It is already common for us dog owners to share our food with our dogs. Especially when they make those beautiful puppy eyes whenever they see us eating something. We just can’t help it, but is it okay for dogs to eat all human food?
It’s not okay. Just like chocolate, dogs are not allowed to eat chocolate because chocolate is difficult for dogs to digest. We dog owners should remember that dogs and humans have different digestive system. So, not all human food is okay for our dogs to eat, just like fruits. There are some particular fruits that are not good for the health of our dogs.
We should be more careful when it comes to feeding fruits to our dogs because it might have some harmful effects to their digestion. That’s why I wrote down below all the fruits that our dogs can and can’t eat to inform all potential or dog owners.
Fruits that our dogs CAN eat
So to begin, Our dogs can eat the following fruits; I also wrote some of the benefits our dog could get from these fruits.
- Apple (with no seed on it) – You can give your dog a slice of an apple as a treat. Though you must remember to remove its seed before giving it to your dog, apples are already common treat for dogs because it contains vitamins A and C, which are both fundamental elements to strengthen your dog’s bones and tissues.
Apples are also the perfect treat for dogs that have less metabolism because this fruit is less in fat and has a high fiber on it.
- Bananas – Another common fruit that you can give to your dog as a treat or snack. This fruit is a good provenance of potassium. Potassium is an element that helps your dog’s heart and kidney to function well.
- Blueberries –Blueberries has the same benefits to dogs and humans. It can stagnate some damage to your dog’s cell and tissue because it has antioxidant resources. This fruit can also avoid your dog from having a UTI. It can also adjust your dog’s scotopic vision.
- Coconut meat – We dog owners usually add some coconut oil to our dog’s food, but you’re probably wondering if they can also eat coconut meat?
Yes! A dog can eat coconut meat, and it is healthier than coconut oil. However, it is not advisable to always treat your dog with coconut meat because it has triglyceride. This element usually causes your dog to have gastrointestinal and some bloating issues.
- Cranberries – This fruit has similar resources to blueberries; it can stagnate and fight against urinary tract infection. This fruit is also healthy for your dog because it contains fiber that helps your dog to have a good metabolism and Vitamin C that strengthen your dog’s immune system.
Aside from those two, cranberries also contain a micro mineral called manganese. This micro mineral plays a vital role in your dog’s bone and cartilage maintenance.
- Cucumber – This belongs to the vegetable category, but I just want to add it in here to discuss its importance since your dog can eat cucumber. So, cucumber is a great treat for your dog, because it freshens up their breath. Aside from that, this treat also contains magnesium that stagnates muscle tensions and cramps. It could also produce some relaxations and tranquility to your dog.
- Mango – This fruit is a perfect treat or snack, not just to your cat but also to your dog. Though you can only feed the soft part of mango to your dog because its firm middle trench has dangerous cyanide that could harm your dog. Also, remember to remove its skin before feeding it to your dog to make it easier for them to digest it and to avoid an upset stomach.
- Orange – This fruit is one of the dog’s favorite treat. They just love the sweetness and refreshing taste of this citrus fruit. Aside from its taste, this fruit can also improve and protect your dog’s immune system because of its resources such as vitamin C, some fibers, and potassium.
Though remember to remove the outer part, seeds and stem before feeding it to your dog. Because those parts have oil that can be toxic to your dog. This toxic oil can cause cramps and fever to your dog.
- Peaches – Another fruit that your dog can eat and very nutritious for them. This fruit has a vitamin A that is necessary for your dog’s diet. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that your dog’s optimal health needs. It can also improve your dog’s skin and its skin. However, you can only feed your dog this fruit every three days to avoid stomachache.
- Pears – Is a good moderate treat for your dog. This fruit has some nutrients like vitamin A, C, and it is high in fibers. These nutrients can regulate your dog’s metabolism, but like apples, its seeds should be removed too because its seeds have cyanide, which can cause some harmful effects to your dog.
- Pineapple – One of the best and safest sugary fruits that your dog can it. Pineapple is full of minerals and vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin and vitamin B-6. These vitamins and mineral can improve your dog’s immune system and protect it against some illnesses.
- Raspberries – Another berry that your dog can eat aside from being one of the safest treats for your dog; this fruit has great anti-inflammatory sources that can minimize your dog’s allergies and dental diseases. This berry is also a good treat that can improve your dog’s digestive system if serve moderately.
- Strawberries – A berry that your dog can eat safely even if it’s frozen. Strawberries can also be a great source of antioxidants for your dogs, aside from being a sweet and delicious treat. This fruit has vitamin C and an enzyme that can whiten your dog’s teeth when served moderately to your dog.
- Watermelon –it is perfectly safe for your dog to eat, and this treat can be feed to your dog anytime. Watermelon is a great fruit to keep your dog hydrated, and it is also a great source of Vitamin A, B-16, C and potassium. Those nutrients can also maintain and improve your dog’s nerve function.
Here are the fruits that your dog CAN’T eat
The following fruits below are the fruits that you should never feed to your dog. That’s because these fruits might have contained some toxic or harmful elements to your dog.
- Avocado – This fruit might be healthy for us dog owners, but this can be very dangerous for your dog to eat. Avocado’s skin and its parts have persin on it, which is a fungicidal toxin for animals. Persin can cause various serious health problems to your dog, and it might even lead to death if undiagnosed.
- Cherries – This is another fruit your dog should never eat. This fruit or any cherry fruit contain cyanide that can be very lethal for your dog. Aside from that, the pit of this cherry fruit can also cause your dog some digestive problems.
- Grapefruit – another fruit that contains some serious toxic and should never be feed to your dog. Any breed of dogs, or no matter how old your dog is, it’s not allowed to eat any grapefruit, because its toxic can cause some kidney failures.
- Lemon – Dogs are not allowed to eat lemon or lime; they’re probably happy that they’re not allowed to have it, because dog doesn’t like how it tastes. Another reason why dogs can’t eat lemon or lime is that it contains psoralen compounds and aromatic oil that can be very toxic for your dog. Your dog might experience, vomiting, and diarrhea if they eat lemon and lime.
- Plums – Plums contains some toxic cyanide, and it has high sugar content. It could also give your dog an upset stomach, that’s why your dog can’t have plum as a treat or snack.
- Tomatoes – Some owners would say tomatoes are fine for dogs to eat, but no. Vets don’t recommend dogs to eat tomatoes, because it’s green part contains solanine compound, which can be toxic for dogs.
As dog owners, we should know that not all fruits are safe for our dogs to eat. Yes, fruits are healthy for dog owners. However, some fruits contain compounds and elements that can be toxic and harmful to our dog’s health. We should always keep in mind that we humans have different digestions compare to our dogs. Their digestive system is a little bit sensitive compared to ours, so we should be picky when it comes to the type of fruits we feed to our dogs as their treat or snack.
This article is written as a guide for the dog owners who are uncertain about the treats they should give to their dogs. That’s why I wrote the specific fruits that our dogs can, and can’t eat, also discuss its various benefits and disadvantages to our dogs.