What Fruits Can Dogs Eat
We know that dogs are carnivores who eat some omnivorous foods (i.e. vegetables, fruit etc.), but what fruits are safe for dogs to eat? Read on to find out!
Can Dogs Eat Oranges
Yes, oranges are safe for dogs to eat in small quantities. Oranges are not toxic for dogs and citrus should not have a negative effect on them, but oranges are high in sugar and can cause obesity if they eat too much.
Oranges are fine as a treat, but you should only feed your dog a segment or two at the most. Remember that your dog’s diet should mostly be made up of dog food.
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon
Yes, the flesh of the watermelon is safe for dogs to eat. However, the seeds can cause intestinal blockage in canines, so remove any seeds before feeding the watermelon to your dog. The rind can cause gastrointestinal upsets, so it’s not recommended for dogs.
Watermelon flesh only has 50 calories per cup and is made up of 92% water, so it’s a great way to keep your dog hydrated in the summer. You shouldn’t feed your dog too much watermelon as too much water can be dangerous, but a few segments now and then as a healthy treat won’t cause any harm.
Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes
Yes, dogs can eat the ripe flesh of tomatoes. However, tomatoes do contain some properties that are harmful for dogs. One of these harmful properties is solanine a substance found in the stem and leaves of tomatoes. Solanine is harmful for dogs if consumed in large quantities, but it is only found in leaves, stems and green tomatoes.
Dogs can eat ripe tomatoes, but unripe tomatoes can be dangerous. If you grow tomatoes in your garden, consider buying a fence or keeping the tomatoes in a greenhouse.
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple
Yes, small quantities of fresh, raw pineapple can be a nice treat for dogs. Avoid feeding your dog large amounts of pineapple because it is high in fibre and sugar, which can cause digestive issues if your furry friend eats too much.
The spiky skin and tough core of the pineapple could also cause issues in dogs, so stick to feeding them the flesh. While raw pineapple is safe for dogs in small amounts, canned pineapple should be avoided as they contain syrup. Syrup is way too sugary for dogs and should be avoided.
Can Dogs Have Cherries
The flesh of a cherry is safe for dogs in small quantities, but the pit, stem and leaves contain cyanide which is poisonous and potentially deadly for dogs if consumed in high quantities.
The cherry pits have the additional danger of getting stuck in your dog’s digestive tract, which could lead to intestinal blockages.
If your dog manages to get hold of cherries which still contain pips, stems and leaves, check them for signs of cyanide poisoning. Symptoms of cyanide poisoning includes bright red gums, dilated pupils and difficulty breathing. Call your vet if you’re worried about cyanide poisoning.
Can Dogs Eat Grapefruit
No, dogs cannot eat grapefruit. Grapefruit contains essential oils which are beneficial for humans but unfortunately toxic to dogs. You should not feed your dog the flesh, peel or seeds of a grapefruit.
If your dog manages to get hold of grapefruit by themselves, check for the following symptoms:
- Behaviour/mood changes such as depression
Can Dogs Have Cranberries
Dried cranberries which come with other fried fruits are not safe because they often come with raisins, which are toxic for dogs.
Cranberry juice and dishes that have cranberry in the, are risky because they may contain grape juice, alcohol, sugar and other harmful ingredients.
Can Dogs Eat Papaya
Yes, the papaya fruit is safe for dogs if it is given in small, infrequent quantities with the seeds removed.
Papaya seeds contain small amounts of cyanide which can be dangerous for dogs, plus the seeds can also cause intestinal blockages. Remove all seeds and chop the flesh of the fruit up before feeding it to your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate
No, dogs should not be fed pomegranate. Pomegranates contains antioxidants such as tannins which can cause digestive problems and vomiting or diarrhoea in dogs. Pomegranate seeds are especially difficult for dogs to digest and can cause stomach upsets.
Can Dogs Eat Figs
Yes, figs are safe and even beneficial for dogs when fed in small quantities. In small doses, fogs can help dogs lose weight, they are beneficial for the colon, and they help keep blood pressure down.
However, feeding your dog more than a few figs can cause stomach problems, vomiting, diarrhoea, and even rashes and inflammation. Stick to feeding your dog one or two figs every so often.
Can Dogs Eat Mango
Yes, peeled, pitted mangoes are safe for dogs in small quantities. The mango pips are a choking hazard and contain small amounts of cyanide, which has the potential to be deadly for dogs when consumed in large quantities.
As mangoes ae high in fibre and contain natural sugars, they can cause stomach ache and digestive problems when your dog eats too much of them.
Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe
You should avoid feeding the cantaloupe rind to your dog as it can cause digestive problems and choking in dogs.
Like any other fruit, cantaloupe should be fed to your dog in small quantities. Too much fruit can cause obesity in dogs, so should only be used as an occasional treat.
Can Dogs Eat Dates
However, they should be fed in moderation because too many dates can cause stomach upsets or weight gain. The pits are not toxic, but they are a choking hazard and should be removed.
Yes, the kiwi fruit is safe for dogs in small quantities. Dogs would not have evolved to eat kiwi in the wild and so they are not necessary for a healthy diet, but a bit of kiwi now and again won’t cause any harm.
As with all fruit, too much can give your dog stomach problems and should only be fed to your dog in moderation.
Can Dogs Eat Peaches
Peach stones, leaves and stems contain cyanide, which is both toxic and, in the case of the stone, a choking hazard.
Peaches bought from the supermarket may be sprayed with toxic pesticides which could make your dog sick, so thoroughly wash the peach before feeding it to your canine companion.
No, dogs cannot eat lemons. Your dog is unlikely to enjoy the sour, bitter taste of a lemon in any case, but lemons also have aromatic oils and compounds which, while beneficial to humans, are both toxic and can cause digestive problems in dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Raspberries
As with all fruit, raspberries should only be fed when they are raw, fresh and are not served with cream, chocolate or other foods.
Raspberries contain xylitol, a natural sweetener which can be toxic to dogs in large doses as it contributes to liver disease and hypoglycaemia.
You should only feed your dog a few raspberries – about a handful and less than a cup worth – once in a while.
Yes, blackberries contain healthy antioxidants, fibre and vitamins which are beneficial for your dog’s health when consumed in small doses. Like all fruit, blackberries should only be given to your dog in moderation.
Can Dogs Eat Plums
The plum pit contains cyanide, which is harmful for dogs. Swallowing the pit can cause damage and digestive obstruction in dogs, so you should keep un-pitted plums out of the reach of dogs.