Let's be honest: dogs love food. They're likely to chow down on anything that falls in front of their nose even if it just smells good and doesn't happen to actually be food. While some items dogs should never ingest are common knowledge (ahem, chocolate) others are less obvious. Now that it's nearly summertime and lots of delicious fruits are coming into season, we thought we'd help you out by letting you know which types are safe for Fido to chow down on.
What The Vets Say
Since vets are the most-trusted source of dog health information, why not go straight to them? ABC News asked experts from two of the nation's top veterinary medicine schools-- Dr. Sherry Sanderson of the University of Georgia and Dr. Edward Cooper of Ohio State University-- to explain which common fruits are ok for Fido to nom down on and which he should stay away from. Sanderson notes that most commonly eaten fruits are fine for dogs to eat sparingly, saying, "Where I have concern is if pet owners want to give large quantities of these fruits to their dogs. If they get carried away with doing that, they could disrupt the nutrient balance of a complete and balanced commercial diet."
Fruity Fun: What's Safe And What's Not
- Not Safe At All: Grapes and raisins. Don't give them to Fido! They can cause kidney failure. Also, steer clear of cherries as they can cause cyanide toxicity when eaten in large quantities.
- Just Say No: Avocados-- the rich fruits can cause vomiting,
- Safe But Not So Nice: Lemons. Sanderson says they're generally safe for a dog to eat but she'd avoid giving them to a pet "out of kindness." Cooper says it can be quite funny to see your dog react to the bitterness, though.
- Mostly safe: Apples. Just don't let your pup eat a ton of the seeds. The same idea applies to peaches, which are safe minus the pit, which can cause choking. Additionally, watermelon falls into this category, it's safe to feed to Fido but leave the rind behind as it can cause intestinal blockage.
- Super Safe: Bananas, Blueberries, Kiwis, Oranges, Pineapples, and Strawberries.
Check out the handy infographic below for some more guidance on what your pooch should and should not be eating
We Have An Idea!
Why not freeze some of the dog-safe fruits so your dog can have a nice cold treat on one of these increasingly hot days? Remember, if you have any doubts or concerns about what your furry friend should or should not eat, don't hesitate to call your vet. Dogs with happy tummys will surely make the most out of summer!