was designed to digest meat, so the amount of vegetables in your dog’s diet should be balanced.
It might be confusing trying to figure out fruits and vegetables that are safe for your dog and the ones that are not. So, you may wonder, can dogs eat strawberries? Yes, they can. Your pup can also join you in enjoying some fresh strawberries.
Just like other fruits, strawberries too are packed with vitamins and minerals that will be healthy for your dog. The safest way you can give your dog strawberries is by cutting them into small pieces. This will facilitate easier digestion and will also protect your dog from choking. You can also puree the berries and add them to your dog’s food, especially if you have a small dog.
Expert vets recommend that when you are introducing berries to your dog’s diet, you should start with small quantities. This will allow you to watch for any changes in your dog’s behavior to see if he has any digestive issues as a result of eating strawberries. In case you notice any digestive issues associated with your dog eating strawberries, you should stop giving strawberries immediately.
Vets also recommend that you should avoid feeding your dog canned strawberries as they may contain other nutrients and spices that may be harmful to your dog.
Blueberries are packed with a lot of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibers. No wonder we humans love blueberries. But can dogs eat them too?
According to veterinarians and canine nutritionists, blueberries are safe for consumption by dogs. So the next time you are enjoying some, you might need to consider letting your dogs enjoy some too. Since blueberries contain antioxidants, it will help to strengthen your dog’s immune system since the antioxidant will fight free radicals that cause cellular damages. Vitamin C will also help to boost the immunity of your dog.
However, you should not consider the blueberries as a daily supplement to your dog since the blueberries should only be given as an occasional treat. Giving your dog too many blueberries may cause him to develop gastric upset and diarrhea. Vets also recommend that you avoid giving your dog blueberries if he has any history of digestive problems.
Since blueberries are small in size, you won’t need to cut them up. So, it is safe to give them to your dog when they are raw. You can as well give them to your dog when they are frozen.
Yes! Your canine friend can also enjoy this delicious tropical fruit. Mangoes are completely healthy and safe for your dog to eat. Mangoes contain tons of vitamins and minerals. The vitamins will help to boost your dog’s immunity hence protecting him from diseases. Vitamin A contained in mangoes will improve your dog’s eyesight. This will be beneficial to your dog especially if the eyesight is declining with age.
The high amounts of antioxidants packed in mangoes will also boost your dog’s ability to combat and prevent degenerative diseases, especially if your dog is older.
However, when feeding your dog mangoes, you should ensure that you only feed them flesh. Avoid giving him the pit since it can choke your dog. There are also some side-effects that you should be aware of before you start giving your pooch some mangoes.
Since mangoes contain a lot of fiber, too much of this fiber can lead to your dog having loose stool or diarrhea. Consequently, vets recommend that should you give mangoes to your dog, do it in moderation.
The mango seed has a high concentration of cyanide, which can lead to serious health problems if it builds up in your dog’s body if he continually eats the mango seed. You should, therefore, take out the mango seed before you feed your dog some mangoes.
This sweet and tangy tropical fruit is a favorite for many people. But can we feed some to your dog? The answer is yes. You can actually feed some to your dog. However, you should ensure that you only give the pineapple in small amounts to your dog.
Pineapples are packed with high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, folate, riboflavin, niacin, and thiamin. It also contains a lot of mineral salts which include copper, potassium, manganese, magnesium, iron and small quantities of zinc and calcium. This makes pineapples a healthy snack for your dog.
However, there are a few other things you need to consider when feeding pineapples to your dog. First of all, pineapples contain a significant amount of natural sugar. They are also high in fiber. As a result, feeding your dog pineapples in large amounts can have adverse effects on his health, especially on his digestive system. Excess sugar is undoubtedly bad for your dog if he is obese. It can also lead to diabetes.
Although a little fiber helps to prevent constipation, too much of it can cause diarrhea. Vets recommend that when introducing pineapples in your dog’s diet, you should start by giving it in small amounts so that you can closely monitor your dog for any effects on your dog’s digestive system or signs of irritation or allergy.
For your dog’s safety, ensure that you only feed him pineapple flesh. Never let your dog eat the tough central core of the pineapple since your dog can choke on it. You should also avoid feeding canned pineapples to your dog since they contain too much sugar that can be too hard for your dog’s digestive system to handle.
If you have a beautiful dog at home, I’m sure you might have wondered whether you can also let him have some coconuts. Well, you can. Coconuts contain a lot of nutrients that can have great health benefits to your dog if consumed.
