What are the Benefits of Using Fruits as Dog Treats?

Fruits provide various health benefits for dogs. Fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals which other treats are not.

  1. Following are the benefits of fruit treats over other treats:
  2. Fruits are hydrating since they have high water content.
  3. FRUITS are rich in vitamin C which improves the immunity of the body.
  4. Fruits are rich in fiber and enzymes which improves digestion.
  5. Fruits are full of anti-oxidants with help in the aging process of dogs.

Fruits Dogs Can Eat: 

Apple :

Yes, Apple can be eaten by dogs. 

Benefits:

  1. Apples are high in fiber which helps in digestion.
  2. Rich in vitamin A and C
  3. Low fat fruit, can be given to overweight dogs.

Beware:

  1. Apple seeds should be removed before given to dogs. Apple seeds has cyanide content. 

Apricot:

Yes, Apricot can be eaten by dogs. 

Benefits:

  1. Rich in potassium and beta-carotene.
  2. Good to fight against cancer.

Beware:

Don’t feed your dog poisonous pit, stem, or leaves.

Banana:

Yes, Bananas can be eaten by dogs. 

Benefits:

  1. Rich in potassium and beta-carotene.
  2. Rich source of potassium and high in carbohydrates.
  3. Good to for heart and kidney.

Beware: 

  1. Has high sugar content which makes dogs gain weight.

Blueberries

Yes, Blueberries can be eaten by dogs.

Benefits:

  1. Good anti-oxidant and good for immunity.
  2. Rich source of fiber and Vitamin C.
  3. Good to treat urinary tract infection.

Cantaloupe

Yes, Cantaloupe can be eaten by dogs. 

Benefits:

  1. Good anti-inflammatory
  2. Rich source vitamins like A, B and C.
  3. Good for immunity.

Beware: Do not allow dogs to lick the skin of cantaloupe since it has lot of harmful bacteria.

Cranberries

Yes, Cranberries can be eaten by dogs. 

Benefits:

  1. Helps in fighting unirany tract infection.
  2. Good for bladder, gums and immunity.
  3. Cranberries has vitamin C which is acidic in nature.

Beware: Some dogs might not enjoy cranberries due to its tardy taste due to vitamin c.

Mango:

Yes, Mango can be eaten by dogs.

Benefits:

  1. Mangos is rich in carotenoids, potassium and vitamins: A, B6, C, and E.
  2. Good for immune system.

Beware: 

  1. Hard pit should be removed before feeding to dog since hard pit can lead to choking and it has poisonous cyanide content too

Orange:

Yes, Orange can be eaten by dogs. 

  1. Orange is rich in vitamin C and potassium.
  2. Rich in fiber which is good for digestion.
  3. Good for immune system

Beware: 

  1. Give orange to dogs without peel only since orange peel will not be easily digestible by dogs. 
  2. Give orange in moderation

Pear:

Yes, Pear can be eaten by dogs. 

Benefits:

  1. Good for digestion.
  2. Rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber.
  3. Good for immunity.

Beware: Remove pear seeds since they have traces of cyanide which are harmful for dogs.

Pineapple:

Yes, Pineapple can be eaten by dogs. 

Benefits:

  1. Good for digestion.
  2. Rich in several vitamins and minerals.
  3. Good for immunity.

Beware: Pineapple has high sugar content hence should be given in moderation else will lead to an increase in dog weight

Raspberries:

Yes, Raspberries can be eaten by dogs. 

Benefits:

  1. Rich in fiber and vitamin C..
  2. Good anti-inflammatory

Beware: Raspberries should be given in moderation since it has natural sweetener - xylitol which given in large amounts will be fatal for dogs.

Strawberries:

Yes, Strawberries can be eaten by dogs.

Benefits:

  1. Rich in several vitamins.
  2. Good for the immune system
  3. High in several vitamins 

Watermelon

Yes, Watermelon can be eaten by dogs.

Benefits:

  1. Help keep dogs hydrated
  2. Good nerve function
  3. Rich in vitamins A, C, and B aswell as potassium.

Papaya

Yes, Papaya can be given to dogs.

Benefits:

  1. It helps in heart health and the immune system and digestion.
  2. Rich in vitamins A, C, E and K as well as calcium, fiber and potassium.

Kiwis

Yes, Kiwi can be given to dogs.

Benefits:

  1. Rich source of fiber, potassium and high in vitamin C.

Fruits which cannot be given to dogs:

Some of the fruits can be dangerous for your pets and hence should be avoided. If your dog accidentally eats these fruits then please contact your vet immediately.

Grapes or Raisins

No, Grapes and Raisins cannot be given to dogs.

Reason for avoiding:

  1. Poisonous when ingested by dogs.

Avocados

No, Avocados cannot be given to dogs.

Reason for avoiding:

  1. Avocados can cause gastrointestinal issues.

Figs

No, Figgs cannot be given to dogs.

Reason for avoiding:

  1. Figs can cause serious allergic reactions like skin inflammation, diarrhea and vomiting.

Coconut

No, coconut cannot be given to dogs.

Reason for avoiding:

  1. Coconut can be given to dogs in moderation. It contains triglycerides which can cause bloating and discomfort.

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How to feed Fruits to Dogs: 

  1. Always give fruits as a treat or filler and not as a main course food.
  2.  When you give fruit to the dog the first time then you should always give it in a small amount to check if the dog is allergic or not.
  3. Clean and wash fruits before you give them.
  4. Always remove seeds from fruits before feeding to dogs. Seeds have cyanide traces which is harmful for dogs.
  5. Some dogs don’t like fruits rich in vitamin C due the tangy taste. Don’t force-feed your dog is he does not like fruit.

How Many Fruits Should Dogs Eat?

Even if fruits are good for dog’s health but fruits have high sugar levels and should be given in less quantity. Fruits are good as treats or in meal fillers but not as full-time meals.