Fruit for the dog can be a fresh addition to the diet. Many dogs appreciate the sweet snack. And sometimes it also provides extra vitamins! We try to answer the main questions from the community.
- But does fruit fit into a dog’s natural diet?
- What types can your dog eat?
- And how much can he have (maximum) of this?
In this article, we will tell you all about fruit for your dog.
Can my dog eat fruit?
Getting fruit for your dog may sound a bit strange. We often give our animals something from our own plate. But do you have to buy special fruit for your four-legged friend?
Our dogs are by nature a ‘real meat-eater’, or an animal that is entirely built on eating and digesting meat. You can see this in the teeth, but also in the digestive system. The gastrointestinal system is quite short because dogs do not need a long process with all kinds of enzymes and bacterial flora to process plant cells. They just aren’t built for this.
Fruit and vegetables are often poorly digested because the cell walls of these products cannot be destroyed by the dog’s body. Pureed or lightly steamed, they can deliver nutrients more easily than raw.
Therefore, always make sure that the menu contains the correct and sufficient nutrients. The dog gets this almost entirely from meat and bones.
Fruits and vegetables can be added as an extra, but are not an important part of the diet, like with humans. That is why you do not have to buy this for your dog. However, a small portion never hurts, certainly not for the variety. Fruit can, therefore, offer tasty snacks. But what fruit can your dog actually have?
Can dogs have grapes and other fruit?
By nature, fruit for your dog will not add much to his diet. This should mainly consist of meat, bone and meat-based products. But many dogs love a bite of fruit!
The sweet taste and the different textures make a piece of fruit a nice snack. But because our dog is not made for this, they cannot handle all different types.
Which fruit is safe for your dog?
There are a number of other types of fruit that are suitable. However, these do come with a warning.
Which fruit is dangerous to my dog?
Not all fruit is suitable for your dog to eat. Here we have a category that is always unsafe, and a category that is only safe under certain conditions.
Fruit under conditions
Stone fruits are types of fruit that contain a large kernel in the center of the fruit. The pulp of this is safe for your dog to eat. The kernel itself, however, is very dangerous.
Smaller pips can also be dangerous, as is the case with apples and pears. Always remove the core and never give this fruit as a whole to your pet.
– Khaki fruit
We do not yet know exactly why these types of fruit are toxic to dogs. It contains a substance that causes serious kidney problems and damage to the intestine.
How much fruit can a dog eat?
Since your dog is a carnivore (meat-eater), fruits and vegetables should not be a large part of his diet. Your dog is not able to digest this properly, which over time or with large portions can cause diarrhea and other intestinal complaints.
In addition, your dog will lack important nutrients if he does not get enough meat. So fruit is tasty, but not a natural part of the menu.
So keep it as a tasty snack, rather than a daily addition to the meal. Always feed small portions alongside. With the indigestibility of large pieces or quantities at the same time, your dog can really suffer, which can lead to gastrointestinal complaints.
Did your dog eat poisonous fruit? Always contact a vet immediately. Even if it’s just a little bit.
Dogs react very differently to this. It is also important that they are treated in time before damage has been done in the body.