Yes, dogs can and do eat fruit. Wild dogs – domestic dogs, they all do it! Remember, dogs are omnivores. They can eat almost anything. Two nutrients present in most raw fruits, vitamin A as carotene and vitamin C, make fruit a valuable food for your dog. The enzymes present in raw fruit also make it important as part of your dog’s diet, particularly if your dog is past middle age and showing the beginnings of degenerative disease.
Apples & Mangoes – You can serve these fruits in chunks or puree them for your dog. Crunchy apples can be served fresh or dried. Feed the flesh and skin only; the seeds are toxic.
Melons – Sweet and soft-textured, melons are a good introductory fruit. Sneak a few small pieces to the daily ration.
Berries – Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries appeal to many dogs. Add fresh or frozen berries to your dog’s food. These berries have antioxidants, which slow down the aging process and protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease and other chronic degenerative conditions. Berries are also rich in vitamin C.
Pumpkins – Try pumpkin, especially if your dog has loose stools. You can use canned or fresh pumpkin.
Bananas – Another sweet, soft fruit that is easy to conceal if you’re beginning your fruit program on the sly. Slice and freeze leftover bananas for a cool summer treat.
Oranges & Grapefruits – Think about adding a little orange or grapefruit to your dog’s meal. These provide lots of vitamin C and a new flavor to your dog’s diet.
Feeding Tips & Warnings
According to the ASPCA, grapes and raisins contain an unknown toxin that can be toxic to some dogs. These fruits can cause vomiting, diarrhea and kidney failure. Give your dog fruits in small amounts. Too many fruits can cause your dog to have diarrhea.
Experiment with a variety of fruits. Some dogs love tangy and sour flavors, while others prefer sweet and mild tastes. Don’t despair if you have a fruit-phobic dog; there are commercial dog foods that contain fruits.