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Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?

In moderation, strawberries are a tasty, healthy treat for your pup

by Jane McGivern Levine
31 October 2023
A dog staring at a bowl of strawberries on a table
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Nothing beats biting into a plump, juicy strawberry during peak season. And the good news is, your dog can enjoy them right along with you. As long as you stick to fresh strawberries, this warm-weather favourite is a healthy, tasty treat for your pup (canned strawberries or strawberries in syrup are high in sugar and should be avoided). Keep reading to learn the health benefits of strawberries for dogs and how to add them to your pup’s diet.

The health benefits of strawberries for dogs

Strawberries are a very low-calorie, nutritious fruit for dogs. Theyre a great source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help reduce inflammation and cognitive ageing in dogs. Theyre also loaded with vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and vitamin K, as well as potassium, magnesium, iodine and folic acid.

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, strawberries can keep your dog s skin healthy and their coat shiny. Strawberries are also high in fibre, which can help aid your dog’s digestion. They even have a special enzyme that helps whiten your pups teeth.

How to add strawberries to your dogs diet

Start by washing the strawberries thoroughly. Remove the tops, stems and leaves. Then cut the fruit into bite-size pieces to avoid choking and help with digestion. Strawberries can also be pureed and added to your dog’s food. Frozen pieces can be saved to be used later for tasty treats or even training incentives. To be safe, do not feed your dog canned or processed strawberries, or products with artificial strawberry flavours, as they could be hazardous to your pups health.

Strawberries contain sugar so a little bit goes a long way. Eating too many strawberries may give your dog diarrhoea or an upset stomach. (If you have a strawberry patch in your yard, do not give your dog free access to it.) A good rule of thumb is one strawberry per day for small dogs, three to four for medium dogs, and a maximum of five strawberries for large dogs.

Whenever you add a new food to your dogs diet, its best to take it slow. Start with small quantities and see how your dog responds. Allergic reactions to strawberries are not common but can happen. To be on the safe side, check with your veterinarian before feeding your dog strawberries.

Note: while caution was taken to give safe recommendations and accurate instructions in this article, it is impossible to predict an individual dog’s reaction to any food or ingredient. Readers should consult their vets and use personal judgement when applying this information to their own dogs’ diets.

Jane McGivern Levine

Jane McGivern Levine

Jane Levine holds a master’s degree in Written Communication and Teaching. She loves spending time at her cabin in the woods with her husband and three dogs.

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