One of the most common questions that dog owners ask is "what human food can my dog eat?" With spring in full swing, we decided to take a look at the fruit of the season and whether your dog can eat them. As with any food that's safe for your dog to eat, some of the fruits below are best given in moderation and with no seasoning or added sugar. Here's a list of nine spring fruits, find out if your dog can eat them!
Avocados contain something called persin, which is a fungicidal toxin that can cause serious health problems and even death. Persin can be found all over the avocado - from the skin and leaves to the pit, and everything in between.
Bananas are a great source of potassium and vitamins. They are sometimes considered a healthy alternative to fatty or salty treats for your dog. But they contain a lot of sugar, so it's best to feed them to your dog in moderation.
Lemons are toxic to dogs. They contain chemical compounds and essential oils that can cause digestive problems and other issues. Lemons also have a lot of citric acid, which can cause problems for your dog.
Limes are also toxic to dogs. The leaves, peel and actual fruit can cause illness in dogs. Also limes, like lemons, contain a high amount of citric acid, which causes issues for dogs as well.
Dogs can eat oranges, in moderation and without the seeds. They contain a lot of vitamin C (which is water soluble so it won't accumulate in the body) and nutrients that can have positive effects on the immune system. But the extra calories and sugars mean they should either be a treat for your dog or be avoided if your dog is diabetic. In addition, avoid feeding your dog the rind as that can be a choking hazard or cause digestive issues.
Pineapples have lots of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, which can benefit your dog's digestive and immune health. But pineapple is high in fiber and sugars, so it's best in moderation. Otherwise, it can cause an upset stomach. Also, don't feed your dog the core, as that can be a choking hazard or cause obstructions in their intestines.
Strawberries are a low-calorie, nutrient-dense snack for your dog. They are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and even contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog's teeth. There is also some belief that continued consumption of strawberries can strengthen your dog's immune system and help manage their weight.