Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?
Can I Feed My Dog Strawberries?
It’s the time of year again here in the UK, that home grown strawberries are back in season, and if like me, you are partial to a portion of strawberries and cream, you may be wondering if it’s OK to let pooch savour a few too.
Dogs are omnivorous, unlike cats who are obligate carnivores. This means that they can of course enjoy certain fruit, veg and other sources of nutrition in their diet than simply meat.
But can a dog eat strawberries?
Certain foods that humans can tolerate, can actually be poisonous to our beloved pooches. I always think of chocolate as a well known example.
We also know that dogs, like humans, can suffer from food intolerances and even full blown allergies.
So can a humble strawberry be safely consumed by Fido?
The short answer is YES! (phew!). Strawberries, are safe for dogs to eat.
And now for the long answer…
Let’s think about what good things are in a strawberry:
- Vitamin C
- Antioxidants (from polyphenols)
Strawberries are therefore great for helping with healthy digestion due to their fibre and water content.
They are full of polyphenols which contain antioxidants. These have wide-ranging health benefits which have been researched in us humans, from protecting heart health, regulating blood sugar, and potentially preventing cancers. These are some of the benefits of feeding strawberries to your dog.
But take care; strawberries are sweet and contain naturally occurring sugar. Because of this, strawberries would be best fed only as an occasional treat!
Too much sugary food can cause a stomach upset in healthy dogs. You should also be cautious about feeding sweet treats to a dog with medical conditions such as diabetes. It may be worth checking with your vet first when considering novel treats.
Does your dog like strawberries?
I wouldn’t be surprised if your dog turned his nose up to this sweet red gem. Texturally, they’re quite different to what he’s probably used to. But perhaps he might prefer them frozen, especially in the heat of summer. Remove the stalk and chop them to avoid choking.
Now I mentioned earlier about allergies – strawberries are actually a common food allergen in humans. So if you are thinking of feeding strawberries to a dog, perhaps just start with one at a time, so you can monitor for any side effects of introducing this new food. Check for stomach upset, scratching, or increased thirst. A full blown allergic reaction may include breathing difficulty, swelling, or hives.
What about raspberries?
I like my eton mess with strawberries AND raspberries! And in fact, the health benefit of raspberries are similar to those of strawberries. They are equally acceptable to feed to your dog if you wish. Though perhaps that super-sharpness might not go down quite as well!
Other berries that are safe for dogs include blueberries and cranberries.
Cherries are NOT safe for dogs because they contain cyanide.
In summary; strawberries can be enjoyed quite happily in most of our canine friends! Whether they will take to this fruity treat is up for debate, but if they do then introduce cautiously and feed in moderation.