Many dogs enjoy additional fruits and vegetables as a tasty and healthful treat. The sweetness of fruit may make it especially appealing. Read on for a partial list of safe fruits for canine friends.
This autumn lunchbox staple is good for both humans and dogs. Packed with fiber as well as vitamins A and C, apples are a sweet treat to share with dogs. They are best sliced for easier eating and the seeds should be discarded. Dogs can eat them raw or cooked, and some enjoy them frozen on a hot summer's day.
Monkeys aren't the only ones that love bananas. Many dogs also enjoy the world's most popular fruit. Full of fiber and potassium, bananas are a healthful way to satisfy a dog's sweet tooth. Peel them first. The skins aren't toxic but can be very difficult to digest and may even cause intestinal blockage.
Tiny, tart and tasty, blueberries delight people and dogs alike. Just like humans, dogs benefit from the antioxidants, vitamins and fiber blueberries contain. No special preparation is necessary.
Take dogs on a tropical mini vacation by sharing mangoes. Chock full of vitamins A, B6, C and E, mangoes are also great sources of fiber and beta-carotene. As in many pitted fruits, the mango seed contains cyanide and should be discarded. While not poisonous, the skins are difficult to digest and should be removed as well. Then simply slice and share.
In addition to having a distinctive shape, pears are known as nutritional powerhouses, benefiting dogs and humans alike. Full of fiber as well as vitamins A and C, pears make a great dog treat. Just remove the seeds and slice the fruit into bite-size pieces. Canned pears contain too much sugar for dogs.
Give dogs a taste of paradise with pineapple. These spiky fruits make a healthful indulgence full of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. Remove the prickly rind along with the hard core and slice into bite-sized pieces. Only fresh or no-sugar-added frozen fruit should be used.
An icon of spring and early summer, strawberries are favorites with dogs and people. Strawberries are high in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins and may be given fresh or frozen for a hot weather snack. Slice for easier eating.
Nothing says summer like watermelon, and this picnic staple is loved by dogs as well as people. Rich with vitamins A, B6 and C, watermelons are also a good source of potassium. Being more than 90 percent water, a watermelon treat can help dogs stay hydrated on a hot day. To avoid stomach upset, choose seedless melons and remove the rind.
Too much sugar is bad for dogs just as it is for humans, so all these fruits should be given in moderation or as treats. It is best to discuss any dietary changes with a veterinarian.