A Guide to Fruits for Dogs: Which Ones to Offer and Which Ones to Avoid

Jun 18, 2024

When it comes to treating our furry friends to a fruity snack, it's essential to know which fruits are safe and beneficial for them and which ones could potentially pose risks to their health.

That's why today, we're dishing out the scoop on fruits for dogs – helping you make informed choices.


Safe and Delicious Fruits for Dogs

Let's start with the good news – there are plenty of fruits that dogs can enjoy as a tasty and nutritious treat! Some top picks include:

  1. Apples: Packed with fibre and vitamin C, apples make a crunchy and refreshing snack for your pup. Just be sure to remove the seeds and core, as it can be a choking hazard and seeds are toxic.

  2. Blueberries: These little blue gems are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, making them a paw-some choice for supporting your dog's immune system and overall health.

  3. Bananas: Rich in potassium and vitamins B6 and C, bananas are a sweet and satisfying treat that many dogs adore. Just remember to offer them in moderation, as they can be high in sugar or pick green bananas that are lower in sugar.

  4. Strawberries: Bursting with flavour and packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, strawberries are a summertime favorite for dogs. Just be sure to remove the green tops before serving.

  5. Watermelon: With its high water content and abundance of vitamins A, B6, and C, watermelon is a hydrating and refreshing treat for dogs, especially on hot days. Just be sure to remove the seeds and rind before offering it to your pup.

Proceed with Caution with These Fruits

While many fruits are safe for dogs, there are a few that pet parents should approach with caution or avoid altogether. These include:
  1. Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins can be toxic to dogs and may cause kidney damage or failure. It's best to steer clear of these fruits entirely.

  2. Cherries: While the flesh of cherries is generally safe for dogs to eat in small amounts, the pits contain cyanide and can pose a choking hazard. Be sure to remove the pits and stems before offering cherries to your pup.

  3. Citrus Fruits: While small amounts of citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes are generally safe for dogs, the high acidity can upset their stomach and cause digestive issues. They don't offer much nutritional benefits either. It's best to offer these fruits in moderation and monitor your dog for any adverse reactions.


When it comes to feeding your pup fruits, remember to stick to safe options like apples, blueberries, bananas, berries, and watermelon, and always offer them in moderation.

If you're unsure about whether a particular fruit is safe for your dog, it's best to consult with your vet.

So go ahead, treat your pup to the fruity goodness they deserve – just remember to choose wisely and enjoy those tail-wagging moments together!


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