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Obviously eating fruit is healthy, but does this hold true for dogs?
Truth be told, the answer isn’t so simple!
There are various pitfalls, precautions and preparations to consider before feeding your dog some fruit.
The good news:
Most fruits are not harmful for dogs.
But they should only be fed in moderation.
Your Dog Can Eat Fruits (limited portions)
There are health benefits. Just don’t deviate too much from a meat-based diet.
So, basically, you can feed your dog some fruit here and there.
Just consider this:
Fruits are mostly water and sugar (with some nutrients).
More importantly, they lack protein.
And if your dog is fed too much the pH levels may cause a stomachache or other digestive issues.
So Important: Always remove seeds or pits prior to serving fruit.
Moderation Is A Must
Feeding your dog certain fruits can be a good source of nutrients.
A healthier immune system and protection against degenerative diseases are also great bonuses.
The key is to limit portions and be selective.
And never switch your dog to an all fruit diet. Get them outdoors and more active (if they need to lose weight).
Specific Fruits For Fido
So what’s harmful?
Dogs don’t do well breaking down acids found in, for example, oranges and grapefruits.
That’s not all…
Grapes and raisins are toxic. We’re talking renal failure and other major health problems.
Fruit Not Always Fantastic
Fruits are basically soluble carbohydrates or simple sugar that are later broken down into energy.
Your dog will also receive some fiber, vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants.
This, however, doesn’t outweigh downsides of an all-fruit diet. Again, a lack of protein makes such a feeding strategy inappropriate for dogs.
So fruits can never be a replacement for a meat-based diet.
Most raw fruits contain two nutrients, the most prominent being vitamin A and vitamin C.
These vitamins can play an important role in your dog’s life. They can help to fight off sickness and boost energy.
But again, fruit is not essential.
Those valuable nutrients are found in other, more suitable sources.
Potential Health Benefits
Whole apples, with the skin on them, are a good source of vitamins including beta-carotene and pectin.
Pectin binds and eliminates toxins as well as helps move waste through the body. Whole pears also contain pectin, along with potassium, which is necessary for muscle contraction, a healthy heartbeat and metabolism.
Does this apply to dogs?
Not to the same degree.
Downsides For Dogs
They do, however, contain lots of vitamin C, calcium and magnesium which support the immune system and fight off sickness as well as diseases.
But consider that dogs produce their own vitamin C.
The Bottom Line
Fruits are a good source of vitamins and other nutrients. There are beneficial aspects for dogs.
But, ultimately, canines are carnivorous meat eaters which means they require a lot of protein and calcium.
Feeding your dog a bunch of fruit is a bad idea.
Limit consumption to treat status. Provide them only occasionally and in moderation.