The good folks at The Farmer’s Dog suggest adding fruit to your dog’s diet so Fido can reap the same health benefits you do while enjoying a fresh-from-the-garden (or orchard) snack! What’s safe to give them? Check out this top five list of fruits your dog can enjoy with you.
Apples – Packed with fiber and vitamins A and C, an occasional apple is a great way to add extra nutrients to your dog’s diet. In addition, their low protein and fat content makes them the perfect snack for senior dogs. Always remove the seeds and core before offering them up to your pup, as apple seeds contain cyanide and can have poisonous effects on your dog if consumed regularly over time.
Blueberries – A superfood for humans and dogs alike, blueberries are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals, which can prevent and fight disease. Share the health next time you’re whipping up a smoothie and toss a few berries into your dog’s bowl. Just beware of blue puppy kisses.
Cantaloupe – Prosciutto and melon should be saved for your human guests, but a slice of cantaloupe contains a heaping dose of dog-friendly nutrients. Filled with beta-carotene, fiber, folate, niacin, potassium, and vitamins A, B-6, and C, this sweet melon is a nutritional powerhouse for your pup. Don’t forget to remove the seeds and rind, as they can both cause stomach and digestive issues.
Strawberries – Strawberry fields forever… in moderation. Strawberries are high in sugar and need to be given in small portions but they’re a great source of fiber and vitamin C.
Watermelon – Cut an extra (seed-free) slice next time you take a family trip to the beach! Like apples, watermelon seeds and rinds can cause intestinal blockage and digestion problems. Watermelon is 92% water, making it a tasty way to keep your dog hydrated on a hot summer afternoon. Packed with potassium and vitamins A, B-6, and C, it will have your pup chasing waves all day.
Please note: the photo above shows a grape. Do NOT give grapes or raisins to your dog. They are toxic for canines.
Fruit salad! Yummy, yummy! (For those of you who enjoy a good Wiggles children’s band reference.)
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!