Ten Fruits That Are Safe For Your Dog To Eat

We’ve cautioned you before about fruits that you should never feed your dog, as there are many foods that are perfectly safe for humans that can be highly toxic, such as grapes and avocados, to your canine companion.

But are there human foods that are good for your dog? Absolutely!

Here’s the thing to remember: dogs are carnivores (meat eaters) so they really don’t need to have fruits and vegetables as part of their nutrition. But it’s perfectly ok to give your dog fruit occasionally as a treat.

Here is a list of ten fruits that you, and your dog, can safely enjoy:

One – Apples. Yes, apples are safe for dogs. They have lots of vitamins C as well as A and are a good source of fiber. Also, for older dogs, whose owners may be rightly concerned about snacks that have a lot of protein and fat, apples are low in both. Before you give apples to your dog, remove the core and seeds. Dogs also like frozen apple slices when the weather is hot.

Two – Bananas. This popular fruit is safe for dogs and is another low calorie treat. Bananas are high in fiber as well as potassium, copper, biotin and vitamins. Compared to some other fruits, they are high in sugar, so give them to your dog as an occasional treat.

Three – Blueberries. Full of fiber and phytochemicals, these power packed little berries are truly a superfood, as they are rich in antioxidants. These work to prevent cell damage, both in people and dogs. 

Four – Cantaloupe. This luscious melon is safe for dogs and is full of fiber, nutrients and is also low in calories. Like bananas, cantaloupe is high in sugar and should be given to dogs in moderation.

Five – Cranberries. This tart sweet fruit is safe for dogs, both in their fresh and dried forms. Some dogs like the tart taste and others do not. If you feed too many cranberries, this can give dogs a digestive upset, so only feed in moderation. Also, do not confuse dried cranberries with raisins, as both grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs.

Six – Mango. These beautiful tropical fruits are safe for dogs. Full of potassium, beta and alpha carotene as well as vitamins B6, C and E. As a caution, be sure to remove the pit, as it’s a choking hazard and like some other fruit pits, contains small amounts of cyanide. This fruit is high in sugar, so feed in moderation.

Seven – Oranges. While oranges are safe for dogs, some canines don’t care for citrus fruits. Oranges have loads of vitamin C, fiber and potassium. Do not give your dog the peels however, as this can cause digestive upset. 

Eight – Peaches. These tasty, juicy fruits are safe for dogs and can be fed fresh or frozen. Peaches are a great source of vitamin A and fiber. The pit should be removed and discarded, as like the mango, contains cyanide. Canned peaches should not be used as they are usually packed in a sugar filled syrup.

Nine – Strawberries. These bright red fruits are safe for dogs and are also filled with fiber and vitamin C. As with many fruits, they are high in sugar, so give them as treats, not everyday.

Ten – Watermelon. This water filled sweet fruit is great for dogs, as it’s filled with vitamins C, B6 and A and also potassium. But be sure to remove the hard rind and seeds as your dog could get an intestinal blockage. Dogs love this cooling treat on a hot day! 

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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