Is it Safe for my Dog to Eat Fruit?

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Are you looking to mix-up the treats you give to your dog?  Maybe as a healthier and fresh alternative to store-bought or baked treats?  Or, as a way to help control your dog’s weight?  Did you know that many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy as humans are also great snacks for our dogs?  Below is a list of some of the fruits you might give your dog to see if she likes them.  Just be sure to 1) wash fruits well and/or peel rinds, 2) remove all seeds and pits, 3) cut into small, bite-sized pieces and 4) introduce only a small bit at a time, to avoid upset stomach, until your pup gets used to the new food.  If your dog doesn’t go for the pieces, you might try mashing the fruit and adding to her food or using as an ingredient in homemade treats.

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SAFE FRUITS:

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Pear
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

 

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AVOID:

  • Avocados
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Persimmons
  • Raisins

Now that the warmer months are upon us, it’s a great time to try some of these exciting new alternatives for your pup’s taste buds and health.  Fruits provide water, fiber and many beneficial nutrients to promote good, overall health.

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