Last Updated on October 21, 2021 by admin
Can dogs have kiwis? What about other kinds of fruit? Keep reading to find out what fruits and vegetables are safe to feed your beloved hound, and which ones are not.
Dogs Are Omnivorous
Dogs are omnivores, which means that they need to eat a diet of meat, plants, and grains. This means that many fruits are in fact suitable for a dog to eat.
Are Kiwis Good For Dogs?
Kiwi fruits are packed with Vitamin C, in fact, that they contain more Vitamin C than oranges! Having said that, kiwis have greater nutritional benefits for us humans; dogs have different nutritional needs to us. But your dog may still enjoy kiwi as a little treat.
If you happen to be enjoying one of these little green fruits yourself, then it is safe to feed your dog a little bit. They may or may not enjoy the taste, dogs are like people in this way! Like us, they all have different food preferences.
Can Dogs Eat Kiwis?
Yes, dogs can eat kiwis. BUT – never give your dog an entire kiwi fruit to eat because of the fibre in them. A whole kiwi fruit may cause your dog to have an upset stomach, and/or diarrhea – which is not fun for anyone.
What About Kiwi Seeds?
The seeds of a kiwi fruit are safe to feed your dog. Just make sure you chop the flesh of the kiwi into small pieces of slices.
But NEVER give your dog the skin off a kiwi fruit. Remove it first. This is because the skin is thick and hard to chew up, and may pose a choking threat to your dog.
What Fruits Other Than Kiwi Can My Dog Safely Eat?
Here is an alphabetical list of dog-safe fruits that have been recommended by the American Kennel Club (AKC.)
The flesh of an apple is safe for dogs. They provide a good source of dietary fiber, and some dogs seem to genuinely enjoy the flavor and texture of a sweet, crisp apple. But do not give your dog apple juice because it has too much sugar in it.
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Bananas are safe to give your dog as a special treat. Just remember that they do contain sugar, so only feed them to your dog occasionally.
Blueberries are safe to feed to your dog. They are full of antioxidants, and they have fiber too. Use them as a treat during training sessions with your dog. Check out this recipe for homemade healthy dog treats here.
Cantaloupe is great for dogs on a hot day, especially if it has been frozen because it has lots of water in it. Cantaloupe is high in sugar too though, so should only be fed as an occasional treat to dogs.
The flesh is fine but do not let your dog have the stone because it contains trace amounts of cyanide, which is poisonous!
Small amounts of chopped fresh or frozen peach is ok for dogs. Make sure you remove the stone first (like mangoes, peach stones have trace amounts of cyanide), and don’t give your dog canned peaches – they have too much sugar.
Recipe For Kiwi Peach Frozen Dog Treats
This recipe comes to us courtesy of PetGuide.com. It is super quick and so easy!
- You will need: 1 kiwi fruit, 1 peach, and one and a half cups of coconut water.
- Peel and chop the fruit and remove the stone from the peach.
- Mix up the fruit with the coconut water in your blender.
- Pour the mixture into an ice-cube tray and freeze for 8 hours.
Pears are safe to feed to your dog. Just be sure you remove the core and the seeds before giving pear to your dog. Never give your dog canned pears because they are far too sweet due to the added syrup.
Other Fruits That Are Safe For Dogs
- Pineapple – chop and remove peel before serving;
- Raspberries – ok in moderation. This little red berry is good for dogs with arthritis, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Only give in small amounts though, because raspberries contain xylitol (sugar alcohol);
- Strawberries – these can help keep your dog’s teeth sparkling white!
- Watermelon – the high water content of this melon makes it great for a hot day. Take out the seeds first, or else they may cause a blockage in your dog’s intestines.
What Fruits Are Not Safe For Dogs?
Avocados contain a fungicidal toxin called persin. This toxin can cause death in dogs. Persin is in the flesh, stone, and skin of the avocado. Avocados are high in fat so can cause an upset stomach and weight gain. The stone of the avocado can choke a dog.
The pits, stems, and leaves of the cherry contain cyanide. Plus, these pits can choke a dog.
Grapes and all grape products, such as raisins, currants, and sultanas, are toxic to dogs. At this point in time, scientists do not know exactly what it is in a grape that is toxic to dogs, but grapes are definitely on the banned foods list for dogs.
Tomatoes are a member of the nightshade family, and the green parts of the plant (leaves, stems, and unripe tomatoes) contain a substance called solanine. Solanine is harmful to dogs.
Signs that dogs have tomato poisoning are:
- Stomach upset
- Loss of coordination
- Cardigan effects
- Muscle weakness
- Tremors and seizures
If you have tomatoes in your garden, make sure the plants are well fenced off so that your dog cannot chew on them.
The Takeaway Message On Dogs And Kiwis and Other Fruits:
There are several fruits that dogs can safely eat in small quantities. Just remember that fruit contains lots of sugar, so they are only to be fed as a treat and in small amounts.
From these safe fruits, make sure you remove the skin and any stones/pits before feeding to your dog.
And never feed your dog fruits from the list of unsafe fruits, because this can be really dangerous, and may require veterinary treatment.