Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Snack on fruits and berries

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and most pet parents have learned by now that dogs can't eat onion or chocolate. A few people still believe that dogs won't eat anything that's bad for them, but that myth is pretty much debunked. 

If you want to share delicacies with your dogs, fruits and berries are great choices. Most fruits and berries are okay for pets to eat, but some can be dangerous.

Apples Yes  The fruit is fine, but pets shouldn't eat the seeds since they can be toxic. Most dogs won't eat the skin, but will be happy to share a peeled slice without seeds.
Bananas Yes  If your dog likes banana, it's fine for them to eat. Peeled, of course.
Blackberries Yes Blackberries are filled with antioxidants and vitamins, and they are good for pets.
Blueberries Yes Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and fine for cats and dogs to eat. You might not want to give them a whole bowl, but a few berries is a good snack.
Cherries No All parts of a cherry plant except the meat in the fruit contain cyanide. The pit is toxic.
Coconut Yes Coconut meat and milk are fine for dogs to eat.
Grapes No Never give a dog grapes or raisins. Many dogs react adversely to them, and we still don't know why some dogs seem able to handle them better than others. If your dog has a bad reaction, they can become very sick and even die. Treat grapes like chocolate, and if your dog eats grapes or raisins, go see your vet.
Mango Yes Dogs can have a piece of mango flesh without the peel and the pit. Make sure your dog doesn't eat the pit.
Oranges Yes Citrus fruits are rich in vitamins and give no adverse reactions. Remove the peel and any seeds.
Peaches No While the meat of a peach theoretically isn't dangerous to a dog, the pit contains cyanide, and this is a deadly poison. Cyanide can seep out from the pit into the meat, and while that isn't enough to harm a human, it can be enough to harm a dog. Avoid peaches. 
Pears Yes The same thing goes for pears as for apples - the meat is fine, but remove the seed and core.
Pineapple Yes Many dogs love pineapple, and it is good for them to eat. (Remove the prickly husk, of course.)
Plums No Plums share the problem of peaches - the pit is dangerous.
Raspberries Yes Many dogs love raspberries, and they are fine for pets to eat.
Strawberries Yes Remove the leaves and stem, and enjoy with your pet.
Watermelon Yes Remove the seeds.

~ Maria Sadowski ~