The only safely edible parts that your dog should consume include the coconut flesh, the coconut water and the coconut oil. Your dog can easily digest the inner meat of coconuts. The flesh is loaded with lots of carbohydrates and proteins that will be useful to your dog’s nutritional health.
You can also let your dog have some of the coconut water. This water is rich in minerals like potassium and antioxidants, making it hugely nutritious for your dog. One good thing about the coconut water is that it is low in salt contents, sugar as well as calories. It is therefore safe for your dog to consume it without having you worry on whether it might interfere with his digestion.
The coconut oil is also another great byproduct that your dog can safely consume. The oil is loaded with medium-chain fatty acids which have great health benefits to your dog. However, one part of the coconut that you should totally keep away from your dog is the coconut shell. The shells are too hard and can cause damage to your dog’s teeth.
Raspberries are very fantastic fruits hence you might be curious whether it is safe to give them to your dog. It makes sense to feel the need to share them with your dog because they are very healthy and tasty. The good news is that yes, you can actually share some with your dog. However, you should only give your dog raspberries in moderation.
Raspberries are rich in antioxidants that can be great for your dog. This is because the antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties which will help to alleviate any joint pains. This is therefore good for your dog especially if your dog is a bit older.
Every fruit is best for your dog if it is given in its natural form. Raspberries are very easy to give to your dog since you don’t need to prepare them in any way. All you are simply required to do is to wash them and then give them to your dog. When it comes to how much raspberries your dog can eat, 2 to 3 pieces of raspberries at a time can do.
However, you should keep in mind that raspberries should only be given in their natural form. You should never give your dog chocolate-covered raspberries or cream-covered raspberries. Chocolate can be very toxic to your dog and in some cases, can cause death if consumed in large amounts.
Although human foods like grapes, onions or raisins are a no-no for dogs, blackberries are very safe for your dog to eat. Giving it as an occasional treat will be very good since there are several health benefits that your dog can enjoy from eating this delicious fruit.
Blackberries contain good amounts of antioxidants, omega-3 and fiber. The antioxidants will help to fight free radicals that usually cause cell damages. Fiber will help in digestion by preventing constipation. Omega-3 will help to keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy. Blackberries are also packed with a lot of minerals like manganese and vitamins like vitamin A, k and E.
Another good thing about blackberries is that they are relatively low in calories as compared to other fruits. As a result, it can easily become your dog’s favorite snack without you having to worry about too much sugar intake by your dog.
However, too many blackberries may cause digestive problems to your dog since it may cause stomach upsets. You should, therefore, feed your dog blackberries in small amounts at first to see whether it will cause any digestive problems. You can begin by serving two or three blackberries at first. You can then add more blackberries to his diet once you have established that he can tolerate them.
Watermelons are fruits that we love so much. They are loaded with vitamins, mineral salts and are also low in calories. But can your dog have some?
The answer to this question is yes. However, veterinary experts recommend that when feeding your dog watermelons, you should do it in moderation. This is because too much watermelon may not sit well with your dog’s digestive system as it may lead to diarrhea. You should, therefore, feed your dog a few slices every day.
Watermelons contain essential nutrients like vitamin A and C, Potassium, magnesium and beta-carotene. Watermelons are also good for hydration since they contain a lot of water.
You should also be sure to remove the melon seeds before feeding the fruit to your dog. Although the seeds don’t pose as many problems as compared to other fruit seeds, you should go ahead and remove them anyway. The seeds may be difficult to digest for your dog hence may cause a blockage in their digestive tract.
I’d like to admit. Peaches are my favorite fruit, and I know it’s a favorite fruit to most people too. So it pretty makes sense for you to feel the urge to share them with your dog like I once did. Well, the best news is that you can go ahead and share them with your dog.
However, this tender ripe fruit is only safe to your dog in limited quantities. Peaches contain lots of vitamins like vitamin A. They are also a great source of fiber. When feeding your dog peaches, ensure that you remove the peach stones. These stones if swallowed can lodge in your dog’s throat hence may cause choking.
I would personally like to emphasize to you that you should not buy any food or fruit that you are not sure is safe for dogs. Should you feel like feeding your dog something new, then you should first consult your vet. However, the fruits listed in this article are safe for consumption by dogs.
What you should keep in mind is that vegetables and fruits should only be given to dogs as supplements and not as their main food. Dogs are carnivores. Hence their digestive system is designed to digest meat, so fruits should just be given to supplement the nutrients that are not found in meat.
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