The short answer: It depends.
The long answer: Your dog can eat an array of fresh fruits that provide vitamins and nutrients to his body, but you may have to limit his intake based on the sugar content of your chosen fruit. When introducing a new fruit to his diet, do it one at a time so you can monitor your dog’s reaction to each fruit.
Some examples of fruits your dog can eat include apples, bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, mangoes, oranges, pears, pineapples, raspberries, strawberries, and watermelon. Meanwhile, your dog must never consume avocados, cherries, grapes, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and plums.
How to feed fruits to your dog: Wash your chosen fruit properly, take out the hard outer layer, and remove the seeds. Chop the flesh into smaller, chewable pieces so your dog doesn’t have a hard time eating it. Chopping it will also prevent him from choking on it. Serve it chilled or frozen for a refreshing twist!
Here are three ideas for fruity treats your dog will love:
- Give him a bowl of his favourite fresh fruits!
- A fruity pupsicle made of choice fruits and plain, non-fat yogurt will be his summer staple.
- Blend some fruits and vegetables for a power-packed smoothie served in a bowl.
In summary: Your dog can benefit from having fruits incorporated into his diet, but remember that not all human-consumable fruits can be gobbled up by dogs. Before serving your pooch anything new, clear things with your veterinarian. It’s better to be safe than sorry!