Dogs will eat near enough anything, but that doesn’t mean that anything they will gobble up is good for them, even if it looks like it should be.
Fruit, you might think, is a really healthy snack for your pet , but you need to be very careful with what you let them eat.
Whilst some fruit is absolutely fine, and actively very good for your faithful friend, some can be dangerous.
Make sure you check our lists of what fruit your dog can and cannot eat before unleashing the hound on your groceries.
Print out this guide and bring it with you when dog food/treat shopping.
What fruits can your dog eat?
There are many fruits your dog can eat, but you should be careful just how much they are consuming.
Pearswithout their seeds, a small bowl of raspberries, and mangoes with the stone cut out are alright in small doses but not often as they contain traces of chemicals that are toxic to dogs.
Strawberries are also fine for your dog. Cut them up into small chunks so your canine friend can consume them easily without choking.
For small dogs, you could mash or puree the strawberries. However, don’t feed dogs tinned strawberries or strawberries in syrup. They are not good for them.
The same goes for the humble peach, which (once you’ve removed the stone and cut it up) is fine for a dog, but likewise, you should not feed them syrupy canned peaches.
Watermelon is okay for a dog to eat too. In fact, it’s a great snack because it’s full of water and vitamins without loads of calories.
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But you MUST make sure to remove the watermelon seeds before feeding the dog, as those seeds can cause intestinal blockages.
Also, do not let them chew on the rind because that can cause gastrointestinal upset.
The same rules apply to cantaloupes which are good for your dog as long as you ensure they can’t choke on the seeds or chew the rind.
Blueberries, apples (without the seeds or the core), chopped frozen bananas (without the peel, and in moderation), pineapples (minus any prickly bits), and oranges (with all peel and seeds removed) are also fine to feed a dog.
What fruits shouldn’t you feed to your dog?
There are also many fruits that your dog shouldn’t eat , no matter how much they beg.
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Dogs shouldnot be eating fruits like avocados, cherries, raisins, grapesand tomatoes . They may all have potentially severe effects on your dog’s health.
Figs are also a murky area, so they are best to avoid them altogether as two enzymes found in the fruit can be hard for dogs to digest.
Citrus fruits such as limes, lemons and grapefruit should be given a miss for dogs, too.Cherry stems and pits contain cyanide – coupled with their size, it’s best to avoid them all together. Follow Metro across our social channels, on , and Instagram