In an effort to show your dog extra affection, you might be tempted to give it human food instead of a dog treat.
After all, if you can eat it, then it must be fine to feed it to your dog, right? To be sure, that is not always the case. It’s important to know which fruits and vegetables dogs can eat because while many human foods are fine for them, others are unhealthy or even dangerous.
Dogs have a very different digestive system than humans, and feeding them the wrong things can cause serious health issues or even death.
Dogs, being omnivores, do not particularly require fruit or vegetable consumption, but the occasional treat is fine. Pre-portioned fresh dog foods also include fresh vegetables.
Keep reading to learn what kinds of produce can be shared moderately and which ones should be avoided.
Fruits Dogs Can and Can’t Eat
Indeed, apple consumption by canines is acceptable. You can give your dog an apple a day because it’s full of vitamin A and C and fiber.
They’re great for senior dogs because they’re low in protein and fat. Please remember to first take out the core and discard the seeds.
Try them out frozen for a refreshing treat on hot summer days. Apple-flavored dog treats also contain this ingredient.
Dogs shouldn’t eat avocados, sorry to say. Dogs should not be fed avocados, even though they are a nutritious treat for their human owners.
Persin, a toxin found in the pit, skin, and leaves of avocados, is known to make dogs sick to their stomachs and make them throw up.
The pulpy part of the fruit contains less persin than the rest of the plant, but it’s still toxic to dogs.
Bananas are safe for dogs to eat. Bananas, when given in moderation, are a healthy, low-calorie snack for dogs. They are a good source of biotin, fiber, copper, and vitamins in addition to being high in potassium.
Bananas are a good treat, but not a regular part of your dog’s diet due to their high sugar content and low nutrient density.
Dogs can, in fact, eat blueberries. As a superfood, blueberries protect both humans and dogs from cell damage due to their high antioxidant content.
Fiber and phytochemical content are both high. You’re trying to train your dog to catch treats that are thrown in the air, right? Rather than buying candy, you could snack on blueberries instead.
Canines are safe to eat cantaloupe. Cantaloupe is an excellent source of both water and fiber, and it contains few calories.
However, due to its high sugar content, it should be given to dogs sparingly, especially overweight dogs or those with diabetes.
Cherries are not safe for canine consumption. Except for the fleshy part surrounding the seed, all parts of the cherry plant contain cyanide and are toxic to dogs.
Your dog’s blood cells will die if they don’t get enough oxygen because cyanide interferes with cellular oxygen transport. Dilated pupils, trouble breathing, and red gums are all possible symptoms of cyanide poisoning in your dog if it eats cherries.
Cranberries are safe for canine consumption. Dogs can safely consume cranberries and dried cranberries in moderation.
It’s unclear if your dog will enjoy this sour snack. However, as with any treat, cranberries should be given to dogs in moderation, as giving them too many can cause an upset stomach.
To answer your question, yes, cucumbers are safe for canines to eat. Weighty dogs can benefit greatly from eating cucumbers because they contain almost no calories, fat, or oil, and they can even increase activity levels. Potassium, copper, magnesium, biotin, and vitamins K, C, and B1 can all be found in abundance.
Grapes are not safe for dogs to eat. Whatever the breed, sex, or age of your dog, you should never feed them grapes or raisins (dried grapes).
The toxicity of grapes is such that it can cause rapid kidney failure. In no uncertain terms, this is a fruit that should never be fed to a dog.
Mangoes are safe for canine consumption, yes. Vitamins A, B6, C, and E can all be found in this delicious summertime treat.
They are a good source of potassium, as well as alpha- and beta-carotene. Keep in mind that, as is the case with most fruits, the cyanide-containing hard pit should be removed before eating the fruit itself. Mango should be consumed in moderation due to its high sugar content.
Oranges are safe for dogs to eat. Although veterinarians generally agree that oranges are safe for dogs to eat, they may have a negative reaction to other strongly scented citrus fruits.
The juicy flesh of an orange makes for a healthy treat for your dog, as it is high in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
When feeding an orange to your dog, it is best to remove the peel and only give your dog the orange’s flesh, without the seeds. Your dog may literally turn up their nose at the orange peel because of the oils in it and the discomfort it causes their digestive systems.
For sure, canines can enjoy some juicy peaches without worry. Peaches, whether fresh or frozen, are high in fiber and vitamin A and may even aid in the fight against infections when consumed in moderation; however, like cherry pits, peach pits contain cyanide.
If you take the time to carefully remove the pit, fresh peaches are a delicious summertime snack. Don’t eat canned peaches because of the excessive amounts of sugar in the syrups.
Pears are safe for dogs to eat, so yes, you read that right. High in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and copper, pears make for a healthy and satisfying munch any time of day.
Eating the fruit may cut your risk of stroke in half, according to some studies.
Remove the pit and the seeds from the pear before eating it, as the seeds may contain cyanide. Avoid the sugary canned pears.
