Can My Dog Eat This? 6 Spring Seasonal Fruits Dogs Can Eat
It’s spring! Trees are blooming, and fruits are of plenty. Yes, we humans love fruit and we know strawberries and mangoes are yummy (especially this time of year). Did you know that there are 6 spring seasonal fruits that are good for your dogs, too? We have done our homework and you dog will receive the same benefits as us – aids in digestion, antioxidants, immunity boosts, better eyesight, healthier skin and hair.
Before we jump into fruits, keep in mind dogs and humans metabolize foods differently. There are many human foods that are perfectly safe and even healthy for dogs to eat as an occasional treat.
Here are some yummy spring seasonal fruits your Doggo Can Eat.
1. Pineapple: Can Eat
Cut up fresh pineapple into small chunks and in a small portion. Small amounts of pineapple are safe for dogs.
Additionally, pineapple is full of many vitamins, minerals and fiber, making it an excellent nutrient-dense snack for your dog (want more facts, Pineapple Nutrition Facts).
Why small amounts? Similar to other foods, dogs may experience symptoms like nausea and diarrhea if they eat too much pineapple. Keep it two to three 1in pieces.
2. Strawberries: Can Eat
In moderation, strawberries are makes for a great treat.
These yummy berries are a healthy treat because they are low in calories, high in nutrients, antioxidants and fiber.
Strawberries makes for a great treat so long as you cut the berries into small pieces. Why? This way you can prevent your doggo from choking.
Want to get the nutritional facts, click here: Strawberries Nutrition Facts
3. Mango: Can Eat
It’s mango season, yum! Yes, dogs can eat mango as an occasional treat.
Mangoes are very healthy for dogs in small amounts, as they provide several vitamins and minerals, in addition to lots of fiber.
Khudos to fiber, before you serve this yummy treat make sure to peel and pit them, as the skin can be hard for him to digest and the pit is a choking hazard.
We know you love mango sweetness, here are some facts about them: Mango Nutrition Facts
4. Oranges: Can Eat
Orange you glad, dogs can eat them!
Oranges are an excellent treat for dogs because they are high in nutrients and low in calories. Oranges are a good source of fiber, potassium, calcium, folic acid, iron, flavonoids, phythonutrients, vitamins A, C, B1 and B6.
Keep the portion size small. Better yet, half a small orange is good enough. If you serve more than this, your dog may experience an upset stomach. Remove the peel, rind and any seeds.
Get more facts and benefits here: Oranges Nutrition Facts
Feeling a little exotic! Here are some other fruits you might want to try…
5. Kiwis: Can Eat
Ah, the feel of the tropics after winter is so refreshing. Khudos to Kiwis, doggos can eat them! Kiwis are a good source of fiber, potassium and high in vitamin C. A half a slice of kiwi is a good portion. Like most fruit, keep the portion small.
Get the facts: Kiwis Nutrition Facts
6. Kumquats: Can Eat
Like Kiwis, kumquats have edible skins. Kumquats unlike kiwis are part of the citrus family and are one of the rare branches of citrus whose skin and pulp are edible for humans (want more facts, Kumquats Nutrition Facts).
In a concentrated form, citrus oil derived from the rind of these fruits can irritate a dog’s skin on the outside and the liver on the inside. To keep this yummy treat safe, we always recommend peeling kumquats and other citrus fruits before serving to your doggo.
Ah, the sweetness and yumminess of fruits. Enjoy!
Take away these Safety Tips for Feeding spring seasonal fruit to your dogs.
1. Always talk to your veterinarian about any treats you feed your dog, including fruit.
2. Give your dog small portions of fruit only, especially the first time feeding them to your dog. Even though fruit is good for him, fruit is not calorie free. Also, you don’t know if your dog will have an allergic or other adverse reaction, such as gas or an upset stomach.
3. Clean fruit thoroughly before offering it to your dog.
4. If you can, introduce small portions of fruit to your dog when he is young. He may be more likely to try it and like it.
5. Some dogs don’t like raw fruit. Try mashing it into their food or adding it as an ingredient when you make homemade dog treats. You can also use fruit juice, but make sure it is 100 percent fruit juice and not added sugars.
6. Avoid feeding your dog any type of seeds or pits. Although not all seeds are known to cause problems, it is better to be safe than sorry. What is known to be problematic or toxic are apple seeds, apricot pits, nectarine pits, plum pits, cherry pits and peach pits
The Bottom Line
Some human foods are safe and healthy for dogs to eat, while others are harmful and could even be deadly.
Stay tuned for more next week, “Spring Seasonal Fruits My Dog Cannot Eat”
- Patricia Salazar