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What Fruit Can a Dog Eat?

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Did you know June is National Fresh Fruit Month? No matter what month it is, it should be fruit month! Ever wonder about what fruit can a dog eat?

chihuahua dog with lots of fruit

There is nothing I love better than a nice juicy orange or a slice of watermelon.  You can also share some fruit with your dog if you’d like. That is, you can share most fruit. Some fruits are toxic to dogs .

Does your dog even like fruit? My terri-poo used to go crazy for oranges. I believe if you put a steak in front of him and also an orange, he would have picked the orange.  He loved them that much.

My beloved chihuahua Kilo loved fruit when she was alive, particularly apples and watermelon.  My chihuahua Lucy loves apples and my yorkie Ziggy loves bananas. My chi-mix Lucas doesn’t seem to care for fruit though. He’s somewhat of a picky eater.

chihuahua with an orange

The trick with giving fruit to your dogs is to just give them a little bit. A bite or two will do. Fruit has a lot of sugar and even though it’s a natural sugar, it can still add some pounds to your dog, if your dog has a weight problem.

Fruits that are safe to feed your dog:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe 
  • Kiwi 
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

Fruits that are poisonous to dogs:

  • Avocados
  • Figs
  • Grapes and Raisins

white and black puppy apples

Fruits that are okay to eat but be aware of the pits and seeds in these fruits as they contain cyanide:

  • Cherries (the fruit is fine,  but don’t let them have the pits)
  • Persimmons  (the fruit is fine,  but don’t let them have the pits)
  • Plums (the fruit is fine,  but don’t let them have the pits)
  • Peaches (the fruit is fine,  but don’t let them have the pits)
  • Apricots (the fruit is fine,  but don’t let them have the pits)
  • Apples (just the seeds are poisonous-the fruit is fine)

A few things to be aware of is do not feed dogs pits and seeds from fruit. Some of them are poisonous and at the very least a choking hazard.

oranges and Chihuahua

Although you can give the fruit of the orange to your dog, do not let them have any of the peel, leaves or any other part from an orange tree. Anything other than the fruit itself, is dangerous to dogs.

Make sure you wash the fruit (just as you would for yourself) before feeding to your dog.

So, does your dog like fruit? What kind?

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Lisa

Saturday 11th of May 2019

Hey Cathy, My scooter has to be in the mood to eat fruit. I gave him strawberries yesterday. He sniffed them, walked away then 2 minutes later came back and ate them lol Thanks for the list of what they could and could not eat! Love, Lisa & Scooter ?❤️

Cathy

Sunday 12th of May 2019

LOL, I guess he thought about it a little and decided those strawberries smelled pretty good.

Krystal

Monday 26th of November 2018

My chi mix Bandit loves pretty much any fruit we give him. We rescued him from our Humane Society, they rescued him from a puppy mill. We believe our other chi is a deer head chi and he is very very picky. He will eat carrots (sometimes) and apples (sometimes). He absolutely refuses bananas but he used to eat them all the time. He is also from our Humane Society. They are as close as brothers although Bandit is very skittish. We have had him for around six years and he is not as skittish as he used to be. O.D. (our deer head) used to bark constantly at my aunt. He does not really like other dogs but will tolerate them if he has to. I have been reading these articles recently and they are very helpful! Thank you soo much!

Cathy

Monday 26th of November 2018

You're welcome Krystal and thanks for telling me about your fur babies!

Loretta Smithberg

Sunday 18th of November 2018

My 2 chis love yams (canned) in their chicken and rice bowls I make them 2x a day.

Tuesday 27th of November 2018

I concur. They eat this every day and love it.

Cathy

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Yams are great for them too!

Joan Swanson

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

I was sitting on couch eating a plum, when Tink (Chihuahua) jumps in my lap loving me . I offered her a bite, she absolutely loves plum... ate all I gave her. About 6 small pieces.

Babs

Thursday 30th of August 2018

My little Pixie loves all sorts of fruit but I would say cherries ? are her favourite, I take the stones out and then I give her tiny pieces yummy ?

Cathy

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

Plums are a great fruit for them,as long as they don’t eat the pits. My Lucy always wants to chew up the pits so we have to be really careful not to leave any lying around.

AngelFromTheBay

Saturday 11th of August 2018

Both my girls Princess Lily and Duchess Lulu love all fruit. I can't eat fruit in peace without having to share with them. Watermelon, apples, nectarines, pears, oranges, cuties -mandarins. They really love Cuties. I bite half and give them the rest. They prefer it to be juicy opposed to the whole thing? I don't share food with them. They get good food as it is. The Chicken in a bag they store in a frig in the Pet section. Love my girls. Angel from The Bay

Cathy

Saturday 11th of August 2018

They do like a lot of fruit! Mine only like one or two things. Watermelon is their new favorite.