Can dogs eat strawberries?

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Dogs can eat strawberries and these berries are full of healthy nutrients good for your dog. Strawberries contain a lot of sugar and although dogs can eat them, they should be fed in moderation.

Most berries, including strawberries (and raspberries), are safe for dogs to eat. These red berries contain high amounts of fibre, potassium and vitamin B1, B6, C and K as well as an enzyme that can help whiten your pup’s teeth. The best way of feeding strawberries is by washing them, removing the stem and cutting them up into small pieces to avoid a choking hazard or by mashing them up and added to your dog’s food. Your dog’s food should be complete and shouldn’t need supplementing, but this could be a great way to entice a fussy dog to eat its food.

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Avoid strawberries if your dog is diabetic due to the large amounts of sugar in these small berries. If your dog starts to show signs of an upset stomach stop feeding strawberries and consult a veterinarian. Do not feed strawberries that are canned, in syrup or have had any sweeteners added as these can be toxic to dogs.

Sugary strawberries are not the best to be feeding on the regular, but they can make a great occasional treat for your dog, paired with a complete and balanced dog food, and Pure is just that. Packed with goodness and nutrients, Pure works to nourish your pet from the inside out, helping them to stay happy and healthy.