We have already discussed that you can share apples and bananas with your pooch as healthy treats but what about the most quixotic fruit. Can dogs eat strawberries? Although some fruits like avocado pose some risks like the pit can be a choking hazard, similarly, grapes are also not safe for dogs to eat. Let’s find out can dogs have strawberries or not? Are strawberries good for dogs to eat or are strawberries bad for dogs?
Can I give strawberries to my dog?
You may be glad to know that yes, you can safely give strawberries to your dog without any choking or health risks, in fact strawberries are considered a healthy and nutritious treat for your pooch. Super excited about it! Hold on, although strawberries are considered safe and nutritious for dogs there is more to know before start feeding them to your buddy.
Now when you know that you can give your dog strawberries it is equally important to be knowledgeable about how can you give strawberries to your dog? Fresh, clean and washed (toxins are present due to fertilizers and pesticides sprayed) strawberry, cut in half and served half is completely safe and healthy treat to share with you canine buddy. Although you can share a full strawberry too but try to start with half and gage your dog’s system. If everything goes smooth, then it’s a green signal and you can give strawberries to your dog. But if you see any symptoms of ill health like diarrhea, vomiting, or indigestion, do not continue feeding it to your dog.
You can share strawberry with your pooch as a training or a rewarding treat for good behavior. If you want to know can puppies eat strawberries too? Yes, you can give this juicy fruit to smaller dogs or pups too but after preparing it. Wash the fruit thoroughly with clean water, mash or puree it for easy digestion and mixed in the regular dog food.
Never give chocolate dipped strawberries to your dogs as chocolate is considered highly toxic for dogs due to the presence of compounds called methylxanthines that could poison or even kill your dog. Also, avoid flavored or canned strawberries as they contain a great amount of sugar and other ingredients which are not safe for your Fido.
Although low in calories, strawberries are very high in natural sugar content. Knowing the benefits of the fruit, do not attempt to give too much to your dog. Remember! Moderation is the key when it comes to anything and the same applies here. Share the fruit in moderation as eating too many could lead to digestive problems for your dog.
Health Benefits of strawberries for dogs
Strawberry is not only a sweet treat for your dog but it has several health benefits too. Below we are sharing some of the benefits of this fruit for your Fido.
- Strawberries are a great source of potassium, fiber, magnesium, which there is no need to mention great for your pooch. Potassium and magnesium are vital for proper enzyme function. Potassium also aids in nerve and muscle function and heart health. Fiber supports and aids the gastrointestinal functions.
- Omega-3 fatty acids which are present in strawberry helps in fighting arthritis and other infections and in addition also improves the coat conditions and cardiovascular health.
- Strawberries are also rich in vitamin C, K, B1, and B6 which your dog really needs for proper nerve and muscle function, bone development, preventing blood clotting and bladder infections.
- Fresh strawberries if served to your dog can help boost its immune system.
- Besides the nutritious value, Strawberry could also serve the purpose of a teeth whitener for your canine as an enzyme present in strawberry is great for whitening teeth.
- Strawberries are jam packed with powerful antioxidants which help reduce the risks of developing certain kinds of cancer, as well as fighting off arthritis and inflammation.
It is always recommended to talk to your vet before introducing any new human food to your dog as you never know if your dog is allergic to a particular food as some breeds are much sensitive to certain foods. Always introduce a new fruit in a very small amount and keep a check on your dog, continue only if everything went ok, otherwise stop feeding it. We as dog owners become excited in sharing foods we like and are healthy for us but remember, for lifelong health and safety of your buddy only go for foods which you are sure are safe and healthy for your companion.