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Imagine this – you’re at a beach, it’s hot outside and you just bought a nice fruit salad filled with all sorts of exotic fruits inside. Yummy and refreshing!
You just wanted to share some with your dog, but all sorts of questions started running through your mind. What if it’s not safe for him? Would a bit of that juicy orange harm him? A little bit of that banana is surely fine to share, or is it?
Although there are foods you absolutely shouldn’t share with your dog (such as grapefruit that is highly toxic to dogs), there are others that are safe to share and some that are also healthy for our four-legged friends.
Today, we’re focusing on exotic fruits and on ones that are safe to share with your pup.
So, here we go!
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Kiwis are fine to share with your dog as long as they are unpeeled and given in moderation. This fruit will provide your dog with vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, and potassium.
However, this doesn’t mean you should overfeed your dog with it. Having too many kiwis may cause an upset stomach and lead to some digestive problems such as diarrhea.
Luckily for your dog, papaya is very beneficial for canines as well as for humans. It is, therefore, safe and healthy to feed your pup with a moderate amount of papaya. This delicious fruit contains high levels of vitamin K, E, C, and A, as well as folate and potassium.
It is also rich in magnesium and calcium, both good for muscle and bone growth. It is believed that papaya is beneficial for your dog’s heart health, bone health, and overall immune system.
This large citrus is one of the most funny-tasting citrus fruits you will ever try. It’s mild and sweet but still has that lemony and grapefruity taste.
Although some dog owners use pomelo’s skin to make funny hats to their dogs, pomelos can actually be fed to our furry friends as well.
They are safe for dogs to eat. However, moderation is the key in this case too. Do not exaggerate and your dog will be able to benefit from this fruit’s nutritional benefits.
4. Dragon Fruit
Believe it or not, but your dog can also enjoy some of the tasty dragon fruit as well. Make sure you feed him with the fruit’s meat only otherwise the peel might be too heavy for your dog to digest properly.
Feed occasionally to your dog and he will surely benefit from it and enjoy its sweet taste.
Although you might find on the Internet that avocado is toxic for dogs, that’s not true. What makes some people believe that it’s toxic is the toxin called persin that is actually bad for other animals, but not dogs.
Dogs can have avocado and benefit from it too. Being low in calories and rich in healthy fats, avocado can improve your dog’s absorption of nutrients when fed in small amounts.
Make sure you remove the skin and the pit and feed your pup with small amounts of bite-sized chunks of this healthy fruit. Also, once you remove the pit remember to keep it out of your dog’s reach, as it can be a dangerous choking hazard if ingested.
Not only are cantaloupes one of the most refreshing fruits you can serve your dog during summer days, but it is also a highly nutritive snack your dog will love. Unlike with many other fruits, seeds of the cantaloupe aren’t risky to dogs and won’t lead to digestive issues.
They are low in calories and contain a lot of water, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, thiamine and so on. So, all in all, this fruit will refresh your dog, and provide him with plenty of benefits. It will boost his immune system thanks to cantaloupe’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant features too.
Another delicious tropical fruit you can safely share with your dog is Mango. This amazing fruit is rich in fiber, vitamin A, B6, C and E, which makes it a very nutritious snack for either you or your dog.
It’s safer to serve your dog mango when it’s soft, but you can still share some with your dog even if it’s not ripe. Just make sure you cut it into small pieces before feeding it to your dog. Watch out for the mango seed too, as it could be a choking hazard for your Fido.
Feeding your dog with commercial dog food only is not the only way you can feed your dog. Some people decide to start feeding an only raw diet to their pets, while others simply add a couple of veggies and fruits to their dog’s regular diet.
Some of these exotic fruits will definitely be a great summer treat for your dog, but there are plenty of other foods, fruits, and veggies your dog can benefit from. You just need to do a little research before feeding him anything, because there are also a lot of foods that are dangerous for dogs to eat.
You can also make your own homemade treats that will be full of healthy ingredients and that your dog will adore!
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