Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?
It’s important to always check before giving your dog human food. A dog’s digestive system and metabolism are vastly different from our own and things that can be completely harmless for yourself might turn out to be health hazards for your furry friend.
Fortunately, strawberries are among the fruits that are perfectly safe for dogs to eat. Strawberries contain plenty of vitamin C which is as beneficial for dogs as it is for humans. They also contain plenty of fiber which is great for a dog’s digestion. What’s more, strawberries, like most fruits, have a high water content and they’re a great way for your dog to stay hydrated during the hot summer months.
If you know what kind of fruit is okay to feed your dog and he or she will actually want to eat it – and not all dogs like fruit – this can be a great treat that is sneakily healthy. Fruit contains antioxidants and might even slow down the aging process. Strawberries in particular contain compounds that keep your dogs teeth clean and tartar free.
But, like with all things, moderation is the best practice. After all, strawberries still contain sugar and a dog’s system is not made to handle large amounts of sugar. Dogs’ digestive system evolved mainly for meat and bones and their liver and kidneys are especially sensitive when it comes to sugary treats.
Additionally, make sure to thoroughly wash any kind of acceptable fruit you’re feeding your dog and take your canine’s friend size into consideration. While a whole strawberry might be great for a husky or a golden retriever, a chihuahua might appreciate a smaller bite. Dogs are also prone to choking. If your dog is partial to it, you can even puree them, but never feed the dog canned strawberries, especially with added sugars.
Luckily, if your dog is not partial to strawberries there is plenty of other summer fruit he can indulge in. For one, most berries such as raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are also great options. They’re well tolerated and even healthy if consumed appropriately. That said, steer clear of any kind of berry that contains a pit because they’re a big choking hazard for dogs. While some of the berries themselves might not be detrimental to a dog from a physiological standpoint, the makeup of the fruit itself is simply not compatible with the way dogs eat and can lead to accidents.
All in all, your dog will be very happy eating a variety of summer fruit, from cantaloupes and mango to apples and watermelon. Do your best to remove seeds or pits or anything that you feel your dog might choke on. But next time you’re at a picnic or having a summery fruity time, consider bringing a doggy bag for man’s best friend and see if he wants to partake.