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What fruits can my dog eat?

As a dog trainer, I am always being asked by clients "what human foods can I give to my dog". Now, it's not really advisable to give your dog too much human food, but the food that you do give them must be safe, and preferably healthy.

I have a list that I have created and give to my clients; this list is by no means exhaustive, or does it apply to all dogs. All dogs and puppies will have different levels of digestion and allergies so it is important that when giving dogs new foods it should be done slowly, carefully and given in moderation.

I am not a vet or a dietician so the following information should only be used for guidance only. Please look out for any reactions to any new foods and seek veterinary help when needed. Likewise, if you know your dog suffers from diabetes, digestive problems or is overweight or older then please check with your vet before giving any new or human foods to them.

Fruits in general

All fruits contain Vitamins A , B1 B2 B6 and C, all of which benefit humans and canines alike. They are, however, high in sugar content and should be offered in moderation.

All fruits that contain a central core, pips, stones or rind should have these removed before being given to your dog. These items contain cyanide which probably isn’t the best thing to be giving to your furry friends.

Only give your dogs fresh fruit, not from a tin as they will be extremely high in sugar content.

Fruits that you can give to your dog


Flesh only

Low Protein/Fat

Great crunchy treat

Makes great apple sauce


Fresh or frozen

Easily mashable


Low in sugar

Low in fat

Ideal size as a treat, no preparation needed


Fabulous Christmas treat

Give raw or cooked

No cranberry sauce, this will be high in sugar


Flesh only

Remove stone and rind

Cut into bite-size pieces


No rinds or seeds

Freeze watermelon

(a deliciours summer treat)

Great for hydration


Flesh only

Remove stone and skin

Do not give straight from the tin


Remove pips and skin

Can upset some dogs


Remove seeds and core



Remove skin

High in sugar

Core is indigestible


Nice and sweet and safe.

Watch if you grow them in your garden though – my dog strips the vines before I can pick them!!!


Perfectly safe and another canine favourite

High in sugar

Unsafe Fruits

Cherries – stone contains cyanide

Grapes/Raisins – toxic to dogs

Grapefruit – very acidic

Lemons – very acidic

Limes – very acidic

Plums – stone is toxic to dogs

Rhubarb – toxic to dogs

Tomatoes – best avoided, any green parts can be toxic


  • Freeze – mash or puree and freeze in ice cube trays. A great summer treat.

  • Mash or puree to stuff kongs, licki mats and other food dispensing toys.

  • Why not add to food as an occasional treat at mealtimes.


If you're unsure whether a fruit is safe for your dog, check with your vet. If your dog is unwell after having fruit, seek medical help if needed.

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