Fruits That Are Safe For A Dog September 19, 2015 Health & Nutrition Imagine a lifetime of only dry kibble…. BORING! Add some fruits to your dog’s diet to give him some extra vitamins and minerals, not to mention a delicious treat! As with any moderation to a dog’s diet, introduce things slowly and in small amounts. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your veterinarian. Apples: Apples are a great source of potassium, fibre, and vitamin C. Pectin, which is found in the apple’s skin, produces short-chain fatty acids that help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria – making this a great cancer fighting food! While an apple and its peel are safe for your dog, the seeds and core are not. Bananas: Bananas contain a good amount of potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and fiber. Keep in mind that too much banana can cause constipation so if your dog is prone to this, then limit the amount you give. Blueberries: Blueberries are mini powerhouses of antioxidants for dogs and humans. They also contain a significant level of resveratrol, a compound that is found to have anti-cancer qualities. Blueberries also help prevent urinary tract infections. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain a chemical called lycopene, which has the ability to reduce the risk of some cancers. They are also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. While tomatoes are safe for your dog in moderation, the plant itself is extremely poisonous so be sure to only give your dog pieces of tomato and none of the greenery attached. Watermelon: Watermelon contains lycopene (even more than tomatoes) so this is another good anti-cancer fruit! It also contains vitamin A, B6 and C. Given its high water concentration, it’s also great for hydration! Raspberries: Raspberries are a source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, potassium, manganese, copper, iron, and magnesium. They are also rich in vitamin C, K and B-complex. Strawberries: Strawberries are a source of fiber, potassium, magnesium, iodine, folic acid, omega-3 fats, vitamins C, K, B1 and B6. They are packed with lots of goodies and absolutely delicious! Cranberries: Just like blueberries, cranberries contain a significant level of resveratrol, a compound that is found to have anti-cancer qualities. They are also known to help prevent urinary tract infections. Cantaloupe: Cantaloupes are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber and potassium. Pumpkin: Pumpkin is a source of fiber, beta-carotene, zinc, iron, potassium and vitamin A. It’s also great for your dog’s digestive health. If your dog has diarrhea or is constipated, a tablespoon of canned pumpkin can often help things along! Keep in mind that introducing new foods into your pet’s diet may cause stomach issues such as vomiting or diarrhea. Be cautious to introduce only one new fruit or vegetable at a time to help you spot any health changes. As always, if your dog has a serious reaction bring them to your veterinarian immediately. Online sources of info: 1) www.dogchannel.com 2) www.cdndogs.ca 3) www.petmd.com ToniaTonia has owned her own dog walking company and been a full-time professional dogwalker for over 4 years. She is a member of Pet Sitters International and the Pet Professional Guild (the Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals). She volunteers weekly at a local dog shelter where she gets to feed and spend time with many furry friends. She started Dogwalker World to share her knowledge and passion about dogs and their natural instinct to walk and explore. She believes (and knows) that walking your dog can be a fun activity that will only strengthen your bond with them. This website is her dedication to you to ensure that you find the tools and advice necessary to make walking your dog a success! Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.