Can Dogs Eat Strawberries? - What Are the Health Benefits?

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Can dogs eat strawberries with owner feeding a ripe strawberry to dog

Can dogs eat strawberries with owner feeding a ripe strawberry to dog

Can dogs eat strawberries?  YES! 

Every year when the strawberry season hits, many pet parents may wonder if these sweet and delicious fruits can be enjoyed with their pets. We enjoy them in various ways to boost our diet with healthy vitamins and nutrients. For pet parents, we meet those puppy dog eyes too often when enjoying this human superfood. You will learn all about the safety precautions and health benefits of feeding strawberries. Strawberries are rich in vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants that can help slow the aging process. Read more and learn about other benefits and how to safely feed your dog strawberries next strawberry season.

What are the health benefits of strawberries for dogs?

Strawberries can be an occasional healthy snack that your pet will love. Strawberries are low in calories, and rich in vitamin C, omega 3, potassium, antioxidants, and water. These factors can help slow down the aging process, strengthen the immune system, and help manage weight.

There is also an enzyme in strawberries called malic acid, which can help whiten teeth as well.

Strawberry nutritional information for dogs

  • Antioxidants

    Strawberries are rich in anthocyanins, which is a chemical compound that is beneficial in strengthening your pet’s immune system.

  • Fiber

    Fiber helps your pet's digestive system and helps deal with any diarrhea or constipation. A high-fiber diet can help with weight management as these types of food can help provide the feeling of full effect.

  • Omega-3

    Helps promote healthy skin and maintains a shiny coat in pets.

  • Vitamins

    Rich in vitamin C and contains vitamins B1, B6, and K, which are beneficial to your dog’s overall health.

  • Minerals

    Potassium, Magnesium, Folic Acid, etc. all of which can provide positive health effects in moderation.

How to feed strawberries to your dogs

Preparing Strawberry Snacks

Vegetables and fruits can retain dirt and pesticide residues, so it's important to wash them thoroughly before serving them to your pet.

Strawberry stems and leaves are not poisonous, but can cause an upset stomach if ingested, and also poses a choking hazard if swallowed by dogs. Ensure that the stems and leaves are completely removed before service. You may also want to cut off the unripe white parts of the strawberry and cut it into small pieces before serving. It can also be mashed or ground up and served as a topping with other foods in pureed form.
If you are feeding strawberries for the first time, it is important to check for problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, or an allergic reaction after feeding a small amount. If problems arise, contact a veterinarian immediately.

How many strawberries can I feed my dog per day?

Strawberries should be given as a treat and should not exceed 10% of your dog's recommended daily calories. On average, less than 1 for small dogs, 3 for medium-sized dogs, and 5 for large dogs.

Health risks and cautions to note when feeding dogs strawberries

Can dogs eat strawberries and what are the cautions and risks of feeding strawberries to dog

Precautions and risks when feeding strawberries

Strawberries are naturally high in sugar which makes them controversial to feed to pets. Due to its high sugar content, it can cause problems for puppies with small and sensitive stomachs. That is why we recommend that you are careful to feed the right amount of strawberries to your pets.

Food allergy

As with any other food, the first time feeding anything may cause an allergic reaction and cause intolerance. It is recommended to give a small amount of the first food to be tested and monitored for signs of allergy. If your puppy shows any signs of an allergy, it is recommended to stop feeding and contact your veterinarian immediately.

Signs of an allergic reaction to look out for:

  • Skin Problems: Hives, facial swelling, itchiness
  • Digestive problems: vomiting and diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath

Can my dog eat strawberry jam, strawberry milk, strawberry yogurt, etc.?

In the process of making strawberry products such as strawberry jam or yogurt, sugar and artificial sweeteners may be added, which both are very bad for your pet’s system. It is always a good idea to check the label for human foods.

What other fruits can dogs eat safely?

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