You may already know that grapes can be highly toxic to dogs — but what about strawberries? Well, lucky for your pup, strawberries are actually a healthy treat 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.
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Can dogs eat strawberries
Strawberries come packed with vitamins and minerals that are healthy for your puppy. Strawberries are mostly made of water, but also contain vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and antioxidants.
Can dogs have strawberries and bananas? Yes, both fruits are perfectly safe for dogs as long as they are fed in moderation.
Feed strawberries in moderation
Unfortunately, strawberries 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.
Keep dogs out of strawberry gardens
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.
Safe fruits for dogs
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 puppy's 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; however, the seeds, cores, and pits can be toxic as they contain cyanide. Seeds, pits, and fruit cores also pose a choking risk for dogs. 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.
What fruits are bad for dogs
While most fruits are safe for dogs, there are a few you should stay away from. Coconut is mostly safe for dogs, but it contains triglycerides that can make your dog's stomach upset. Grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs and even a small amount can cause sudden kidney failure, so never feed them to your canine companion. Cherries contain cyanide and eating cherries can lead to cyanide poisoning in dogs.
Dogs also need to stay away from tomatoes. The red tomato is generally safe, but the green parts of the tomato plant, including the stem and leaves, contain a toxic substance known as solanine.
Consult veterinarians about dietary needs
Before changing your puppy's diet, talk with your veterinarian about any diet concerns. Some breeds — like Labrador retrievers, West Highland white terriers, and cocker spaniels — are more prone to allergies and should avoid certain fruits. If you suspect that your precious pup has a food allergy, speak to your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can create a specialized allergy test for your dog that may include blood and skin tests or an elimination diet.
If your 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.