Can dogs eat strawberries? A question dog owners are likely to be asking, especially in strawberry season. Here in the article you will get the answer.
If you’re eating a strawberry with delight, your four-legged friend looks at you longingly and you’re wondering, “Can my dog eat strawberries?”, then you’ve come to the right place. There are fruits that are difficult for dogs to digest, but strawberries are not one of them. In this article, we explain why strawberries in moderation are actually healthy for your dog and what foods you shouldn’t give them.
Can dogs eat strawberries?
The short answer is yes. As a general rule, dogs tolerate strawberries well. As with humans, our four-legged friends can also react sensitively to one or another fruit. You will then notice this through diarrhea or other digestive disturbances. If your dog has no known intolerances, you can confidently feed strawberries to your dog. Strawberries must be washed beforehand and be ripe.
How many strawberries can my dog eat?
Your dog’s size and weight determine how many strawberries he can eat. There is no general rule, so it is advisable to start with small amounts, for example, two or three strawberries a day. If your dog tolerates fruit well, you can increase the amount. However, strawberries should be treated as a treat and therefore should not be given too often or in excess. If the amounts are too high, the dog -even without intolerance- can have digestive problems. This is not because strawberries are harmful to dogs, but to the digestive tract.
Biologically, dogs belong to the group of carnivores – carnivora in Latin. However, it is disputed whether they belong to carnivores or omnivores. Therefore, the term meat omnivore has become common.
Are strawberries healthy for dogs?
Strawberries contain according to pharmacy magazine about 55 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams, even more than spinach. Dogs need trace elements, vitamins and protein for a healthy diet, so a strawberry treat can provide a healthy summer snack. Here you can see the nutritional values of the strawberry:
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- Energy (kcal): 32
- Total fat (g): trace
- Total carbohydrates (g): 6
- Sodium (Na): 3
- Potassium (K): 160
- Calcium (Ca): 20
- Magnesium (Mg): 15
- Phosphate (P): 25
- Iron (Fe): 0.6
- Zinc (Zn): 0.3
- Beta carotene (µg): 15
- vitamin E(mg): 0.1
- vitamin B1 (mg): 0.03
- vitamin B2 (mg): 0.05
- vitamin B6 (mg): 0.06
- Folic acid (mcg): 45
- vitamin C(mg): 55
Dogs can eat strawberries, but what is a taboo?
Strawberries do not contain any ingredients that are harmful to dogs. However, there are foods that you should not give your four-legged friend. Purina, a pet food manufacturer, has published a list on the subject. You can see the summary here:
- alcohol and caffeine
- Fatty food
- Bones (especially chicken bones, as they can splinter)
- Macadamia nuts
- milk and milk products
- nightshades (including tomatoes)
- stone fruit pits
- Raw beans and lentils
- raw pork
Also, you should not give your dog elderberries. The berries contain sambunigrin, a substance toxic to dogs and humans. You should also not feed them with quince and carambola.