People love fruit because it is sweet as well as being loaded with nutrients that are excellent for your body. Any pet owner who has ever dropped a piece of fruit on the ground only to see their dog snatch it up and eat it as quickly as possible quickly realizes that pets love fruit too. What many pet owners do not know about fruit is that certain types are also good for your pet’s body, and others are not. As we have stated many times, your pet’s body is not exactly like yours, and reacts differently to many foods than yours does. Just because you can enjoy a certain food does not mean your pet can as well, without getting sick or worse.
Below is a list of fruits that are good for your pet, although we should note that feeding your pet too much fruit can cause them to become sick, have an upset stomach and also get diarrhea. Small amounts in moderation of these fruits are fine.
Apples: They are loaded with potassium, fiber, phytonutrients, flavonoids, vitamin C. However we should also mention to not give dogs the core or the seeds. Apple cores and seeds contain arsenic.
Bananas: These tasty treats are full of potassium and high in carbohydrates.
Blueberries: High levels of antioxidants, selenium, zinc and iron. Also very high in vitamins C, E, A and B complex.
Blackberries: High levels of antioxidants, polyphenols, tannin, fiber, manganese, folate, omega-3. Additionally high in vitamins C, K, A and E.
Raspberries: Loaded with dietary fiber, antioxidants, potassium, manganese, copper, iron, magnesium. Also source of vitamin C, K and B-complex.
Cranberries: High levels of vitamin C, fiber and manganese. These treats assist healing of urinary tract infections. Additionally balances acid-base in dog’s body.
Strawberries: Chock full of fiber, potassium, magnesium, iodine, folic acid, omega-3 fats, vitamins C, K, B1 and B6.
Kiwis: Lots of fiber, potassium and high in vitamin C.
Pears: Loaded in fiber, folic acid, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, copper, pectin and vitamins A, C, E, B1 and B2.
Watermelon: High concentrations of vitamins C and A, potassium, magnesium and water. However you should not feed your dog the seeds or rind.
Cantaloupe: High levels of vitamins A, B complex, C, plus fiber, beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, niacin, pantothenic acid and folic acid.
Oranges: Loaded with fiber, potassium, calcium, folic acid, iron, flavonoids, phytonutrients, vitamins A, C, B1 and B6.
Pumpkin: Full of fiber, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, zinc, iron, potassium and Vitamin A. However there are some restrictions regarding pumpkin. Even though you can feed your dog pumpkin seeds, most recommend feeding them to dogs unsalted, roasted and then grounded. Do not feed your dog any other part of the pumpkin due to the small, sharp hairs on the pumpkin stem and leaves.
Animals can benefit from eating any of the fruits listed above, however if the fruit that you are eating is not on the list you should avoid feeding it to your animal before consulting with a veterinarian. Never assume that your animal can eat the same things as you can, as certain foods that humans eat every day can make your animal very sick.