Fruity Dogs

Fruits can be a healthy addition to a dog's diet but be mindful of which fruits are safe to consume and in what quantities...

Feeding your dog a balanced and nutritious diet is crucial for their health and well-being. While fruits can be a healthy addition to a dog's diet, it's critical to be mindful of which fruits are safe to consume and in what quantities.

Here's some information to help you understand how to incorporate fruit into your dog’s diet.

Many fruits are safe and even beneficial for dogs. They are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Some fruits that are generally considered safe for dogs include Apples, Bananas, Blueberries, Strawberries, Watermelons, Oranges, Peaches, Pineapple and Pears.

These fruits are low in calories and provide essential nutrients.

Safety First

Remove any seeds, pits and cores, as they can be a choking hazard or contain toxic substances. For example, apple seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide, which harms dogs (and humans just quietly!). However, a medium-sized dog would have to eat around 1,000 apple seeds to get to a deadly dose, so your dog isn't in immediate danger of cyanide poisoning if they gobble up a few seeds!

Some fruits, like grapes, raisins, avocado, tomatoes and cherries, are toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure so it's important to avoid feeding these to your furry friend.

Moderation is Key

While fruits can be a healthy addition to your dog's diet, include them in moderation. Too much fruit can upset their stomach or cause diarrhoea due to the natural sugars and high fibre content. It's best to introduce fruits gradually and monitor their response. Start with small pieces and observe any adverse reactions.

Unique Needs

Remember that every dog is unique. Some may have specific dietary requirements or health conditions. If your dog has any pre-existing health issues or if you're unsure about introducing fruits to their diet, it's always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian. They can provide guidance tailored to your dog's specific needs.

Fruits can be a healthy and tasty treat for dogs. Consulting with a vet is always wise to ensure you make the right decision for your furry companion.