Warm weather means that fresh fruits and vegetables are in abundance and just as we are incorporating them into our diet, we can incorporate those in our dogs. It may be hard or confusing to figure out which fruits and vegetables are safe for your dog (here’s a hint: grapes and raisins are on the no-no list), but there is a warm weather favorite that you can give your dog, STRAWBERRIES! Yes, your best friend can have fresh strawberries. However you should not feed your dog canned or strawberries in syrup. These are not good for your pet at all.
Strawberries are not only a healthy sweet treat for your dog, by giving them the berries you are also helping them to stay healthy in more ways than one. Over time, fresh fruit helps with aging, strengthens the immune system and helps with weight management. Removing the high fat, salty snacks also helps with your pup’s teeth.
So now that you know that you can give your dogs strawberries, what is the safest way to do it? Well, it is recommended that you cut the fruit up in small pieces to avoid choking and easier digestion. If you have a smaller dog, you can mash up the berries or puree them and add them to the dog food they normally eat.
As with adding any other food into your dog’s diet, it is always a safe idea to call your veterinarian prior to adding the berries. Once you do begin to add the berries into his diet, be careful, start with small qualities and watch for any changes in behavior or digestive issues. Should you notice anything odd, stop adding them.
And just in case you are wondering what other fruits you can feed your dog to keep them cool and healthy, here are a few more:
- Frozen bananas
- Watermelon (remove the seeds)
- Apples (remove the seeds and the core)