It is told to us from a very small age by our doctors and the adults in our life that eating healthy and nutritious food can prevent a lot of issues related to our health. Whether we understood the importance of healthy eating or not when we were small, we surely can apprehend this when we grow up. And, we also recognize the importance of fruits, as a part of healthy eating, in our diet and daily life. We all know the various advantages of having fruits on a regular basis, some are listed below:
Now, we know that fruits are tremendously important for us, but what about our closest companions? Have you ever wondered whether the fruits are equally or on second thought, at all beneficial for the health of your dogs? The Answer is a definite YES but with a little caveat. There are some things that you need to take care while feeding fruits to your pups like:
They might cause cyanide poisoning if given in large amounts.
If fed in excess proportions, it can lead to kidney failure.
They can cause vomiting in canines.
Grapes are no different than raisins and also can lead to kidney failure in dogs.
They can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and even depression in canines.
Now that, we are aware of which fruits are to be avoided with our pooches, the reasonable question that arises is that what are the best fruits for our dogâ€™s health? And, to answer the question, below is a list of fruits which are extremely advantageous for our dogs and should be given to them in limited amounts without any hesitation.
Watermelons are a very good source of hydration and also are quite low in calorie. But it is also important to note that all the seeds and the tough outer skin (rind) of the watermelon must be removed before feeding them to your dogs as it may upset their stomach.
Rich in: Magnesium, Potassium, Water, Vitamin C and Vitamin A.
Apples can be given in the form of treats to your dogs. They prove to be awesome antioxidants for the canines as they clean away harmful bacteria from the dogâ€™s tummy. Apples can be fed after removing the core and seeds and also are mostly given raw and sliced to the dogs.
Rich in: Flavonoids, Phytonutrients, Fiber, Potassium and Vitamin C.
Another fruit which can be given in the form of treats to the canines while training them as a rewarding system. But apart from treats, they also play a very important role in maintaining a pup healthy and fine. Blueberries help in fighting against several deadly diseases like cancer, heart problems et cetera.
Rich in: Selenium, Zinc, Iron, Antioxidants, Vitamins A, B complex, C and E.
They prove to be a very good feeding material to the old and elderly dogs as they are very easy to chew and are fairly low in calories. They can be given to the dogs either in mashed form or small sliced chunks.
Rich in: Potassium, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Biotin and Copper.
They contain a good number of nutritious elements which are beneficial for the dogs. Mangoes should be given after removing the pits to the canines as they cause a choking hazard.
Rich in: Potassium, Beta & Alpha Carotene, Vitamins C, E, A, and B-6.
These tiny berries can be fed to the dogs after the meals or in the evenings. They can also be given to them as a part of their meals. They may appear small but they possess high nutritional value.
Rich in: Manganese, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Antioxidants, Vitamins K, C and B complex.
They are fed after removal of the seeds and peel to the canines. The best way to feed them is to cut the oranges into small slices. But they should be fed in small portions as they may upset the doggyâ€™s stomach if fed in sizeable amounts.
Rich in: Potassium, Fiber, Folic acids, Vitamins C, A, B-1 and B-6.
Pears are an under-rated fruit and they also provide a large number of nutritional substances to anyone who consumes them. They can be given as treats to the dogs and 2-3 pear cubes are more than enough for them.
Rich in: Copper, Niacin, Pectin, Fiber, Vitamins C, E, A, B-1, and B-2.
Some dogs love Kiwis and other might not like them. So, the ones that love this fruit can be fed one or two small slices maximum as feeding them in large proportions is not recommended.
Rich in: Potassium, Fiber and Vitamin C.
After the removal of the hard-outer coating of this fruit, it can be fed to the dogs in the form of cubes or spears. Pineapples play a very important role in the digestion of proteins and thus are quite useful for the dogs.
Rich in: Fibers, Minerals and Bromelain.