You may already know that grapes can be highly toxic to dogs--but what about strawberries? Well, lucky for your pup, strawberries are actually healthy for canines! Of course, there are still some important considerations to make when feeding your dog strawberries as a treat or including them in his diet.
Everything in Moderation
Strawberries come packed with vitamins and minerals that are healthy for your puppy. However, they also have loads of natural sugar that can be too much for a dog's stomach, as well as humans. When it comes to strawberries and puppies, think of them as a treat and serve in moderation. A whole bowl may not harm them, but it can contribute to stomach upset.
If you grow your own strawberries, controlling the amount your puppy eats may not be your only concern. Puppies are curious and if they find something they like, keeping them out of the garden and your strawberry harvest will take time, training or maybe even fencing. However, there is another potential problem lurking in your strawberry crop. If you have battled with pests and treated your strawberry plants with pesticides, a curious and hungry puppy faces potential illness. Some fertilizers and pesticides are highly toxic to puppies and dogs. If you use these products, make sure to keep your puppy away from the plants and wash any fruit before letting them eat it.
Other Safe Fruits
In addition to strawberries, many other fruits are also safe for puppies. Generally, fresh fruits and vegetables should not make up more than 10 percent of your puppies daily diet.They do offer a variety for your puppy as well as provide many vitamins and minerals. Other safe fruits include bananas, blueberries, dates, figs, lemons, oranges and pears. Fruits like apples, plums, peaches and apricots are safe for dogs but the seeds and pits can be toxic. Cutting the fruit into bite-size pieces will reduce the risk of eating the seeds. As with strawberries, serve fruits in moderation to avoid stomach upset.
Before changing your puppy's diet, talk with your veterinarian about any diet concerns. Some breeds are more prone to allergies and should avoid certain fruits. If you puppy got into your fruit bowl and ate large quantities of fruit, contact your veterinarian about possible symptoms to watch out for. Talk to them if you suspect pesticide exposure and discuss the best ways to reduce that risk in your garden.
By Deborah Lundin
About the Author
Deborah Lundin is a professional writer with more than 20 years of experience in the medical field and as a small business owner. She studied medical science and sociology at Northern Illinois University. Her passions and interests include fitness, health, healthy eating, children and pets.