Fruits Dogs Can Eat
As a DIY raw feeder, I feel it is essential to provide Dexter with a wide variety of foods. Just like your doctor wouldn’t advise you to eat the same food day in and day out, dogs should also receive a variety of healthy proteins and fruits and vegetables.
When I am creating Dexter’s DIY raw meals, I include approximately 10% fruits and vegetables. Dog-safe fruits and vegetables are a wonderful source of essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Feeding your dog fruits and vegetables also provides him a good source of antioxidants.
I’ve preached it numerous times before: moderation and rotation are the key to success. This fruit-topper recipe I’m providing is just one of many, many healthy food toppers I rotate into Dexter’s meal plan.
Please don’t get stuck and feed your dog the same recipe, the same topper over and over. That said, if your dog has a health issue, make sure you are working closely with his holistic veterinarian.
What Fruits Can Dogs Eat?
Today, I’m going to share seven healthy fruits for dogs. There are many fruits that are not only safe for dogs, but healthy. However, a few that are toxic to dogs include grapes and their dehydrated form, raisins. Those are a big no-no. Dexter’s previous vet actually told us if a small dog ate one grape or raisin, it is an emergency. A dog will either be fine or not. And if not, it can be lethal.
When feeding your dog healthy fruits, do ensure they are bite size and do not pose a choking hazard to your dog. Do also keep in mind seeds, pits, stems, and leaves tend to be toxic or can upset a dog’s stomach. Not all, but a lot. So, unless you do your research first, stay clear of pits, seeds, pits, etc.
Blackberries for Dogs
Can dogs have blackberries? Why, yes. Blackberries are chock-full of vitamin C. Blackberries also have fiber, which promotes regular bowel movements. They are a great source of vitamin K and high in manganese. As with most berries, they are a good source of antioxidants for dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Kiwi
You probably know the answer by now, yes. Although the skin is safe to eat, personally I remove it. Kiwi contains flavonoids such as naringenin, rutin, catechin, quercetin, and epicatechin. Kiwi also is a good source of vitamin A zeaxanthin and lutein for a dog. Kiwi also has fiber and acts as a natural laxative. Vitamins C, E and K along with folate make this little green fruit not only a tasty treat, but a nice addition to your dog’s diet.
Can Dogs Have Mango
Mangos are healthy and tasty. I hate trying to get to the meat of a mango, but when I do, I’m thrilled with the sweet taste. Yes, I may have snuck a few bites of Dexter’s rainbow fruit blend. Sometimes I just can’t help myself.
Mangos are high in vitamin C. You can look at the bright color of a mango for your clue on the richness of vitamin C. Mangos offer a wide variety of antioxidants, including quercetin, which is great in treating dog allergies. Antioxidants help protect your dog’s cells from free radicals. Free radicals cause disease.
Can Dogs Eat Papaya
You bet. Now, I’m personally not a big lover of the taste of papaya, so I left it all for Dexter. Papayas also contain antioxidants and are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and E.
Can Dogs Eat Pears
Pears have been one of the fruits I’ve rotated into Dexter’s meals for a long, long time. Pears are a very nice source of fiber for dogs. In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, pears are cooling, resolve phlegm, relieve restlessness, promote bowel movements, and lubricate the throat. These are things that I am always trying to improve in Dexter’s health.
Can Dogs Eat Raspberries
Last, but not least is the raspberry. Raspberries are high in fiber and have lower sugar than some other berries. The fiber in the raspberry is a healthy way to keep your dog’s bowels in tip top shape.