Healthy Fruits for Dogs

Healthy Fruits for Dogs

fruit-heartHealthy fruits for dogs can be very beneficial, as they offer essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. They even help to boost their immune system! There is, however, good ones and the not so good. Let’s take a look at 10 GOOD fruits for this post……

As with anything new, if you are going to start giving your dog any of these, make sure you start with small amounts, one fruit at a time. This will help to avoid stomach upset. Also, if your dog has an allergic reaction, it will make it easier to determine the cause.

Raspberries

In moderation, your dog can enjoy these delicious berries which are high in dietary fiber, as well as low in calories and sugar. They are also an excellent source of antioxidants, manganese and vitamin C. They are good for heart health, stimulate metabolism to help with weight loss, may help prevent cancer, and anti-aging.

Blueberries

Considered a “superfood,” blueberries are an excellent choice to give your dog as a healthy snack! They contain vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, copper and dietary fiber.

These berries are also full of antioxidants, which help in fighting disease. They support heart health by lowering LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, obesity by being low calorie, and good bone density with vitamin K.

Strawberries

Like their blue cousins, strawberries are full of anti-inflammatory and anti-aging antioxidants. They also boast high fiber, vitamins A, C, E, B6, K, minerals, amino acids, and nutrients. This heart-shaped fruit even contains an enzyme that whitens teeth!

Blackberries

Another superfood, blackberries offer powerful antioxidants, including polyphenols, known for their cancer-fighting abilities. These berries are also loaded with nutrients, including manganese, which is great for brain health. In addition, you’ll find vitamins C, K, E, A and B5.

Cranberries

A miracle fruit in my book, these powerful little gems offer one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any fruit! They can prevent and treat urinary tract infections, reduce inflammation, can help prevent cancers, boosts the immune system, supports digestive tract, reduces the risk of heart disease. Next to all that, they are also a wonderful source of vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber.

Bananas

There are many good things about bananas, as long as your dog is eating them in moderation. They are rich in nutrients that could otherwise be difficult to get like vitamins B, C, and potassium. They are also boasting with fiber, which keeps our furry friends regular, and can help dogs with colon or bowel issues. Although this fruit in moderation can keep you regular, too much can cause constipation. Would recommend starting slowly with this one…

Apples

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” might just prove to be true with this fruit! Not only are they one of the best high fiber foods, they are also great for digestion, heart health, and aid in managing your weight. Although berries are still the highest in antioxidants, apples are a good runner-up. Along with that goodness, you’ll’also find vitamins C, K, B6, and manganese.

Oranges

As some may have been told otherwise, oranges are not toxic to dogs. As many of us know, this fruit is packed with vitamin C! They are also an excellent source of fiber, B vitamins, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin A, calcium, and potassium. The main concern would be that they are high in sugar, and could cause stomach upset. Maybe not the best choice for diabetic dogs.

Pears

Pears may not be the first choice for many to give to their dog, but they are actually a vitamin-packed fruit! You’ll get vitamin C to boost the immune system, vitamin K to increase bone density, potassium to support heart function, and B6 for brain health. The downside to this fruit is its high level of sugar, which can be problematic for diabetic dogs, cause tooth decay and cause stomach upset.

Watermelon

Who doesn’t LOVE watermelon on a hot, summer day?! I know we do! This is low calorie, detoxifying and hydrating fruit at about 91%. It’s a prominent source of vitamin C for immunity and repair, potassium for heart health, vitamin A for eye health. Because of this fruits high level of natural sugar, take caution in giving your dog large amounts. Can also cause stomach upset and/or constipation.

Conclusion

So there you have it, 10 delicious, healthy fruits for dogs. Enjoy these, together with your best furry friend for an amazing, nutritious treat! Be sure to check out my post on safe, healthy veggies for your dog at:

Healthy Vegetables for Dogs

Just a reminder….always remove seeds, stems,┬áleaves, and cores. Make sure to also cut in small, bite-size pieces to avoid choking. Like with anything new, introduce fruit one at a time, in small amounts, to determine if there will be an allergic reaction.

Feel free to leave any questions or comments below! What kind of fruit is your dogs favorite?? Would LOVE to hear from you!!

Enjoy!,

Marlaina B.


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