Have you ever thought about what you’re eating and wondered if you can feed your dog the same thing? Have you ever thought “Can dogs eat fruit?” Yes, dogs can eat fruit. They eat it in the wild, and they eat it at home. Dogs are omnivores, so they can eat almost anything.
Some Fruits Have Vitamins and Enzymes that are Good For Your Dog
Two nutrients present in most raw fruits—vitamin A as carotene and vitamin C—make fruit a valuable food for your dog. Enzymes present in raw fruit also make it an important part of your dog’s diet if he or she is past middle age and showing the beginnings of degenerative disease.
Examples of Healthy Fruits for Dogs
Apples and mangoes are healthy fruits your dog will love. You can serve them whole or pureed. Crunchy apples can be served fresh or dried. Feed the flesh and skin only; the seeds are toxic.
Melons are a good introductory fruit. Sneak a few small pieces to their daily ration, and they’ll be converted to lovers of the fruit in no time!
Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are good treats for dogs. Add fresh or frozen berries to your dog’s food. These fruits are rich in antioxidants, which slow down the aging process and protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease and other chronic degenerative conditions. They are also high in vitamin C.
Pumpkin is a good choice for dogs with loose stools. You can use canned or fresh pumpkin.
Bananas – Another great fruit for starting a fruit program because they are soft, sweet and easy to carry around if you want to hide them. Slice and freeze leftover bananas for a cool summer treat.
Oranges and grapefruit—great sources of vitamin C—can be mixed in with your dog’s meal. Tasty, nutritious, and a change from the norm!
Feeding Tips & Warnings About Your Dog Eating Fruit
According to the ASPCA, grapes and raisins can be toxic to some dogs. These fruits can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and kidney failure. Keep your dog’s intake of fruits to a minimum.
Excessive fruit consumption may cause diarrhea. So, if you’re asking yourself “Can dogs eat fruit?” Let your dog try the various fruits. Some dogs love tangy and sour flavors, while others prefer sweet and mild tastes. Don’t despair if you have a fruit-phobic dog; there are commercial dog foods that contain fruits too.
Article provided by Pet Scoop – Poop Pickup Service in Erie, CO.