Your dog probably gives you woeful eyes when you are eating, and it is natural to want to share food with him. Some foods are safe to share with dogs, and some are not. The body of a dog depends mainly on protein from meat, but there are some fruits that are good for dogs, in limited quantities.
Healthy Fruits for Dogs
The fruits below contain nutrients, vitamins and minerals that can sustain your dog’s healthy immune system. If you feed your dog fruit, remember to remove the skin first. If you are not sure about any fruit, ask your veterinarian before you feed it to your dog.
Blueberries are wonderful for dogs, since they have helpful antioxidants. In fact, they are the most antioxidant-rich berry for dogs. They even reduce some dogs’ tearstains. You can serve frozen blueberries to your dog, in small portions.
Cranberries can fight and prevent urinary tract infections in humans, and they do the same for dogs. They lower your dog’s urine pH and make it more acidic. They are also high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Apple slices are a healthy treat for you and your dog. They help to clean his teeth and freshen his breath. They are good sources of vitamins and fiber. Be sure to remove the core and seeds before you treat your dog to apples. They can cause choking.
Pumpkin is great for dogs. It helps dogs with stomach issues, since its fiber absorbs water to ease upset stomachs. Pumpkin also packs antioxidants and vitamin A. It is especially good for overweight dogs, since it regulates sugar levels in the blood and boosts their cardiovascular health.
Cantaloupe provides a great source of vitamin A for your dog. It promotes good vision and contains vitamins B6 and C. It also has antioxidant properties. Cantaloupe is another fruit that is good for dogs that have sensitive stomachs, and it helps dehydrated dogs. Be sure not to give your dog any cantaloupe skin.
Bananas give your dog ready energy. They have natural sugars that are easily metabolized and converted into energy. They are also tasty for dogs. Bananas have vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and amino acids.
Foods that Are Toxic for Dogs
Just as the fruits above are healthy for your dog, some foods should not be fed to dogs. The most dangerous are garlic, onions, chocolate, raisins and grapes. Broccoli is dense in nutrients, but if you feed your dog more than 10% of his diet in broccoli, it causes problems with the toxic substance isothiocyanate. In smaller doses, broccoli is good for your dog.
Other foods that are toxic to dogs include:
- Fruits with seeds
- Macadamia nuts
- Yeast dough
- Xylitol (an artificial sweetener)
Remember to share only foods that are healthy with your dog. If you are in doubt, check with your veterinarian