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Kiwi has lots of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. It also tastes great!
But is this fruit safe, even healthy, for dogs?
Here’s the deal:
A reasonable amount of kiwi isn’t dangerous. Sharing some with your dog won’t be harmful.
Feeding this fuzzy fruit, as an occasional treat, is actually a good idea.
That said, it is possible that your animal’s stomach won’t fully agree with kiwi! After all, every canine’s digestive sensitivity is a bit different.
Hopefully your dog will enjoy it and also get a boost of vitamin C, potassium, fiber and beta-carotene.
Dogs Can Have Kiwi
So go ahead and share by starting out with a small amount.
Exotic kiwis are, without a doubt, a super fruit from a health standpoint. And the attributes can, at least in theory, be beneficial for dogs too!
Just be smart about portions.
Go easy with kiwi in order to reduce a likelihood of stomach upset and/or doggie diarrhea.
The Many Kiwi Benefits
These little guys, fuzzy on the outside and bright green inside, are obviously highly nutritious.
Few people know that kiwi has an ability to protect against cellular oxidative damage.
The fruit is also said to improve respiratory diseases due to the high levels of vitamin-C. Although, dogs produce vitamin C on their own — they don’t typically need extra.
Kiwi contains a bunch of folate as well. And the flavonoids as well as carotenoids make them a fabulous anti-cancer food.
Studies show this fruit can also:
- Prevent macular degeneration
- Fight cardiovascular diseases
- Regulate blood pressure
- Improve digestive health
- Boost the immune system
- Nourish skin
While these benefits are much more proven for humans, giving some to your dog can’t hurt!
Do Some Basic Prep Work
Preparing kiwi for your dog is easy. You simply remove the brown outer skin and cut it up into bite-size pieces.
Of course, there’s no guarantee your pet pooch will actually want to partake!
Watch this excellent video to see the basic preparation work, but also for a clever way to get your dog to chow down!
Feeding Fruits in General
Keep in mind that fruits aren’t a necessary part of any dog’s diet (based on their evolutionary profile).
In fact, some of them should be strictly avoided such as avocados and grapes to include raisins. Others are harmless and that, thankfully, includes kiwi!
Tropical fruits including melons, watermelons, and honeydew are a few others that your dog can enjoy on occasion.
From a cost perspective, it could be argued there are better choices compared to kiwi. That’s a judgement call!
What is certain is this:
You should ensure that your dog gets all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients they need from their regular diet.
Limit Canine Consumption
Kiwi are great, but your dog won’t necessarily get any noticeable benefits.
On the contrary, too much may have a laxative effect!
Limit kiwi consumption in terms of how much you give in one sitting but also the frequency in which you share. That’s true for so many things in life. This philosophy applies to dogs and people alike.
The Bottom Line
There is nothing wrong with feeding the family dog rationed kiwi.
Just take a practical approach and don’t overdo it. Limit portions.
There is always a possibility of diarrhea and your dog’s stomach may not fully agree.
Keep kiwi as a special treat.