The Ultimate Guide to Fruits Your Dog Can and Can't Eat
What fruits can dogs eat?
Our beloved pooches are like the foodie equivalent of vacuum cleaners. And they love almost everything, including fruits. But should they even be eating them in the first place?
If you've always wondered what fruits your dogs can and cannot eat, you're in the right place. Here is the ultimate list of fruits that'll guide you into which ones to treat your pup and which ones to make sure your furry friend avoids like the plague.
Can dogs eat mandarin oranges?
While oranges, including mandarin oranges, are not toxic to dogs, they are high in sugars. They could be a potential diarrhoea agent – stay away unless necessary.
Can dogs eat papaya?
Believe it or not, papayas are a healthy treat for our canine friends. But do remember not to let them eat the seeds because they contain trace amounts of cyanide (be very careful). And they can cause intestinal blockage too. Remember to cut the papaya into large pieces before letting your fur baby eat it.
Can dogs eat strawberries?
Strawberries are another great healthy alternative for your pup, chock full of fibre and vitamin C. Even better, strawberries contain an enzyme that even whitens your dog's teeth. Don't give them too much, as they have sugar.
Can dogs eat durian?
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Ah, the King of Fruits. Despite its pungent odour and spiky exterior, dogs can safely eat this delicious fruit. A few bites of durian flesh won't hurt. Still, the seeds are toxic for dogs and can potentially cause severe intestinal blockage.
Can dogs eat grapes?
Strictly no. Please keep away any food that may contain grapes (and this includes raisins) from your dog. While an accidental grape may not cause an issue for most pups, grapes shouldn't be near your pet's mouth. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Can dogs eat pears?
Surprisingly, pears are an excellent snack for your pup. Why? Because these fruits are high in copper and vitamins K and C. Again, remove the seeds as they contain traces of cyanide. And avoid canned pears – they are too sweet and high in sugar!
Can dogs eat pineapple?
Pineapples are a delightful snack for dogs. But like all other syrupy canned fruits, avoid canned pineapples, as our fur buds can't handle all that sugar with their digestive tracts.
Can dogs eat watermelon?
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It is safe, but like most other fruits, watermelon seeds can potentially cause intestinal blockages for our dogs. Yes, that includes the rind of the watermelon. One cup of diced watermelon is more than enough for a large dog, and a tiny dog can eat a couple of small chunks. Too much, and obesity is on its way.
Can dogs eat dragon fruit?
Dragon fruit is safe for dogs to eat – it's rich in vitamin C, high in fibre, and packed with Omega-3, which keeps our pup's coat nice and shiny. And don't worry about giving too much, as dragon fruit is low in calories and fat.
Can dogs eat guava?
While guava is safe, dogs should only eat it in moderation, perhaps as an occasional treat. Just remember to remove the rind and seeds first.
Can dogs eat kiwi?
Did you know that kiwis have more vitamin C than an orange and more potassium than bananas? While there's no denying its health benefits, you should never feed your dog a whole kiwi.
Small pups won't be able to fit an entire kiwi in their mouths, while larger breeds can eat it all in one bite – please avoid that, as the fruit might get stuck in your pet's throat and block their airways. As a rule of thumb, kiwi should be a treat and not your dog's main diet.
Can dogs eat jackfruit?
Yes, dogs can eat jackfruit but only in small amounts and only in the fleshy part of the fruit. Like other fruits, refrain from letting them eat the rind or seeds. Also, too much is no good for your fur kid, as jackfruit is jam-packed with sugar.
Can dogs eat mangosteen?
Mangosteen may seem unhealthy, but it's a healthy low-fat snack for dogs. One great thing about it is that it's high in dietary fibre, which aids digestion. If your pup is diabetic, please don't feed them mangosteen as it is a fruit still high in sugar.
Can dogs eat coconut?
Have you been caught up in that coconut oil trend? Well, coconut meat is even better, especially regarding health. But while coconuts are non-toxic to dogs, they contain medium-chain triglycerides, which can cause gastrointestinal issues.
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Besides being a delicious and nutritious snack for your pups, they are also a great ingredient in shampoos for dogs with sensitive skin. Shampoos (and even conditioners) that contain cocos nucifera (coconut) oil extracted from the fruit's flesh are excellent for giving a dog's fur instant shine and improving tensile strength.
Can dogs eat longan?
Longans are another fruit that is generally safe for pups. Some benefits include being high in vitamin C and fibre, which is good for digestion and your pet's immune system. On the other hand, the pit contains toxic saponins, which can cause abdominal pain and diarrhoea.
Can dogs eat rockmelon (cantaloupe)?
Rockmelons are tasty for paw-rents and pups alike and are a great alternative to traditional treats. But while the seeds are harmless, it would be best to avoid feeding them to your fur bud as they can be a choking hazard.
Can dogs eat apples?
Apples are one of those delicious and healthy fruits for our pups! These fruits keep their teeth clean and breath fresh. You should know that the apple core and apple seeds are very harmful to dogs, especially those containing tiny amounts of cyanide when chewed.
Can dogs eat plums?
Our canine buddies can eat plums. It is a fruit considered safe for them as an occasional treat. Like everything else filled with sugar, don't feed them too much. And be aware that the pits and stems are highly toxic.
Can dogs eat pomegranates?
Unlike grapes, pomegranates aren't exactly toxic to dogs. But pomegranates can make a dog sick. If your pup eats more than a few seeds or even the peel, watch out for digestive issues like vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain. Please avoid feeding this fruit to your pet.
Can dogs eat lychee?
If lychee is ripe, small amounts will be an occasional nice treat for your dog, as even a tiny piece is an excellent source of fibre and nutrients. But stuffing your dog's snout silly is a no-no, as too much lychee means too much sugar and an inevitable tummy ache.
Can dogs eat honeydew?
Honeydew is safe for dogs to eat. But as its name suggests, this sugary fruit should be eaten in moderation and avoided when it comes to dogs that are diabetic. Besides that, this popular fruit is high in vitamins B and C and potassium.
Can dogs eat pomelo?
Dogs can eat pomelo. The fruit is safe for our canine friends to have a teeny munch. Pomelo is high in copper, potassium, and vitamin C. But overeating pomelo, on the other hand, can result in your pet having an upset tummy because of the fruit's high sugar content.
Can dogs eat raspberries?
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Raspberries are a safe fruit for dogs to eat but remember, only in moderation. They contain antioxidants, which are always great for dogs. Raspberries are great for dogs getting on in old age, especially those with joint pain – a raspberry's anti-inflammatory properties can help ease that pain.
Can dogs eat a persimmon?
Yes, persimmons are safe for dogs to eat. But unlike other fruits, dogs can eat the skin. However, they should avoid the seeds as this causes digestive problems. And even eating the flesh in large amounts can cause your pup to have tummy issues. An occasional treat in small amounts will do just fine.
Can dogs eat lemon?Even if dogs were okay with citrusy fruits, which they are not, a lemon is something you shouldn't feed to dogs, even if they aren't toxic. Lemons can make your dog sick, and there's generally no real reason to provide them one since they don't taste all that great when humans eat them raw too.
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