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Your dog is your loyal companion. Having a pet is one of the greatest joys in life, and you want to ensure you’re doing the best job possible in caring for your furry friend. Since your dog is domesticated, that means that they rely on you for shelter, safety, and sustenance. If you didn’t feed your dog, they wouldn’t eat! This means that you have the responsibility to provide for them and ensure that whatever you’re giving them is of the best nutritional quality and the utmost in safety.
You’ve probably already chosen a brand and type of dog food to give your pet each day. If you checked with your vet to confirm that this was the best kind for your dog’s size, breed, and lifestyle, then kudos to you! However, you might be wondering about supplemental food and treats. After all, it’s a rare dog that doesn’t ever have anything to eat besides its morning and/or evening kibble.
One of the foods that many owners choose to give their dogs as a sweet treat is fruit. Fruit is low in calories, which helps prevent weight gain from salt and empty calories. It’s full of natural sugar, which gives a burst of energy but doesn’t elevate a dog’s blood sugar too much (in most cases). Fruit is also full of myriad vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that help your pet stay healthy. So, what’s to think about?
Well, some fruits just aren’t safe for dogs. In particular, grapes and raisins are a hard no. Others, such as grapefruits, contain irritable enzymes that can make your dog uncomfortable. Certain types of fruit contain flesh that is perfectly safe but has stone pits that contain toxic compounds (these include peaches, nectarines, plums, and cherries).
What about dragon fruit? Is dragon fruit something dogs can have? Luckily for the tropical fruit lover, the answer here is yes! Dragon fruit contains beneficial antioxidants and other vitamins and is an occasional healthy addition to your pooch’s chow.
One of the great things about dragon fruit is that the seeds don’t have to be removed before feeding them to your dog. The flesh is easy to chew, too, so you don’t have to do anything extra to it. However, the spiky skin is a choking hazard, so that should be carefully removed and thrown away securely.
This natural food is high in vitamin C, which helps support a healthy immune system and improves brain function. Did you know that there are many colors of dragon fruit? The yellow variety has the most vitamin C.
Dragon fruit is also high in fatty acids, which lead to a shiny, lustrous coat. It also has plenty of beta-carotene, which strengthens the visual system.
Although dragon fruit has natural sugar and is not processed, the amount of sugar is high compared to other fruits. So is the amount of fiber. Both are good in moderate quantities but can cause some stomach upset if an animal (or person!) eats too much.
When you’re offering your dog dragon fruit for the first time (or any new food, for that matter), monitor them closely. Offer the fruit in small pieces and watch for irritability, itchiness, or tummy troubles. Dogs can have allergies, just like people! Make sure to offer them plenty of freshwater and a place to relieve themselves easily. If you’d like to check with your vet before offering dragon fruit, that never hurts. They can also tell you what signs and symptoms are fine to pass at home and when you might need to bring Fido in for a check-up if there was an adverse reaction.
There are so many fruits that can add variety and nutrition to your dog’s diet. Let’s look at a few of them with some ideas on ways to safely feed them to your pup.
When you shop for fruit, you probably pick up and turn the pieces over in your hands, carefully selecting the most appetizing, eye-catching pieces. You also probably try to go for organic fruit when available because of the risk of pesticides.
When choosing fruit for your dog, it’s best to go organic, as well. Pesticides aren’t good for any animal, including canines! However, if that’s not available or not in your budget, don’t worry. Just wash and rinse the fruit well before offering it to Fido.
Now, you want fruit that’s appealing to your eye and palate. Your dog probably isn’t so choosy, however. They won’t care about what a piece of fruit looks like, and they’ll happily accept it if it’s a couple of days overripe. However, you should never give your dog fruit that’s begun to turn or has mold on it. Rotting fruit contains ethanol, which is harmful to dogs.
If you love dragon fruit, you’re probably very happy to know that you can share this delicious health food with your pup. Remember to offer it in moderation, since their main nutrition should always come from their regular food. Fruit of many types is an excellent choice as a treat or training tool since it’s healthier than store-bought treats and dog bones full of salt and preservatives. Choose fruit as a snack for both you and your dog, and enjoy healthy lives together!
Here at Spot Pet Insurance, we do our best to provide helpful dog info. We care deeply about your dog’s health and want to be with you every step of the way. For other helpful info about pets, check out our Spot Pet Insurance webpage! Here we provide you with educational materials that can help you with the best foods, toys, safety, and care tips for your dog. We also offer personalized pet insurance plan options to help keep your dog protected in case of unexpected accidents and illnesses.
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