If there’s any pet that requires constant attention, it’s a dog. And what should you pay the closest attention to? His diet!
As you’re probably aware, dogs are quite happy to sniff out and chow down on anything and everything. Some dogs seem to be hungry all the time, whereas others are just curious about how something might taste. Your doggo might wolf down all sorts of things without you even noticing. Unfortunately, this means that he might end up eating something that isn’t good for him, or may even make him sick.
Of course, it’s not always your dog’s fault: owners may also be guilty of feeding their precious companion a particular food that they think is okay, but it turns out to be harmful. Thankfully, there are lots of foods out there that harbor nutritional benefits for both humans and dogs—some of which you can even eat together (on separate plates, of course!).
So, how do you know what’s good for him and what’s not? One food group that often confuses dog owners is fruit. We all know that fruit is good for humans, and it’s possible for your dog to enjoy a variety of fruits if they’re prepared properly. Let’s take a look at a very popular fruit: strawberries.
Strawberries are a delicious summer fruit known for their distinctive aroma, bright red color, and sweet taste. They’re a fantastic addition to any breakfast, smoothie, dessert, and they make a great snack, too! What’s more, strawberries are packed with antioxidants, dietary fiber, and vitamin C. But can dogs eat strawberries?
Fortunately, yes! Strawberries are a yummy, low-calorie treat for your beloved companion. They not only make an excellent alternative to those commercial dog treats (which are often full of unhealthy ingredients), they have loads of benefits for a dog’s wellbeing.
The benefits of giving your dog strawberries include:
Too much of any food isn’t good for dogs—the same way it’s not good for you. Strawberries contain quite a lot of fruit sugar (called fructose), which can be difficult for a dog’s digestive system in large amounts. Eating too many strawberries in one sitting can lead to an upset stomach, along with gas, bloating, or diarrhea. Remember, also, that excess sugar can result in unnecessary weight gain.
It’s best to keep strawberries in moderation, just as you’d eat them yourself. It’s also a good idea to ask your veterinarian about appropriate serving sizes for your particular dog. If you grow strawberries at home, monitor your dog’s access to the garden and make sure he can’t get in and eat them! Avoid using pesticides or herbicides on your fruit if you do feed them to your dog.
The best way to serve strawberries to your pooch is in limited amounts. After all, they should be a treat, not a meal. First, wash the strawberries thoroughly, then cut them up into small pieces. A whole strawberry can pose a choking hazard—especially if your dog is prone to inhaling his food rather than chewing it up! Small pieces will also be easier for him to digest. For smaller dogs, try mashing the strawberries up into a puree before adding them to your dog’s food.
You might also like to try freezing small pieces of strawberry and serving them to your doggo as a sweet summer treat—one that you can both share!
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