Find out which fruits are safe for your four-legged friends as well as the benefits of a varied diet for dogs
Can dogs eat fruit? Packed with nutrients, fibre and vitamins, it can be a great snack for your four-legged friends. However, they're also high in sugar so moderation is key for weight control! Also, some fruits are known to cause upset in your dog’s digestive system (or worse) so it’s important to know your stuff before you let them snack away.
Here are some tasty fruit options for your dog, and how to prepare them to make them safe:
Bananas are rich in potassium and carbohydrates, they bring a lot to the nutrition table! However they also contain high levels of sugar so don't give your dog bananas very often.
Apples are high in fibre and low in fat, so they make a delicious doggy snack. Only serve the skin and flesh though, as apple pips contain traces of cyanide, a substance that’s toxic to dogs (and humans too)!
These summer favourites are full of health-boosting antioxidants, but strawberries are also higher in sugar than other berries, so it’s important to serve them sparingly. Fresh and frozen are the same nutritionally, so strawberries can be great for cooling your doggy down in the heat.
Apricots, peaches and plums
These soft fruits are fine to give your dog, but the stone is poisonous so never give them whole! All three are bursting with antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid, and are rich in potassium, B vitamins and vitamins C,E and K.
Pears are another safe snack option that are full of vitamin C, and packed with fibre. Although as with apples, it’s important to remove the cyanide-carrying pips before giving them to your dog.
Tomatoes are refreshing and full of vitamins, and are safe to serve in moderation.It’s important to wait until they’re fully ripe as tomatoes contain low levels of solanine, a poisonous compound which can affect the digestive and nervous system - the levels of toxin decline as the fruit ripens.
How to prepare
As we would check for ourselves, the fruit we give our dogs needs to be mould-free. Any skin or peel needs to be removed as some can be harmful, and of course our four-legged friends can't remove it themselves! Lastly, remove and pips and stones which are known to be poisonous.