Fruits are a great low calorie sweet treat for your dog. They can help add some vital vitamins and fiber to your pet’s diet.
On top of vitamins and minerals, fruits also contain a lot of water.
The reason why you get all messy when you eat a watermelon is mostly because you’re a slob, but also due to the fact that watermelon is actually 91% water.
Seriously, a watermelon is just 9% watermelon.
So fruits are ideal snacks on those hot summer days. Not only will your dog thank you for the cool, sweet treat, but they’ll also help keep him hydrated.
Many fruits have some type of skin or rind protecting the yummy stuff within. For fruits like apples or pears, the skin is thin enough that your dog will be able to digest it.
Other fruits, like oranges or watermelons, have thick rinds that cannot be broken down effectively by your dog’s digestive system. So remove the thicker skins from fruits.
Also, just as you would for yourself, wash those fruits that have thin skins if you are going to feed them to your dog.
Now let’s take a look at our staple fruit, the apple.
This fruit is a shining star and can be greatly beneficial for your dog. Apple skin contains a type of fiber known as pectin which can help make your pup a bit more regular. They also contain lots of good antioxidants and high amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
You can feed your dog apples to help fight the plaque buildup on their teeth as well. The solid crunchy texture acts as a tasty toothbrush.
However, do not allow your dog to eat the core of the apple, as the seeds within contain cyanide.
Cyanide is a deadly poison when ingested in toxic amounts.
Here’s a fun fact for you:
Hitler’s wife, Eva, killed herself with a cyanide pill.
So if you don’t want Fido to go out like Hitler’s lover, don’t let him eat the core of an apple.
(You’re going to be really fun at parties with all the fun facts I’ve taught you.)
As a general rule, don’t let your dog eat any seeds or pits from fruits.
Most will contain cyanide or other harmful chemicals, and some pits are more dangerous than others. Their sheer size can also be harmful to your dog, as they can become lodged in their intestines.
Pits from avocados, peaches and plums are a huge no-no based on their size alone. They also contain some nasty chemicals.
So play it safe and remove pits and seeds of edible fruits.
At the top of the “never, ever feed your dog these things you fool” list, we have grapes and raisins.
Obviously, raisins are the shriveled up remains of grapes that have cried out all their tears because they realized their dreams were dead.
No one is completely sure what it is within grapes that cause such a high level of toxicity in dogs, but it is well documented that some dogs that ingest them can experience kidney failure and even death.
Yes, death by grape has actually happened.
Here is a comprehensive guide of safe and unsafe fruits for your dog: