Can dogs eat strawberries?
Dogs love a juicy red strawberry, just like us! But, is it safe for dogs and puppies to eat strawberries?
When the Summer sunshine arrives, what is more delicious than a juicy, red strawberry? You'll probably find your dog thinks the same! But how safe is it for dogs to eat strawberries?
Here's the good news! It is perfectly safe to share a strawberry or two with your dog. The same applies to puppies and younger dogs.
Health benefits for dogs eating strawberries
Strawberries aren't the first food you think of when you consider a dog's regular diet, but it's worth remembering that dogs are omnivores. This means, just like humans, they can digest fruit and vegetables as well as meat.
There is a range of health benefits that come from feeding strawberries to dogs. You'll find potassium, manganese, and Vitamin C are in abundance in this delicious fruit.
Vitamin C is beneficial to the canine immune system. Manganese is a mineral that helps convert carbohydrates and proteins from their regular dog food into energy. Potassium is excellent for nerve and muscle function, particularly from its natural form, rather than added artificially to dog food.
Strawberries can also help to keep your dog's teeth white as they contain a tooth whitening enzyme.
How many strawberries can my dog eat?
It's best to keep strawberries as a treat. They contain sugar, albeit naturally occurring. With canine diabetes becoming an issue for many dogs, it is best to limit the amount of sugar they eat, especially if they are overweight. Your vet will recommend that treats make up no more than 10% of your dog's diet. So, don't feed your dog a whole punnet of strawberries but sharing the odd one can be beneficial.
What about feeding strawberries to puppies?
Strawberries are safe for puppies to eat. Cut them into small pieces to avoid any issues with choking. Alternatively, you can mash them up. Just be aware of the number of treats you feed to your puppy. The majority of their sustenance should come from a nutritionally balanced complete feed to ensure they grow big and strong. Don't give in to their puppy dog eyes pleading with you to share your food!