Summer Snacking

June 6, 2016

Summer is right around the corner, and that means fresh, juicy fruits are in season and in abundance. While we enjoy more fruit this summer, a lot of us will want to share with our dogs. It is important, though, to know which fruits are dog-friendly and which are a no-no.

A big summer favorite, for example — the strawberry — is absolutely safe and delicious for your dog to enjoy. Keep in mind, this means fresh strawberries only (no strawberries from a can or soaked in syrup). Fresh fruit is healthy for your dog in more ways than one. Not only is it better than harsher, fattier snacks, it is good for your dog’s immune system and also helps with weight management. Additionally, fresh fruit helps with aging and is good for your dog’s teeth.

When giving your dog strawberries, make sure they are cut up into small pieces to avoid choking. Watch for any changes in behavior or digestive habits and stop if there are any issues. Some other tasty, dog-friendly fruits that you can give your dog are frozen bananas, blueberries, seedless watermelon, apples (remove seeds and core), and cantaloupe.

Always use precaution and consult with your vet if you have any questions on what your dog should and should not be eating.

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Resources: American Kennel Club