While the bulk of your dog’s diet should be made up of his regular kibble, it’s perfectly fine to offer a treat now and again. Instead of resorting to table scraps or fatty meat, consider a healthier alternative: fruit! Not all fruits are safe for dogs, but some prove to be an excellent source of nutrients. Try these options next time you’d like to give your dog a snack:
Apples are a good choice for dogs, once you’ve removed the core and seeds. Apples contain plenty of fiber, vitamins C and A, calcium, and phosphorus, but they don’t have the high sugar content that makes other fruits less appealing for dogs. Always cut an apple into slices before giving it to your dog; this will make it far easier for him to eat.
Blueberries are widely considered a great food for humans—some would even refer to them as a “superfood”—and they’re beneficial for our canine companions as well. Blueberries contain fiber and vitamin C, essential nutrients for your dog’s good health, as well as antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals in your dog’s system and are excellent for immune-system strength.
The inner fruit of the pineapple is another good source of essential vitamins and minerals for dogs. It is on the sugary side, however, so only feed your pooch pineapple in moderation. Of course, you’ll want to remove the prickly outer skin before offering your dog a piece.
Bananas work as a good dog treat in moderation. These fruits contain plenty of potassium, vitamins, fiber, and other great nutrients and are low in sodium and cholesterol. They’re also fairly high in sugar content, though, so it’s best to limit your dog to only a few chunks at a time.
The rind and seeds of the watermelon aren’t safe for your dog, as they can cause choking or intestinal blockage, but the fruit itself is healthy and packed full of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6. Try watermelon as a delicious hot-weather treat for your canine companion.
In small amounts, again thanks to the relatively high sugar level, oranges are safe for dogs. Get rid of the outer peel before serving an orange slice to your dog.
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