Pretty much everyone knows that dogs shouldn’t eat grapes or their wrinkled old cousins raisins, but when you’re sitting there enjoying a banana and your pooch is giving you those puppy eyes, what do you do? Do you break off a piece and share? How about when you’re slicing an apple? A watermelon?
Most dogs at least want to try whatever you’re eating. The finicky ones will spit it out, but the forever hungry ones will swallow the whole thing in one big gulp—if it’s like that, you’ll want to be extremely careful not to drop the dangerous fruits on the floor. One false move, and you have a $350 vet bill.
In an effort to keep those tales wagging, we’ve prepared a list of five fruits that are fine for Fido. In fact, these five fruits are so good for your dog you can get dog treats made from them! Your dog will thank you.
5 Fruits Dogs Can Eat
Strawberries are good for dogs for the same reasons they’re good for humans: they’re great sources of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Just don’t put any extra sugar on them for your pup, and chop them into small pieces. Toss a whole strawberry their way, and choking could occur.
The actual fruit of the banana is fine for dogs, but don’t let them have the peels, as they’re hard to digest and can block the intestines. Also, bananas are high in sugar, so small doses are best. But a few bite-sized pieces will give your dog a healthy dose of potassium, vitamins B6 and C and fiber.
Surprisingly enough, watermelon is actually good for dogs, (but only if you remove the seeds, which can cause intestinal blockage). Like people, dogs benefit from the watermelon’s high water content which helps with hydration, and the many vitamins within, including A, C and B6.
Go ahead — toss your pup a blueberry! As a matter of fact, if your dog will eat them, you might want to mix some in with his dinner, because blueberries can support heart health, bone strength, skin health, blood pressure, diabetes management, cancer prevention and mental accuity.
Never throw your dog an apple core to munch on, but if you want to treat her with a seedless slice, go right ahead. She’ll get plenty of antioxidants and natural fiber to help with digestion and toxin elimination. Go easy, however, as they also contain a lot of sugar, and can make you dog a bit, ahem, gassy.
Now take a look at some fruits and other foods you might not want to eat.
Grapes may be toxic, but these five fruits dogs can eat can provide essential vitamins, antioxidants and more!