My dog eats . . . fruit?

It is entirely coincidence that the last 3 blog posts have involved food and dogs.  Truth is, Miss Lacie Lee is fighting some skin issues.  Severe skin issues.  So we are going down a road with her we have not previously traveled.  We all know eating fruit is good for us.  But is it good for our dogs?

Apples have anti-oxidants and contain pectin, which is a type of soluble fiber that soothes an upset tummy and can help stop diarrhea.  They can also help regulate blood sugar, protect the heart and have some anti-cancer benefits.

Bananas have dietary fiber and can help fight against cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some types of cancer.  When my bananas start to go a little dark, I put them in ziplocs in the freezer for treats for the dogs in their food.  Slice first.

Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries and raspberries contain anthocyanins.  Suffice it to say that these little guys are packed with goodies and can help with inflammation, vision, and general decline due to age.  Again, great frozen.  Do not give strawberries.

Pears are low acid and are good for dogs with a sensitive tummy.  Much like apples, pear skin contains pectin.

Pineapple has antioxidant properties and lots of vitamin C, and is thought to help with arthritis.  Small amounts of pineapple only please.

Watermelon is my favorite, as well as one of Lacie’s.  It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Do NOT give:

avocados, citrus fruits (like oranges and grapefruit), fruit pits and seeds including apple seeds, and grapes and raisins.

As always, if you have any questions, talk to your vet!