Fruits

I'm always looking for things I can use to make snacks for the dogs in daycare and boarding. In the summer it gets hot and I like to provide a treat or snack that is not only refreshing but healthy. I like to make popsicles and well as water balls. They are no fun if they are just water so I add things like toys and fruits before or during the freezing process. Below are the fruits that are good for dogs and some that you should never give your dogs.

Good Fruits

Apples are a great source of potassium, fiber, phytonutrients, flavonoids, vitamin C. the seeds contain arsenic so be sure the core and seeds are kept away from your pup. Half an apple slice makes a good treat size.

Bananas offer potassium and carbohydrates for dogs (1 inch is a good size treat).  Bananas are a good ingredient for homemade dog cupcakes or biscuits. It will help keep biscuits soft.

Blackberries are a great source of antioxidants (anthocyans), polyphenols, tannin, fiber, manganese, folate, omega-3s. They’re also high in vitamins C, K, A and E. Two or 3 blackberries is a good size treat. They stand up to being frozen in a popsicle or adding flavor to a cookie.

Blueberries offer a rich source of antioxidants, selenium, zinc and iron. Blueberries also contain vitamins C, E, A and B complex. 2 or 3 blueberries is a good size treat. This superfood can help your pup's immune system. 

Bad Fruits

Grapes or Raisins: They have caused many cases of poisoning when ingested by dogs.

Avocados: Avocados can cause gastrointestinal irritation and upset tummies

Figs: Figs have caused allergic reactions in some dogs. Also, the fig is grown on the Ficus tree (Ficus benjamina), which causes skin inflammation if your dog comes into contact with it. Ficus plants or trees also cause diarrhea and vomiting if your dog ingests them.

Orange Tree: The orange tree (Citrus sinensis) is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses due to its psoralens and essential oils. You don’t want your pet to ingest the seeds, peel, leaves or stem of this tree or fruit. Symptoms of orange tree poisoning are depression, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Lemon Tree: The lemon tree (Citrus limonia) is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses due to its psoralens and essential oils. You don’t want your pet to ingest the seeds, peel, leaves or stem of this tree. Symptoms of lemon plant poisoning are depression, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Coconut: While coconut is safe for your dog, it does contain triglycerides that may cause bloating and discomfort. Check with your vet before feeding your dog coconut. If you want a safe way to share the benefits of coconut with your dog, consider coconut oil.