8 Healthy Fruits to Share with Your Dog

watermelonSometimes it’s nice to find alternative, fresh, organic snacks for your pup. Did you know fruits can make a great snack and can supplement your dog’s diet with vitamins and minerals?

Whether you mash them up into their food or offer them in bites and slices, here are some great fruits that are canine safe:

  • Apples: These are a great source of vitamins A, C, and K. If offered in slices, they’ll also help keep your dog’s teeth clean! Make sure not to give them the core. Over time, the cyanide in the seeds can become unhealthy.
  • Bananas: Because they’re so sweet, bananas make a great treat for a dog you’re training—or maybe after a long hike. They’re full of vitamins B6 and C, amino acids, and fiber.
  • Blueberries: Often used in commercial dog foods, blueberries are low in fat and high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Cantaloupe: This treat is full of Vitamins C and B-6, as well niacin and potassium.
  • Mangoes: Dogs seem to love mangoes, and that’s great! They’re full of vitamins A and E, potassium, as well as beta- and alpha-carotene.
  • Peaches: If you stay away from canned peaches (too much sugar) and pits (can easily create an intestinal blockage), peaches are a good source of vitamins A and D.
  • Raspberries and Strawberries: Not only are berries tasty for dogs, they can boost their fiber, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper and iron. Strawberries even contain an enzyme that’s great for a puppy’s teeth.
  • Watermelon: This is a great treat for an active dog. It’s super low in calories but full of electrolytes and water to help them stay hydrated. On top of that, it supplies a lot of vitamins A and C, plus potassium and magnesium.

These are just a few fruits to get you started if you want to get some other healthy snacks into your pooch’s diet. Just be careful! If you overdo it, the natural sugars in these fruits can upset a sensitive tummy.


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