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
Great crunchy treat
Makes great apple sauce
Fresh or frozen
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
Remove stone and rind
Cut into bite-size pieces
No rinds or seeds
(a deliciours summer treat)
Great for hydration
Remove stone and skin
Do not give straight from the tin
Remove pips and skin
Can upset some dogs
Remove seeds and core
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
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.