Thursday, October 1, 2015

Can a dog eat fruits and berries?

Fall is a season of plenty with fruits and berries galore. Dogs are natural scavengers and tend to eat what comes in their way. That doesn’t mean that all dogs like everything, or that everything they eat is good for them, but fruits and berries are nature’s treats, and most dogs love them. 
Not all fruits and berries are good for dogs. Here is a list with the most common ones, and whether your can let your furry friend share. 
Remember that everything should be given with moderation – you don’t want to give your pet a whole bowl of berries, because his or her digestive system won’t be used to it.
  • Apples  Dogs shouldn’t eat the seeds, because they can be toxic to dogs, but the fruit is fine. Most dogs won’t care for the skin of the apple, but will happily gobble down a nice slice.
  • Bananas  Some dogs don’t like the consistency of banana, and others love it. If your dog likes peeled banana it’s a great snack.
  • Blueberries  Blueberries are fine, and rich in antioxidants. Many dog foods and treats contain blueberries.
  • Coconut  Dogs can eat both coconut meat and milk.
  • Grapes  No. Dogs should not eat grapes or raisins. Not all dogs react adversely to them, but those who do can die from kidney failure. Don’t take the risk.
  • Mango  Mango has a large pit that the dog shouldn’t have. Dogs can have a piece of mango flesh without the peel and pit.
  • Oranges  Peeled and de-seeded citrus fruits are fine for dogs. Just make sure to remove the seeds.
  • Peaches  Peaches are tricky, because the pit contains cyanide, and this is deadly to everyone, not just dogs. If you absolutely want to give your dog peach, make sure to only give the outer layers of the fruit, because cyanide can seep out from the pit into the meat close to the center. It’s not enough to harm a human, but it can be enough to harm a dog.
  • Pears  Dogs can eat pears, as long as you remove the seeds and cores.
  • Pineapple  Pineapple meat is fine for dogs. They shouldn’t have the prickly husk, of course, but the meat is fine.
  • Plums  Avoid giving your dog plums, for the same reason they shouldn’t have peaches. The pit is dangerous, and there isn’t enough meat on a plum to find a layer where you can be absolutely sure it’s safe.
  • Raspberries  Raspberries are fine, and many dogs love them. Some dogs have been known to eat raspberries directly off the bushes!
  • Strawberries  Sure, but you should remove the leaves and any stem. You want the dog to eat the berry, not the greenery.
  • Watermelon  Yes, dogs can eat watermelon, but you should remove the seeds.
If you suspect your pet has gotten into something they shouldn't eat, contact your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline.

~ Maria Sadowski ~ 

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