Pineapple can be eaten by dogs without any worries. Dogs love the sweet taste of pineapple, but make sure to cut off the thorny peel and crown first.
Nutrient- and fiber-rich, the tropical fruit is a healthy choice. Moreover, it has bromelain, an enzyme that aids in protein digestion for canines.
Pure pumpkin is a fantastic and nutritious treat for canines. It’s great for digestion and can help remedy both diarrhea and constipation, so your dog will benefit there as well as with his skin and coat.
Always remember that pumpkin pie filling is toxic to dogs. Make sure the pumpkin puree you buy is actually pumpkin. Both pumpkin supplements and pumpkin-flavored dog treats are widely available.
Raspberry consumption by dogs is acceptable. To a certain extent, raspberries are fine. Dogs benefit greatly from the antioxidants that are found in them.
High in fiber, manganese, and vitamin C, while low in sugar and calories. Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, raspberries are especially beneficial for senior dogs.
Although raspberries are healthy for dogs, because of the xylitol content, you should not feed your dog more than a quarter cup at a time.
Certainly, strawberry consumption by canines is acceptable. There is a lot of fiber and vitamin C in strawberries. Furthermore, they have an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth as he or she eats them. Give them sparingly due to the sugar content.
Tomatoes are not safe for dogs to eat. Tomatoes are generally considered safe for dogs to eat once they have fully ripened, but the green, unripe parts of the plant contain a toxic substance called solanine.
Even though a dog would have to eat quite a bit of the tomato plant for it to make him or her sick, it’s best to avoid feeding him or her any tomatoes as a precaution.
Watermelon is safe for canine consumption. The rind and seeds of a watermelon should be removed before feeding it to a dog because they can cause an obstruction in the dog’s digestive tract. It’s an excellent source of the vitamins A, B-6, and C, as well as the mineral potassium.
Because it contains 92% water, watermelon is a great way to help your dog stay hydrated on hot summer days. (You can even get dog treats in the shape of watermelons if you want.)
Vegetables Dogs Can and Can’t Eat
Asparagus is not safe for canine consumption. Although there is no solid evidence that suggests it is harmful, feeding your dog asparagus is probably not a good idea.
Asparagus loses many of its beneficial compounds when cooked to a soft consistency more suitable for canine consumption. If you must share a vegetable, opt for one with the most health benefits.
Broccoli is safe for dogs to eat in very small amounts, but it should only be given to them on occasion. It has a lot of fiber and vitamin C and very little fat.
But the isothiocyanates in broccoli florets can irritate some dogs’ stomachs in a range from mild to severe. Broccoli stalks are also known to cause esophageal obstruction.
Brussels sprouts are safe for dogs to eat. Whether you’re feeding your dog or yourself, Brussels sprouts are a nutritious and antioxidant-rich choice.
However, don’t give your dog too many of them at once, as doing so can lead to excessive flatulence. The same gassy warning applies to dogs who eat cabbage.
Carrots are safe for canines to eat. Carrots, which are rich in fiber and the precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene, make for a great low-cal snack.
In addition, many commercial dog foods feature this fun and beneficial orange vegetable.
Canines can safely eat celery. This crunchy green snack is packed with heart-healthy nutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants in addition to vitamins A, B, and C. In addition, celery is commonly used to improve a dog’s breath.
Dogs can, indeed, enjoy a healthy serving of green beans. Green beans in any form (chopped, steamed, raw, or canned) are fine for dogs to eat as long as they are unseasoned.
Green beans are an excellent source of fiber and are both low in calories and low in fat. If you’re going to feed your dog canned green beans, look for options with little to no salt.
Mushrooms are not safe for canine consumption. Dogs should avoid eating any wild mushrooms. Only about 50-100 of the 50,000 species of mushrooms in the world are known to be toxic, but even one of those can be fatal to your dog.
If you want to err on the side of caution, it’s best to avoid giving your dog any fungi at all.
Dogs shouldn’t eat onions, ever. The genus Allium, which includes onions, garlic, leeks, and chives, is toxic to most animals.
Red blood cell rupture, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea are some of the symptoms your dog may experience after eating onions. All dogs are extremely vulnerable to onion poisoning, but the effects are more severe in Japanese dog breeds like Akitas and Shiba Inus.
Peas are a safe food for dogs to eat. Dogs can safely eat the occasional serving of green peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas, or garden/English peas.
Peas are high in protein and fiber and contain a plethora of essential vitamins and minerals. Fresh or frozen peas are fine for your dog to eat, but canned peas with added salt should be avoided.
Although spinach is safe for canines to eat, it’s probably not the best veggie to give Fido. Oxalic acid, which is found in high concentrations in spinach, interferes with calcium absorption and can damage the kidneys.
Your dog would have to eat a lot of spinach for this to be an issue, so you might want to try something else.