Veterinarians generally warn against feeding your dog table scraps, but that doesn’t mean all food from your kitchen is off-limit to your dog. Some foods are actually good for both you and your dog. Can dogs eat fruit? What kind?
Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
Yes, dogs can eat bananas. They’re a great source of potassium, B6, and more. Bananas are good with rice to soothe a dog’s upset stomach.
Serving idea: Make a doggie PB&B. Mash a ripe banana with a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter. Stuff in a Kong and freeze. This will entertain your dog for quite some time.
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?
Yes, dogs can eat watermelon. Other melons like honeydew and cantaloupe are also safe for dogs. With any melon, make sure the seeds and rind are removed.
Serving idea: Freeze chunks and put them in your dog’s water bowl for a refreshing drink. Or simply chop and serve raw.
Can Dogs Eat Grapes?
No, dogs cannot eat grapes in any form. Both raisins and grapes have been connected to kidney failure in dogs.
Serving idea: Never.
Can Dogs Eat Oranges?
Yes, dogs can eat oranges. The fruit and pulp are good, but the rind and seeds are not. Peel and seed orange slices before giving them to your dog.
Serving idea: Mix 1 part orange juice with 1 part yogurt. Pour into small paper cups and freeze. Use a small dog biscuit as a stick and voila – doggie creamsicles.
What Other Fruits Can Dogs Eat?
Apples are fine for dogs (just remove the seeds, which contain cyanide). Blueberries and cranberries are also safe for dogs, as is pumpkin. If you choose to use canned pumpkin, be sure only to serve pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. It contains spices and seasoning that are bad for dogs.
Serving idea: Mix up a fruit salad. Try chopped apples, blueberries, and oranges for a tangy mix.
Many fruits are safe for dogs to eat. They’re healthy, natural alternatives to harmful table scraps and fatty dog treats. Next time you are having one of these fruits, offer your dog a piece and see if he likes it. You’re likely to find a treat you enjoy together.
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