There is a fantastic range of pet foods available on the market with which you can feed your dog. However, as a loving owner, there are probably occasions when you may like to share some of your own treats with your dog. While some food that humans eat are perfectly safe for dogs to eat, this is not the case for all foods. One treat you may wish to share with your dog is fruit. Whether your favorite fruit is raspberries or grapes, there are plenty of tasty choices when it comes to fruit. Here is an overview of whether you can feed your dog raspberries and many other types of fruit.
Raspberries and Strawberries
In general, raspberries are safe for your dog to eat in moderation. However, it is important to note that this fruit has quite a high sugar content and this is something to which dogs are not accustomed to in their regular diet. Therefore, you should only give them raspberries as a treat rather than for a full meal. Similarly, strawberries are also safe, but you should remove the leaves and stem first.
Grapes and Raisins
Of all the fruits you could give your dog, grapes and raisins are the ones that you should avoid the most. Although scientists have yet to find out the reasons why grapes and raisins trigger a severe reaction in dogs, it is known that they are dangerous. They become ill within a few hours of eating these. Most dogs will urinate frequently and start to vomit. In extreme cases, it can cause kidney failure, send a dog into a coma and even lead to death. Although not every dog will have such a severe reaction, it is best not to take the risk.
Apples and Pears
Apples and pears are two of the most common fruits people buy from their grocery store. The flesh of apples is completely safe for a dog to eat. However, the seeds of an apple contain a toxic that can cause illness. Therefore, if you are planning to give your dog apples, then you should always remove the core of the apple that contains the seeds first. The same rules apply when giving your dog pears.
Just like apples and pears, it is important to remove the pips of an orange first. You should also remove the peel. Once the peel and pips have been removed, it is safe to give your dog oranges as a treat. This is best as a treat rather than a regular item in their diet due to the high sugar content.
The advice in relation to feeding peaches comes in two halves. First, the flesh of a peach is safe and is a tasty treat that your dog may enjoy just as much as you. The second piece of advice relating to peaches is not to allow them to eat the stone. Many pet owners may think of a peach stone, or kernel, as being similar to giving a dog a bone to gnaw on. However, the stones contain small doses of cyanide, which is a toxin. For this reason, you should never allow your dog to eat the kernel of a peach.
As a rule, most dogs do not like blueberries, but if your dog likes them, they are fine to give them as a treat. Just like raspberries, strawberries, and oranges, they are best given as a treat rather than as a regular part of their diet.
If you have more adventurous tastes in fruit and enjoy tropical flavors, then you may buy a wide range of different fruits that are now widely available throughout the year. These may include watermelons, coconuts, mangoes, bananas, and pineapple. There is different advice for each of these fruits if you are considering giving them to your dog.
With watermelons, you need to either buy a seedless watermelon or remove the seeds yourself before giving it to your dog. Pineapples are completely safe, but you do, of course, need to remove the skin and hard leaves. Bananas are safe if you take the peel off first and just serve the flesh. Mango flesh is also fine, but you should remove the stone as this can block the digestive tract if eaten by a dog. In moderation, both the flesh of coconuts and coconut milk are fine for dogs and there are actually health benefits for dogs in eating coconut oil.