As a dog owner, I understand that it can be fun to share a snack with your special friend but being aware of what food is dangerous for your dog is important and necessary for your dog’s health and happiness. This week’s toxic foods are centered on fruit! Below is a list of fruits that you might not have known are toxic for your dog followed by fruits that are a perfect treat for your good-boy or girl.
- Grapes? – NO. Grapes, as well as raisins, have been proven to be very toxic for dogs regardless of the breed, gender, or age. Grapes can lead to acute sudden kidney failure. So, avoid this toxic treat at all costs.
- Tomatoes? – NO. Although the ripened red part of a tomato is generally safe for dogs to eat the green parts of the plant are toxic and contain a substance called solanine which will make your pup sick.
- Avocado? – NO. The pit, skin, and leaves of avocados contain Persin, a toxin that often causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. While you may enjoy this healthy snack all you want, your dogs need to steer clear.
- Cherries? – NO. Despite the flesh around the seed, cherry plants contain cyanide which is toxic to dogs are disrupts cellular oxygen transport. This means that your dog’s blood cells can’t get enough oxygen. If your dog eats cherries, be on the lookout for dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, and red gums, these are signs of cyanide poisoning.
Don’t worry if you want to see your dog munch on a cute avocado
just get them Barkbox’s avocado chew toy. Or give them one of
these real fruits that are toxic free and not harmful to your
Fruit your dog CAN eat! Lucky for you there is more fruit your dogs can eat than they can’t eat.
- Apples – Yes. Apples are an excellent source of vitamins A and C and fiber for your dog. They are also low in protein and fat, which makes them a perfect snack for any of you senior dogs. Be sure to remove the seeds and core first!
- Pears – Yes. Pears are a great snack because they’re high in copper, vitamins C and K, and fiber. It’s been suggested that eating the fruit can reduce the risk of having a stroke by 50 percent! Make sure to cut pears into bite-size chunks and remove the pit and seeds first, the seeds contain traces of cyanide.
- Mangoes – Yes. This sweet summer treat is packed with four different vitamins: vitamins A, B6, C, and E. They also have potassium and both beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Just remember, as with most fruits, to remove the hard pit first because it can be a choking hazard.
- Strawberries – Yes. Strawberries are full of fiber and vitamin C. Also, they also contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth as he or she eats them. Gotta keep those pearly whites white! They are high in sugar though so be sure to use them as a treat only once in a while.
- Watermelon – Yes. Be sure to remove the rind and seeds first, they can cause intestinal blockage, but watermelon is otherwise safe for dogs considering its mostly water. It’s also full of vitamin A, B-6, and C, as well as potassium.
- Peaches – Yes. Small amounts of cut-up peaches are a great source of fiber and vitamin A, and can even help fight infections, but just like cherries, the pit does contain cyanide.
- Raspberries – Yes. Raspberries are fine in moderation! They contain antioxidants that are great for dogs. They’re low in sugar and calories, but high in fiber, manganese, and vitamin C. Raspberries are good for senior dogs because they have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help take pain and pressure from joints.
- Pineapple – Yes. A few chunks of pineapple is a great sweet treat for dogs as long as the prickly outside is removed first. The tropical fruit is full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
- Blueberries – Yes. Blueberries are a superfood rich in antioxidants, which prevent cell damage in canines. They’re packed with fiber and phytochemicals as well. Also, great treats to use when teaching your dog to catch treats in the air, they are a great alternative to store bought treats!
- Oranges – Yes. Small dogs can have up to 1/3 of a full-size orange, while large dogs can eat the whole thing. While the peel isn’t toxic to them, vets recommend tossing the peel because it can be rough on the digestive system. Just give your dog the inside of the orange, minus the seeds.
- Bananas – Yes. In moderation, bananas are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. They’re high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, copper, low in cholesterol and sodium. However, because of their high sugar content, bananas should be given as a treat! Not part of your dog’s regular diet. Check out our banana based dog cupcakes in the recipe section!
Hopefully, this post has provided you with a bountiful of new treats to give your beloved pet! Be sure to comment below which ones are your dog’s favorites!
Next, on Toxic Talk, we will be informing all you dog owners on all the cleaning products that are toxic for your dog aka almost all the shampoo and conditioner us humans use. Stay tuned.