Can Dogs Eat...
Dogs (including puppies) love apples. They’re high in fibre and antioxidants while also providing vitamin A and C to your dog. However, apple seeds contain cyanide (just like pears) and you should not feed your dog the apple core and seeds.
Avocados have a chemical called persin in them which can be toxic to dogs. In large quantities it can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, myocardial damage and stomach upset, but many dogs can eat avocados in small amounts.
High in potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6, bananas are a great snack for dogs and even recommended by some vets as an alternative to treats. Bananas do contain a lot of sugar, so you need to feed these to your dog in moderation.
Dogs can eat blueberries and do not pose a toxicity threat to your dog. Blueberries are a safe, healthy snack that provide a good source of fibre, antioxidants and vitamin C while being low in sugar. Try freezing the blueberries to change it up for your dog and create a new tasty treat or a frozen fruit salad with the dog-safe fruit melon.
Coconut oil is regarded as one of the healthiest oils you could give your dog but coconut on its own should be fed in moderation and can cause stomach upset in some dogs. If you are going to give coconut to your dog opt for fresh young coconut meat. The shell of a coconut can cause intestinal obstruction and should be avoided.
Grapes and raisins (raisins are simply dried grapes) are not suitable for dogs to eat and are toxic to dogs. Dogs should not eat grapes as even small amounts could be fatally toxic. If a dog ate some grapes, they could suffer from severe kidney damage, vomiting and a sensitive stomach.
Dogs can eat mango, including the skin but be aware that dogs could choke on a mango seed and the skin can be difficult to digest so it’s best to remove it. The seed of a mango is a serious choking hazard and contains small amounts of cyanide and should be avoided.
Fed in moderation, melons are safe for your dog to eat. They are a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Melons do have high sugar content and shouldn’t be fed in high volumes, if you have a diabetic dog you should avoid feeding melons.
We all have the urge to share a little bit of our food with our dogs especially when they give us the puppy eyes. But you should be wary of any foods containing nuts.
Although nuts are a great addition to any human diet, for a doggy diet as a general rule of thumb, you should avoid them. Some nuts are toxic to dogs, some are choking hazards and most lead to obesity and pancreas issues.
Onion toxicity is a real concern and can dramatically affect the health of your dog. If you think your dog has eaten any sort of onions (including foods in the same family e.g chives, leeks, shallots, garlic etc.), whether cooked, raw, powdered etc. consult a veterinary professional.
Oranges, tangerines and clementines are not toxic to dogs. However, dogs should not eat the peel of an orange; it’s hard to digest and break down sometimes causing gastrointestinal upset.
Pears are safe for dogs to eat but their seeds contain traces of cyanide (similar to apples). Make sure before feeding pears you remove the seeds. The best way of feeding pears is by slicing them into small pieces, removing the seeds and feeding only a couple to your dog.
Pineapples can be a healthy treat for dogs in moderation and provide a lot of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C. Canned pineapple should be avoided as it usually includes a lot of added sugar and could cause digestion issues. When feeding your dog pineapple, you should slice the pineapple up, remove the outer skin and remove the core of the pineapple as both can be harmful to your dog’s insides.
Most berries, including raspberries (and strawberries), are safe for your dog to eat. However, they do contain natural xylitol which is a sweetener that can be toxic to dogs and contribute to liver disease and hypoglycaemia. This doesn’t mean they are toxic to your dog as the amount of xylitol is small compared to other substances like toothpaste, but you should only feed them in moderation and never as a consistent diet.
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.
Dogs can eat watermelon however; the rinds and seeds of watermelons can cause serious health problems. Made up of 92% water, watermelon is a great way to get fluids into your dog’s diet. Watermelon is packed full of nutrients such as vitamin A, B6 and C while also being low in calories.
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