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What kind of fruit can dogs eat? is both a simple and a complicated question to answer as dogs can eat almost any kind of fruit. However, the age, size, composition, and freshness of the fruit may make it unsafe.
For example, a dog can eat a tomato but a green unripe tomato contains a substance called solanine that is toxic to dogs. Symptoms of mild solanine poisoning are vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
What Kinds Of Fruit Can Dogs Eat?- (a – Z Listing)
It is always a good idea when introducing a new food into your dog’s diet that you make the introduction slowly. This will allow you to check for any sign of an allergic reaction and your dog’s tolerance to the new food.
Below I have listed the kinds of fruit that are safe for your dog to eat in moderation and a brief description of any problems that they may contain.
Apples are a great source of vitamins A and C, calcium, phosphorous, water, and dietary fiber but overconsumption can cause diarrhea.
An apple core can be a choking hazard and the seeds contain a compound that produces cyanide.
Apricots contain many essential vitamins and minerals and are also full of potassium and beta-carotene which can help the fight against cancer. The pit of an apricot contains a small amount of cyanide and can be a choking hazard.
Bananas are high in natural sugars, potassium, vitamins C and B6, copper, and biotin.
They make a great treat for a dog but must be offered in moderation due to the high sugar content. Banana peels are non-toxic but can cause blockages as they are hard to digest.
Cultivated blackberries are notable for their significant dietary fiber content, vitamins C and K, manganese, and folic acid.
Blackberries also contain both soluble and insoluble fiber components essential to your dog’s health.
Blueberries contain, manganese, vitamins C and K1, and are low in calories but high in antioxidants which help to prevent cell and tissue damage.
Blueberries can be a choking hazard for small dogs and too many can cause an upset stomach.
They can also discolor the feces which makes for an interesting day out!
Boysenberries are high in fiber and are rich in antioxidants which help to prevent cell and tissue damage. They are also rich in potassium, and folate which is crucial for neurological development.
Overfeeding of boysenberries can lead to weight gain and diarrhea due to the high sugar content.
Cantaloupes are high in sugar, fibre, niacin, folate, potassium, and vitamins C and B6.
The skin of a cantaloupe is a choking and blockage hazard as it is hard to digest and the soft fruit is high in sugars so it should only be given in small portions.
Coconut flesh and milk are healthy for a dog in small quantities and can bolster a dog’s immune system, however, they are also high in oils which may cause diarrhea or loose stools.
Coconut water is very rich in potassium and should not be given to your dog and the shells can become a choking hazard or even cause an internal blockage.
A dog might find cranberries tart to the taste and may reject them but these little fruits contain powerful antioxidants, vitamins C and E, are full of fiber; and can help with urinary tract infections.
Unfortunately, cranberries also contain oxalates which if ingested in large quantities can increase the risk of kidney stones.
Cucumbers are packed with vitamins B1, C, and K, and the minerals phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and copper. Cucumbers are also 95% water which makes them a great hydrating fruit that is rich in fiber and contains beta-carotene and manganese.
11. Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit has a tough leathery rind and thin white pith which can cause gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. However, the soft inner flesh and the countless number of small black seeds that contain essential fatty acids make a dragon fruit one of the most nutritious fruits available for dogs.
Mango flesh contains vitamins A, C, E, and B6 but is high in sugar content so to avoid obesity and blood sugar problems mangos should only be offered in small quantities.
The skin and pit of mango should be removed before feeding the flesh as they can be potential choking hazards and the pit also contains cyanide.
Oranges are high in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber but are also high in citric acid and sugar which may give your dog a stomach upset.
One or two segments a day is fine but all the peel, pith, and pips need to be removed as these can become lodged in the digestive tract that may require removal through surgery.
Essential oils that include citrus can be a strong irritant to dogs, for more information please read:- Essential Oils And The Danger To Cats, Dogs, And Birds.
Papaya is a tropical fruit high in nutrients and antioxidants so it is very healthy for your dog when eaten in moderation. Fresh Papaya also contains vitamins A, C, E, and K and folate, potassium, and calcium.
Please note that unripe papaya can cause tummy upsets and the seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide which may cause a blockage if eaten in large quantities.
Peaches are safe for dogs to eat so long as you remove the pit as it is a choking hazard and contains cyanide which is poisonous for dogs.
Canned peaches should be avoided as they may contain high amounts of sugar and may contain artificial sweeteners which can be dangerous to dogs.
Pears are packed full of vitamins A, C, K, and B6 plus calcium, potassium, magnesium, and soluble fiber which makes them a great snack for dogs.
The seeds do contain cyanide however and should be removed before the flesh is cut into small bite-sized pieces to prevent choking and blockage hazards.
The flesh of a pineapple is nutrient-rich in vitamin C, B6, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, sugar, and niacin. The high sugar content and sweetness may give your dog digestive issues if consumed in large quantities.
A pineapple’s spiny skin and central core should not be fed to a dog as these can cause internal problems such as ripping tearing and blockages.
