Can dogs eat strawberries? Yes, they can! However, make sure that you wash them properly and cut them into small pieces to avoid choking. Read on to learn more.
All of us dog parents are familiar with the habit of sharing our favorite goodies with our pets. However, when you cut up all those nutritious fruits and vegetables for your supper, do you ever question whether what you’re eating is okay to share with your pet pup?
While not all fruits and vegetables are good for your dog, strawberries are one delectable treat that is both harmless and filled with potent nutrients that promote their health. Strawberries, after all, are a summer staple in fruit salads and home gardens.
Consider the following reasons why strawberries are an excellent choice for your pup’s next nutritious snack.
Strawberry Health Benefits
Strawberries, like blueberries, are high in antioxidants, low in calories, and high in dietary fiber. Additionally, they are a rich source of vitamin C. Another benefit of this delectable fruit is its capacity to whiten teeth.
Let us go more into the strawberry’s nutritional profile:
Proteins and fatty acids: Strawberries contain less protein and fat, making them suitable for dogs that may be suffering from renal failure.
Vitamin C: It is a potent antioxidant that fights free radicals that can damage or kill cells in the body. In addition, it aids in the reduction of inflammation, strengthens the immune system, and is considered to aid in the reduction of cognitive aging in older canines and the battle against cancer.
Manganese: This micromineral is necessary for protein and fatty acid metabolization. Moreover, it aids in energy generation and the repair of ligaments and bones.
Folate (folic acid or vitamin B9): Folate is required for DNA synthesis and the creation of red blood cells.
Potassium: It contributes to the health of your dog’s kidneys and heart. Additionally, it maintains regular digestive and muscular processes.
Magnesium: It is necessary for cell energy.
Antioxidants: Antioxidants protect your dog’s molecules and cells from the damage caused by free radicals caused by stress, sickness, aging, environmental pollutants, and disease.
Fiber and water content: The high fiber and water content of this delectable treat aid in digestion by moving food through the digestive tract. Additionally, it aids in weight management and can help avoid constipation or diarrhea.
Malic Acid: This enzyme is a secret strawberry benefit. It aids with the whitening of your pup’s teeth!
As is the case with the majority of fresh fruits and vegetables, strawberries have vitamins and minerals that aid in slowing the aging process, boosting the immune system, and promoting weight stability.
Is There an Adverse Effect of Strawberries on Dogs?
As nutrient-dense as strawberries are, they do have a few drawbacks.
Strawberries are heavy in sugar. Natural sugars may pose issues if your dog is obese or diabetic.
Consult your veterinarian for safe serving quantities prior to providing your dog a berry and only use it as an occasional treat.
Although strawberry allergies in dogs are uncommon, they are possible.
Strawberries have a protein that gives them their vibrant red color and can induce allergy responses in both humans and pets. Keep an eye out for vomiting, diarrhea, itchiness, and hives.
If any of these symptoms are present, your dog may have experienced an adverse reaction and should be sent to a veterinarian.
How to Feed Strawberries to Your Dog Safely
Now that you know you may offer strawberries to your dogs, what is the proper way to do so? The best approach to serve strawberries is to properly wash them and then chop them into little pieces to avoid choking and to facilitate digestion.
If you have a little dog, crush or puree the berries and incorporate them into the dog’s meal. Frozen strawberries, when chopped up, provide a refreshing summer treat.
It is always a good idea to consult your veterinarian before adding any new food to your dog’s diet. And if you do begin giving strawberries to your dog, be cautious and begin with tiny quantities and monitor your dog for any behavioral changes or digestive difficulties.
If you observe anything unusual, discontinue providing them to him and consult your veterinarian.
Sources: AKC, Pumpkin Care