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What fruit can my dog eat?

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It's great to know which fruits can be safely enjoyed by your dog as occasional treats. Here are some guidelines and examples of safe and unsafe fruits for dogs:

Safe Fruits for Dogs

These fruits can be given in moderation as part of a balanced diet:

  • Apples: Remove the seeds and core before feeding. Apples are a good source of vitamins A and C.
  • Pears: Like apples, make sure to remove the seeds and core. Pears provide fibre and vitamins.
  • Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
  • Watermelon: Ensure the rind and seeds are removed. Watermelon is hydrating and a source of vitamins A, B6, and C.
  • Bananas: Bananas are high in potassium and fibre. They can be mashed or baked into dog-safe treats.

Fruits to Avoid

These fruits are toxic or dangerous for dogs and should be avoided:

  • Avocado: Contains persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs.
  • Grapes and Raisins: Can cause kidney failure, even in small amounts.
  • Cherries: The pits, stems, and leaves contain cyanide, which is toxic to dogs. The pits can also cause intestinal blockages.
  • Plums: Similar to cherries, the pits contain toxins and can cause blockages.

Tips for Feeding Fruit to Your Dog

  1. Moderation: Too much fruit can lead to stomach upset due to its high sugar and fibre content.
  2. Introduce Slowly: If your dog hasn’t had a particular fruit before, start with a small piece to monitor for any adverse reactions.
  3. Preparation: Always wash the fruit thoroughly, remove any seeds, pits, or cores, and cut it into bite-sized pieces to prevent choking.

By following these guidelines, you can safely incorporate a variety of fruits into your dog's diet as healthy, enjoyable treats. Always consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns or questions about your dog's diet and health.

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