Pumpkin is a good source of fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and beta carotene which is a precursor to vitamin A, which is an important vitamin for a dog’s immune system and eye health.
Canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie should be checked for Xylitol which can be fatal for dogs.
Raspberries contain vitamins C, K, B-complex, potassium, manganese, magnesium, folic acid, iron, and calcium which makes them great treats for a hungry dog.
However, raspberries also contain natural xylitol which can cause serious low sugar problems so these fantastic little fruits should always be fed in strict moderation.
Strawberries are packed full of Vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and antioxidants but low in calories which makes them a great little snack. They also contain an enzyme that can help to whiten a dog’s teeth.
But as they carry 2.5 times more sugar than fiber content please offer them in moderation.
21. Tomato (ripe)
Ripe red tomatoes are perfectly safe for a dog to eat but all the green parts of the plant are dangerous to dogs and should be avoided.
Watermelons are 92% water and are great fruits to keep your dog hydrated on a hot day. They are fantastic frozen treats for dogs of all sizes!
Watermelons are packed with vitamins A, C, B6, fiber, and potassium.
However, the rind and seeds must be removed before feeding as they can clump together internally and cause an immovable blockage.
Please note that it is advisable to remove the stems, peels, cores, pits, and seeds of most fruits before giving them to your dog.
And it is best to offer large fruits in small bite-size pieces for small dogs to avoid any potential choking and blockage hazards.
Which Fruits Should not Be Given To Dogs – (Unsafe)
For a list of foods dangerous to dogs please read: Toxic Foods For Dogs + Signs Your Dog Is Poisoned
Avocados contain a fungicidal toxin called persin in the leaves, skin, and pit of the fruit which can cause serious problems for a dog in high doses. The flesh also contains persin but in lower concentrations and if eaten can cause gastric discomfort, vomiting, and diarrhea.
In addition, the avocado pit and skin are tough and indigestible making them hazards for choking and could cause gastrointestinal blockages.
High levels of persin ingestion will require immediate veterinarian assistance.
The flesh of cherry is considered safe to eat however all other parts of the plant including the cherry pit contain cyanide.
The pits are also considered to be a choking hazard and can cause a gastrointestinal blockage that would require surgery.
Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include difficulty breathing (rapid or slow), excitement, rapid heart rate, cherry red gums, excessive drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea.
3. Currents (Zante)
Zante Currents (which are actually dried raisins) are extremely toxic to dogs.
Small amounts of Zante currents ingested can cause vomiting, and diarrhea, with the potential to develop into anorexia, acute renal failure, and death.
If you suspect your dog has eaten Zante currants you must seek veterinary help immediately.
4. Grapes And Raisins
Grapes And Raisins are the most dangerous fruits for dogs as the exact toxin and how it works are still unknown and therefore treatment is severely limited.
All grapes and raisins contain the toxin and a fatal dose does not seem to be dose-dependent so any dose has the potential to cause acute kidney failure.
Symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, weakness, loss of appetite, seizures, anorexia, and acute renal failure.
5. Tomatoes (unripe)
Although the ripe fruit of a tomato plant is non-toxic to a dog all the green parts of the plant and the green unripe fruit are toxic to dogs and ingestion must be avoided.
All green parts of the plant contain solanine which can result in mild to severe poisoning depending upon ingestion level.
Symptoms of solanine poisoning from eating unripe tomatoes include gastrointestinal distress, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, and lethargy.
Eating the plant may also include other symptoms such as cardiac effects, loss of coordination, muscle weakness, tremors, and seizures.
Why Should A Dog Eat Fresh Fruits?
Many dogs consistently benefit from a healthy measure of fruit and vegetables added to their diet.
And it is proven that the addition of fruits and vegetables can boost a dog’s essential vitamins and mineral intake which helps them to stay active, and healthy while also strengthening their immune system.
This is why most canned dog food and kibble products are now including a mixture of processed meat, protein, and vegetable matter.
And although these foods are still highly recommended there is a worldwide increase in unhealthy dogs which is prompting a debate on the benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables and the feeding of raw meat and fish against purely processed foods.
Summary Of What Kind Of Fruit Can Dogs Eat?
This list of fruit that dogs can eat is not a fully exhaustive one but it does cover the main fruit-related questions.
My advice is that no matter how careful you are, dogs will be dogs, and will ingest something they shouldn’t. So use this post as a guide but always keep the number of your local veterinary practice close by and consult them at the earliest signs of trouble.
Remember, if your dog is acting strangely or experiencing minor symptoms of weakness, lack of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, etc., and you think they may have consumed something they shouldn’t have, seek a veterinarian’s attention immediately. If you wait too long, your dog might not make it.
Information published on this website is intended for reference use only. The only clear option for ensuring your dog’s health is to feed a diet checked and prescribed by your dog’s veterinarian. Feeding human foods of any sort can be dangerous to dogs and carries some degree of risk that is not under this website’s control.
If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something they shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian, local veterinary emergency clinic, or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately,