Fruit is healthy, refreshing, and nutritious— for humans and dogs. If you’re looking for something to offer your pup that’ll get their tail wagging and is also good for them, fruit may be a great option. They’ll dig getting human food, and you’ll dig that it’s providing them with some awesome health benefits.
Some dogs go absolutely bananas for fruit. But, it’s extremely important that you know what fruits dogs can eat before you offer them. As you know, lots of people foods are toxic to our fur babies, so it’s good to do your research before introducing anything new to your pooch’s diet.
Here are 5 fruits that are good for pups:
Apples—Yes, dogs can eat apples. In fact, most dogs love them. Apples are a great source of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. Lots of dog treats and some dog foods have apples in them. But you can always slice one up and give it to your furry friend on its own, too.
Berries—People often ask if berries are okay for their dogs, and the answer is, yes! Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are loaded with fiber, magnesium, folic acid, omega-3s, vitamin C, antioxidants, zinc, and iron…to name a few. So let them eat berries! But don’t overdo it. 1-3 berries are enough for one treat depending on your dog’s size. (If you’re not sure how much is too much, ask your vet.)
Watermelon—Lots of dogs love watermelon and it’s perfect for a refreshing treat on a hot day. Watermelon has vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and water, all good things. You can also use watermelon juice to make delicious frozen treats for your pup, (think ice cube trays). Just make sure they don’t eat the seeds or rind.
Cantaloupe—These yummy melons are dog-safe, but like all other fruits, should be consumed in moderation. Cantaloupe is a great source of fiber, vitamin B6, folate, niacin, and vitamin C. Additionally, it doesn’t have a lot of calories like some other fruits do, making it a healthy treat that won’t cause weight gain.
Pumpkin—A doggy superfood, pumpkin is not only good for dogs, but it can also help with diarrhea and constipation. Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, potassium, carotenoids, and vitamin C. Here’s a great recipe for preparing raw pumpkin for your pooch. Oh, and one more thing, they can eat the seeds, too!
Good nutrition is a part of responsible pet parenting and the holistic health of your dog. Adding fruit to your doggy’s diet can be a fun way to introduce new flavors or if you’re thinking about a raw or fresh dog food diet, fruit is a great addition.