10 Superfood Fruits for Dogs
With the focus on protein and veggies, fruits for dogs are often a forgotten addition to your pup’s diet.
But with the addition of these fruity friends to your dog’s belly, you can help nourish your best friend from the inside out.
We’ve chosen 10 of our favourite superfood fruits for dogs that have excellent health properties, and are safe to eat…
Studies have found strawberries contain anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve pain associated with the inflammation of muscles and joints.
Since they act like sponges when it comes to pesticides, try to buy organic.
High in potassium, fibre and Vitamin C, kiwis are also a great source of select phytonutrients that are believed to help protect against age-related macular degeneration (vision loss) in dogs.
A fresh slice with the skin removed makes an easy and tasty treat you and your dog can share!
An excellent source of potassium, vitamins B-6 and C, bananas are beneficial as they are tasty!
To let your dog go bananas, mash up and spoon into a Kong then freeze, or why not make banana doggie ice-cream? (grab the recipe from our ebook 52 Weeks of Treats)
Rich in antioxidants, cranberries can help enhance your dog’s immune system while also protecting your dog from toxins.
A great addition to your dog’s diet, cranberries help prevent UTIs in canines by increasing the acidity of your pup’s urine and slowing bacteria growth.
Cranberries make a fantastic addition to dog treat recipes – adding a pop of flavour to a regular biscuit. Try our Cranberry Hearts Dog Treat Recipe here.
Just like the name suggests, watermelons are packed with water, making them an ideal option for rehydrating your pup in hot weather.
Watermelon is a great one to serve fresh in bite size pieces. Always be sure to remove both the rind AND the seeds as they can be toxic and cause intestinal blockages.
High in vitamin C and fibre, Blueberries are packed with antioxidants known to boost cognitive functions in dogs.
Another one to try and go organic where possible as they have a high pesticide reputation.
A great source of fibre, folic acid and Vitamins C, K, B1 and B2, pears are also considered a ‘hypoallergenic fruit’ – if your dog suffers allergies, pears are a great introduction to fruit as they are less likely to produce an adverse response than other fruits. One of our top picks of fruits for dogs.
Pear slices (with the skin on!) make an excellent snack for dogs that love to crunch. Or consider pureeing them and freezing in a Kong for a fun, frozen treat! (Grab our Frozen Pear Puree recipe in our eBook, Frozen.) Always ensure you remove all seeds and pith before serving.
Raspberries provide a good source of dietary fibre and have a low energy density, allowing your pup to enjoy a sweet treat while leaving them fuller for longer.
They also have anti-inflammatory properties, which make them a great addition to the diets of dogs with joint issues.
A great combo with yogurt and carob drops, you can try raspberries for your dog with our Dog Friendly Chocolate Bark recipe!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Raspberries DO contain a small about of Xylitol – which is toxics to dogs – about 400 micrograms per gram of raspberry. Therefore it’s always best to limit any one serving to no more than half a cup.
Crunch! An apple a day will keep the doctor away, and it may just keep the vet away too!
A healthy source of Vitamin A, C and phytonutrients (just a fancy word for natural chemicals found in plants), fresh apple slices can also help clean your dog’s teeth while chewing.
Dogs love them served fresh with the skin on (to keep all those healthy chemicals) – just be always sure to remove any seeds as they are toxic. For a fun way to enjoy try our Edible Apple Kong Tutorial – grab it HERE.
A sweet treat for your pup, pineapple also contains an enzyme called Bromelain which helps dogs break down proteins in their food and aids digestion.
A summer favourite, simply chop into small pieces and freeze for a frosty, fruity treat! (Always ensure the prickly outside is completely removed.)
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