10 Best Fruits for Dogs
Not only is fruit great—and delicious!—for humans, but did you know they can be good for your dogs, too? While dogs don’t need fruit to be at their healthiest, the addition of fresh fruits to your pup’s normal diet, with permission and instructions from your vet, can provide them with an added boost of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as some always-welcome extra hydration.
Not only will your dog love that he is getting “human treat,” but you will love that the same benefits fruits provide digestive support, antioxidants, immunity boosts, better eyesight, healthier skin and hair—with your pup. Let’s take a look at ten fruits that dogs can eat.
An important thing to remember, however, when it comes to feeding your dog fruit is that while many fruits are great for dogs, not all of them are. In addition to checking out our list of the fruits that you shouldn’t feed your furry friend at the bottom of this page, you should also be sure to pay attention to how your dog responds to certain fruits. If you notice signs of an upset stomach or another discomfort, don’t feed them that type of fruit anymore—even if it’s otherwise safe for them.
An apple a day might not keep the vet away, but slices or otherwise small bits of apple make excellent treats and meal toppers. Just be sure not to feed your dog any apple seeds, since they contain small amounts of cyanide and also pose a choking risk.
Benefits: Contain vitamin A, vitamin C, and fibre, and there are also phytochemicals in the skin, which have been found to combat the growth of cancer cells. Help clean teeth and freshen breath.
Bananas have a ton of health benefits for our furry friends. They’re also innately portable, making them a good snack to bring along for the two of you to share on long walks.
Benefits: Contain high amounts of potassium, fibre, and vitamin C. Bananas are good for your dog’s digestion, as well as their heart and muscles.
It’s safe to share blackberries with your pooch, though use your best judgment in terms of cutting them up into smaller bites. Stick to sweeter blackberries, instead of tart ones, which your dog will likely prefer.
Benefits: Contain vitamins C and K, manganese, and fibre. Have antibacterial properties that support good oral health.
Dogs tend to love blueberries, which are already perfectly sized as treats for mouths both big and small. If you’re dealing with a tiny dog or a big blueberry though, cut the berry in half before serving.
Benefits: Contain vitamins C and K, as well as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and antioxidants. A low sugar profile makes blueberries a good treat for diabetic dogs.
Cantaloupe is a safe and healthy fruit for your dog to enjoy, but avoid feeding the rind, since the rough texture can cause intestinal damage.
Benefits: Contains vitamins A, B-6, and C, as well as fibre, potassium, folate, and niacin. High doses of beta-carotene, which is good for your dog’s vision and immune system.
Thanksgiving isn’t the only reason to stock these sweet treats in your home. Cranberries can be fed to your dog raw, cooked, or dried, but skip the sugar-laden cranberry sauce (sorry, Fido).
Benefits: Contain vitamins C and E, as well as a range of B vitamins, including thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and B-6. Great for bladder health, gum health, and immune health.
Go ahead and feed papaya to your pup. The flesh of this exotic fruit makes an excellent snack, so long as you don’t feed the skin or seeds.
Benefits: Contain vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as folate, fibre, calcium, and potassium. Aid in everything from heart health and immune health to eye health and digestion.
When consumed in moderation, raspberries serve as a delicious treat for your dog. And most dogs seem to like them, especially when they’re at their peak sweetness in summer.
Benefits: Contain vitamin C, folic acid, copper, magnesium, fibre, and antioxidants. Thought to help fight against cancer, circulatory disease, and age-related decline.
Like most other berries, strawberries are chock-full of antioxidants. For safe feeding, slice off the leaves at the top first and then quarter the strawberry. If your dog is small, cut each quarter in half (or smaller).
Benefits: Contain vitamins C, B-6, K, and E, as well as folate, potassium, and manganese. Provide a big boost to the health of the immune system, help regulate blood sugar, and act as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Nothing is quite as satisfying on a hot day as a juicy slice of watermelon, and our dogs agree. Just don’t feed the rind or seeds, which are difficult for your dog to digest.
Benefits: Contain vitamins A, B-6, and C, as well as thiamin, which helps convert fat, protein, and carbohydrates into energy. High in lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against cell damage.