10 Healthy Fruits for Dogs

10 Healthy Fruits for Dogs

Humans love fruit and we know bananas and strawberries are good for us, but did you know they are good for your dogs, too? Not only will your dog love that he is getting “human food,” but you will love that fruit provides our dogs with the same benefits it provides us like improved digestion, antioxidants, immunity boost, better eye sight, and healthier skin and hair.

Humans love fruit and we know bananas and strawberries are good for us, but did you know they are good for your dogs, too? Not only will your dog love that he is getting “human food,” but you will love that fruit provides our dogs with the same benefits it provides us like improved digestion, antioxidants, immunity boost, better eye sight, and healthier skin and hair.

Feed fruits to your dog as a small training treat or fill your dog’s favorite treat stuffer toy with some peanut butter and fruit for a great and healthy occupier.

Check out this list of 10 fruits (and melons) for dogs and their benefits to get you started:

  1. Apples: Source for potassium, fiber, phytonutrients, flavonoids, and vitamin C. Note: Do not give dogs the core or the seeds, which contain arsenic. (Half of an apple slice is a good-size treat.)
  2. Bananas: Source of potassium and carbohydrates. (A one-inch slice is a good-size treat.)
  3. Blackberries: Source of antioxidants (anthocyanins), poly-phenols, tannin, fiber, manganese, folate, and Omega-3. High in vitamins C, K, A and E. (Two or three blackberries is a good-size treat.)
  4. Blueberries: Source of antioxidants, selenium, zinc, and iron. High in vitamins C, E, A and B complex. (Two or three blueberries is a good-size treat.)
  5. Cantaloupe: Source for vitamins A, B complex, and C, plus fiber, beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, niacin, pantothenic acid, and folic acid. (A one-inch cantaloupe wedge is a good-size treat.)
  6. Kiwis: Source of fiber, potassium, and high in vitamin C. (A half a slice or one slice is a good-size treat.)
  7. Oranges: Source for fiber, potassium, calcium, folic acid, iron, flavonoids, phytonutrients, and vitamins A, C, B1, and B6. (Half of a segment is a good-size treat. Remove any seeds.)
  8. Pears: Source for fiber, folic acid, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, copper, pectin, and vitamins A, C, E, B1, and B2. (One or two cubes is a good-size treat.)
  9. Raspberries: Source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, potassium, manganese, copper, iron, magnesium. Rich in vitamin C, K and B-complex. (Two or three raspberries is a good-size treat.)
  10. Strawberries: Source for fiber, potassium, magnesium, iodine, folic acid, Omega-3 fats, and vitamins C, K, B1, and B6. (A half or one strawberry is a good-size treat.)

Although fruit in small portions can be good for your dog, never offer your dog raisins or grapes. They have caused many cases of poisoning when ingested by dogs. Avocados are also not recommended for dogs as they could cause gastrointestinal irritation.

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