Pet parents love to give their pups healthy treats and snacks to reward them and keep them happy. Many foods make great treat options for dogs.
Fruits make healthy snacks for us, but dogs cannot have all of the fruits that we eat. Some fruits are dangerous to feed to your pup. It is good to note which fruits are bad for dogs so that you do not accidentally give them to your dog.
There are a handful of fruits to stay away from when choosing a healthy and delicious snack for your dog. Other fruits provide many health benefits.
Yes, avocados are considered a fruit, and no, they are not safe for your dog. While avocados are healthy for us to eat, they are unsafe for dogs to consume.
The pit, skin, and leaves of avocados contain persin, a toxin that can cause vomiting and diarrhea if consumed by a dog. The inside of the avocado does not have as much persin in it, but it is still enough to cause problems for your dog if they eat it.
Cherries are a definite no for fruits your dog can eat. Cherry plants contain cyanide which is toxic when consumed in large amounts.
Cyanide interrupts the transportation of oxygen to the body’s cells. This means the blood cells will contain deficient oxygen levels.
If you suspect your dog has cyanide poisoning, you should watch for breathing difficulties, pupil dilation, and red gums.
Both fresh grapes and raisins are a no-go for dogs. They are extremely toxic no matter what type of dog you have.
Consuming grapes can cause acute sudden kidney failure in canines. Always keep grapes and raisins away from your pup.
Rhubarb should be kept away from our four-legged friends. The plant can cause damage to their nervous systems, kidneys, and digestive tract if consumed.
If you notice your dog has eaten some rhubarb, keep an eye out for tremors, seizures, and heart problems.
The ripened fruit of a tomato plant is typically safe for dogs to consume. With that being said, the green parts and unripe tomatoes contain solanine, which is a toxin.
Dogs have to eat a large amount of it to become sick. It is still best to avoid feeding your pup tomatoes altogether to avoid any negative effects.
Seeds and Pits
It might seem like a good idea to throw your dogs the leftover scraps when you are cutting up fruit, but this is not the case. Most seeds and pits in fruits are dangerous for dogs to consume.
Many contain the toxic substance known as cyanide. Ingesting cyanide can cause severe sickness and can sometimes be fatal.
Beyond this, most seeds and pits are a choking hazard for pups. They can cause digestive problems if eaten, as well as intestinal blockages.
Fruits That Are Safe for Dogs
There are many great fruit options to feed your dog as a treat. Apples are a great treat option for your pup. They contain vitamins A and C, as well as fiber. You can read more in the Spot and Tango blog about giving apples to your pup if you want to give them as a treat.
Bananas are great for dogs and contain potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. They are low in calories but high in sugar, so feed them to your dog in moderation.
Blueberries are an excellent snack for your pup. The superfood packs a ton of antioxidants. They also contain fiber and phytochemicals, which are great for your dog’s health.
Mango is a good fruit option to give your dog. It contains vitamins A, B6, C, and E, as well as potassium, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene.
Strawberries contain both fiber and vitamin C. They also have an enzyme that whitens your dog’s teeth as they eat the berries, which is great for dental hygiene.
Other fruits that can safely be given to your dog in moderation include cantaloupe, cranberries, oranges, peaches, pears, pineapples, raspberries, and watermelon. If you are introducing any of these foods for the first time, supervise your dog while feeding them.
While many fruits are safe for dogs to eat and contain many health benefits for them, as well, some fruits are dangerous for our pups to consume.
Always make sure you know what your dog is eating and keep hazardous fruits away from your pup. Remove all seeds, pits, rinds, and stems before feeding fruits to your beloved pet. Many seeds and pits contain cyanide, which is toxic.
If your dog has eaten a fruit they are not supposed to, contact your vet to see what you can do and what you should monitor for. If they are vomiting or have diarrhea, make sure they stay well-hydrated, as dehydration can happen quickly.