Summer equals delicious fruits that, of course, we want to share with our best four-legged friends. Before you hand your pup a piece of whatever fruit you’re enjoying, it’s important to know what’s safe and what isn’t. Not all fruits are created equal in terms of benefits to your canine companions, and some are harmful and should be avoided entirely. If your dog is allergic to any fruit, be sure to avoid those as well.
Since fruits are a sweet treat, it’s always best to feed in moderation. Too much sugar is not good for your pups. Also, it might take trying a variety of safe fruits before you find one your dog enjoys. If fruits freak your dog out, we’ve included some tasty dog treats that incorporate fruits but might be more palatable.
Safe Fruits for Your Dog
Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and are lower in sugar than other fruits. Remember, any treat should make up 10% or less of your dog’s diet, so best to keep the serving size to just a few berries.
If your dog is not a fan of blueberries, try the Fromm Crunchy Os Blueberry Blasts! Blueberries with a crunch might be more of your dog’s style.
An apple a day may not keep the vet away, but dogs tend to love them! Apples are also an excellent source of fiber.
If your dog wants more of a biscuit texture, try the Fruitables Pumpkin and Apple treats! They are limited ingredient, crunchy, and only 9 calories per treat.
Please Note: Never give your dog the core or seeds of an apple as they contain trace amounts of cyanide.
It took my dogs a minute to figure out how to eat a slice of banana, but once they did, they were hooked. Combine a couple of thin slices of banana in with peanut butter in your dog’s Kong, freeze it, and you’ll have a sweet summer treat!
You can also give your pup Wholesome Pride Banana Bites! The dehydrated banana treats are grain free and a great source of fiber.
Avoid Giving Your Dog These Fruits
Grapes or Raisins
There’s not a consensus on why grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs, but they can cause kidney damage, and there have been numerous reports of dogs experiencing kidney failure after eating these.
The pit and skin of an avocado can cause digestive upset in dogs so while they are healthy for humans, it’s best to avoiding giving any to your dog.
Cherry pits contain small amounts of cyanide, which is toxic to dogs.
It’s also best to avoid giving your dog any figs, dates, or plums.
Best Summer Treats
The best summer treats for your dogs are ones given in moderation and ones that are healthy! Switch up your dog’s Kong by mixing in plain Greek yogurt and one of the healthy, safe fruit options we listed above. Be sure to freeze it for those hot summer days, and your dog will stay cool, entertained, and satisfied!