Fruits and Vegetables Dogs Can or Can’t Eat

It's a lazy Sunday afternoon, you’re thinking it's time that I treat myself to a nice snack and watch my favorite show on Netflix. You go to your fridge, put together a comforting salad, and then slide over to the couch. Everything seems perfect. You look across the room and find your dog attentively eyeing you. A stare showdown ignites; you hope that your furry friend stays put. Still, we all know how it ends. Your dog excitingly comes up to you, wagging his tail and expecting their share of the meal. If you’re wondering which fruits or vegetables your dog can eat, we’ve prepared a list, so you don’t have to.

Fruits and Vegetables Dog Cans or Can’t Eat

No matter how well you feed them, dogs will still have an eye on whatever you're munching on, but to keep our canine friends safe, here's a list of what they can and can't have.

Bananas

Are considered the powerhouse of fruits; they’re a great source of vitamins, potassium, and fiber. You have to be watchful of their sugar content, though. Peel, cut, and serve them in the appropriate size. They can also be provided as a frozen treat.

Berries

Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries the list is endless. No worries, though; they’re full of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber which are great for your dog’s health. You can serve them as a tasty frozen treat on those hot summer days.

Coconut

Want a great hair day for your dog every day? Say no more. We recommend adding coconut to your dog’s diet. It’s versatile, so you can use it in multiple forms. Coconut benefits include improved immunity, skin, and much-needed breath.

Apples

Apples are a tasty treat for your pup. They are rich in vitamins and fiber. However, make sure you dispose of the seeds as they contain cyanide, and the apple core as well, which may be a choking hazard for some dogs. This rule applies to all other pits and seeds as well, like cherries, plums, and peaches.

Mangoes

An exotic favorite for the masses, we love mangoes, and our dogs do as well. They’re full of vitamins and fiber. However, be careful of the pit rule (no seeds or pits allowed) and their high sugar content. We recommend that you contact your veterinarian to know when and how much mango is okay for your dog.

Nectarines, Peaches, and Pears

These tasty treats pack a ton of vitamins, fiber, and other beneficial nutrients, which positively affect your dog’s eye health, skin, and fur. Yet they do have those cyanide-containing pits, so be careful.

Oranges

Oranges have a lot of Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that slows down aging and helps with inflammation. But orange peels don’t go down well with a dog’s digestive tracts, so make sure you only give them the inside of the fruit.

Pineapple

Pineapples contain a rich dose of vitamins and minerals, boosting your dog’s immune system and digestive health. However, they do have high sugar content, so always consult with your vet on the proper amount to give to your dog. Here are some ideas on how to serve this tasty treat to your dog.

Cantaloupes and Watermelon

A definite summer treat and our favorite hydration trick. They’re high in nutrients and fiber, but also sugar. So if your furry friend is putting on extra pounds, we are better off without them. To avoid the possibility of any upset stomachs, take out the rind too.

Raspberries

While dogs can generally eat most berries, raspberries are an exception. They contain minute amounts of Xylitol, which is very dangerous even in those small amounts.

Potatoes

Cooked are fine, but raw potatoes contain solanine. If your dog has some, it might develop some symptoms like an upset stomach or confusion. So make sure those potatoes are well cooked.

Asparagus

While not toxic, it’s not easy for dogs to chew and digest. In addition, cooking it with oil or spices might cause upset stomachs.

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers, especially red ones, are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, which are essential for your dog’s immune system. We recommend removing the stems and seeds and introducing them in small amounts to avoid any digestion issues.

Broccoli

Rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and folic acid, it can be served cooked or raw. However, broccoli’s known for causing many digestive problems, so consult your vet on the proper amount to introduce.

Brussel Sprouts

Full of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants, the only downside is their potential to cause a lot of gas. So be mindful and consult your vet on introducing them to your dog’s diet.

Grapes and Raisins

Considered extremely harmful to your dog and can even cause permanent damage to your dog’s health. We can not stress this enough, no grapes or raisins. If you suspect that your dog may have ingested some, seek medical attention.

Avocados

Contain persin, which is toxic to your dog’s health if ingested in large amounts. Its pit's known to be a choking hazard, all in all, it's a very risky treat so why risk it? Nah, we love our furry friends too much.

Mushrooms

The ones used in cooking are considered safe for your dog’s consumption. However, you need to watch out for wild mushrooms, which can be toxic to you and your dog. So be on the lookout whenever you’re going on a long walk or a hike.

Tomatoes

Any unripe tomatoes contain “tomatine,” which is toxic for your dog. Ingesting it can damage your dog’s nervous, kidney, or digestive system. So make sure if you have them in your house to keep them packed away and if you are growing them, make sure your dog does not have any access.

Onions and Garlic

It's a known fact that onions and garlic are harmful to dogs. That’s because they’re capable of destroying your dog’s red blood cells. Some would argue that it's okay to have some if they’re well cooked or dried; we argue that it isn't worth the risk.

Grapefruit and Limes

Contain citric acid that can be toxic in large quantities. The least you can expect is an upset stomach, and in extreme cases, it can affect your pet’s nervous system. Better avoided.

Rhubarb

If you like to grow rhubarb in your garden. Take extra care when your dog is around, as it can affect your dog’s digestive, nervous, and kidney systems altogether.

Conclusion

We hope that covers all the fruits and vegetables that your dog can or can’t eat so that the next time you get the puppy's eyes stare, you'll know what to do. We always recommend that you do it in moderation and under observation when introducing a new item to your dog’s diet. Always consult with your veterinarian first, as dogs come in all shapes and sizes, so what applies to one might not apply to another.