Pawsome Produce: A Guide to Dog Friendly Fruit
Can dogs eat fresh fruit?
YES, dogs can eat fresh fruit, in moderation.
are safe, and even beneficial for dogs, providing them with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. However, before you start loading up on the fresh fruit, it's important to note that not all fruits are safe for dogs to consume and should always be given in moderation.
Here are some dog-friendly fruits that you can your pup can share:
Apples (remove the seeds and core, as they contain cyanide)
Pears (remove the seeds and core)
Cranberries (in small amounts and unsweetened)
Coconut (small amounts of fresh coconut meat or coconut water)
Cantaloupe (remove seeds and rind)
Honeydew melon (remove seeds and rind)
Pear (remove seeds and core)
Cherries (remove seeds and stems)
Mango (remove pit and skin)
Passionfruit (remove seeds and skin)
Starfruit (remove seeds and tough outer edges)
Persimmon (remove seeds and skin)
Jackfruit (remove seeds and tough outer skin)
Peaches (remove the pit and skin)
Plums (remove the pit)
Apricots (remove the pit and skin)
Papaya (remove the seeds and skin)
Kiwi (remove the skin)
Watermelon (remove seeds and rind)
Oranges (in small amounts, as they can be acidic and upset tummies)
Pineapple (in moderation, as it can be high in natural sugars)
Mangoes (remove the pit and skin)
Before adding fruit into your dog's diet, it's always a good idea to consult with your
veterinarian. They can provide specific recommendations based on your dog's individual needs and any potential health considerations.
Remember, always introduce new fruits gradually and in moderation.
While many fruits are safe for dogs to eat, there are some risks to be aware of:
Some fruits and their seeds or pits can be toxic to dogs. For example: grapes,
raisins, cherries (seeds and stems), avocados, and citrus fruits (large amounts or peels). These
can cause various health issues ranging from gastrointestinal upset to more severe conditions.
Dogs can have allergies or sensitivities to certain fruits, just like humans. Watch for
any signs of allergic reactions such as itching, swelling, hives, or digestive problems. If you
notice any adverse reactions, discontinue feeding that fruit and consult with a veterinarian.
Introducing new fruits or feeding them in excessive amounts can lead to
digestive upset, including diarrhea or upset stomach.
Fruits naturally contain sugars, and some fruits, like mangoes or pineapples,
can be higher in natural sugars. Feeding too much fruit with high sugar content may contribute to weight gain or dental problems. As with all things in life, moderation is key.
Looking for a tasty recipe to get your pup started? Try this out
Fruity Freezer Nummy-Yummy
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh strawberries (hulled and chopped)
1/2 cup plain, low fat yogurt (make sure it does not contain artificial sweeteners like xylitol)
Water (as needed to adjust consistency)
-Mash the ripe banana in a bowl until smooth.
-Add the fresh blueberries and chopped strawberries to the bowl and mix well.
-Add the plain yogurt to the mixture and stir until all the ingredients are well combined. If the mixture seems too thick, you can add a small amount of water to adjust the consistency.
-Pour the mixture into ice cube trays or silicone molds.
-Place the trays or molds in the freezer and let them freeze for a few hours or until solid.
With puppy and kitty love,
Lily the dog Mama