Can I Feed My Dog Strawberries?

Dogs love natural sweets and strawberries have nutrients that are good for your dog. The trick is not to let your dog ‘crave’ strawberries but to eat them in moderation.

Strawberries make a healthy snack for your dog but remember that your dog has different nutritional needs from you. If your dog eats too many strawberries, the natural sugar in the berry could cause an upset stomach.

Pros of Dogs Eating Strawberries

Are Strawberries Good for Dogs?
It is okay to feed your dog strawberries, they are good for them, but make sure you do not feed your dog too many strawberries at a time. Use strawberries as a snack and keep the portions small.

According to a major dog food manufacturer, the treats you feed your dog should only be about 10% of his total calories for the day.

Strawberries have good nutritional value as well as:

  • Fiber. Aids indigestion
  • Potassium, magnesium iodine, and folic acid
  • Vitamin C, vitamins B1 and B6 as well as vitamin K. Vitamins and minerals provide cell repair and immune system functions
  • High Water Content
  • An enzyme that keeps the dog’s teeth white
  • Contains antioxidants

Ways to prepare strawberries for your dog

Your dog may ‘pick’ his strawberries from the berry patch, but there are better ways to prepare strawberries for your dog.

  • Wash away dirt and chemicals
  • Cut off the stem
  • Cut them into small pieces if you have a small dog (to prevent choking)
  • Large dogs can eat whole berries

Are Other Berries Good for Your Dog?

Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and even cranberries are safe for your dog. Stay away from berries with pits, and do not let your dog eat juniper berries.

Cons of feeding your dog strawberries

Strawberries are a natural fruit with lots of nutrients and vitamins for your dog. However, strawberries have high sugar content, and sugar is not good for your dog.

Do not let your dog eat too many strawberries because, like everything tasty thing, too many treats can bring on stomach aches.

  • Too Many Strawberries. Strawberries have high sugar content. Feed your dog strawberries in moderation.
  • Choking hazard. If your dog is the kind who just swallows his dog treats whole, there is a risk of choking. Cut strawberries into small bites, especially for small dogs.
  • ¬†Allergy Problems. As with any food, your dog can be allergic to strawberries. If you notice any type of adverse reactions like excessive rubbing the nose or trying to scratch the skin call your veterinarian for allergy help as soon as you can.
  • Sweetened strawberries cause weight gain, allergies, and other health hazards to your dog.
    Your dog will beg for bites of your strawberry pastry but do not give in. Baked pastries or pie can be made with canned, sugared strawberries, which are unbelievably bad for your dog.

Should you feed your dog canned or packaged strawberries?

The advice from veterinarians and dog food manufacturers is absolutely not. Canned and some frozen strawberries are packed in syrup or sugared. The added sugar and calories will give your dog a stomachache, cause weight gain, and tooth decay.

Read the package of your strawberries. The berries may have additives in them used as preservatives. Stay away from strawberries that contain the artificial sweetener xylitol. Xylitol is dangerous and possibly deadly to your dog.

What about foods that have strawberries as part of the ingredients?

  • Dogs love strawberry yogurt.
    The tangy taste and creamy texture is a treat for your dog. However, plain, nonfat yogurt is the best choice for your dog. If you want to offer a treat, strawberry yogurt is acceptable. Read the carton, however, and make sure the yogurt does not contain artificial sweeteners.
  • Strawberry leaves and stems
    Never let your dog eat strawberry leaves or the stem.

It is not common, and the leaves and stems are not toxic to your pup, but they are difficult to digest. If your dog has ingested the leaves of a strawberry plant, watch for vomiting, lethargy, abdominal pain, or a decreased appetite. Get to the vet immediately if you notice these signs.

Should dogs be fed strawberry jam?

The preservatives and sugars in the strawberry jam are dangerous to your dog. Jams have natural fruit and some nutrients, but the amounts are negligible when you compare it to the amount of sugar in jams.

When you cook jams and jellies, the heat diminishes the nutritional advantages of the fruit.

Note: if you feed your dog jams and jellies, you can create the following conditions:
1. Diabetes. Any amount of continuous jellies and jams contribute to dog diabetes.
2. Pancreatitis. Sugar consumption promotes extra digestive enzymes to metabolize sugars. The extra digestive enzymes can end up inflaming the pancreas or digesting the pancreas
3. Cavities. Sweets bring on cavities and damage the tissues of the dog’s gums. Cavities can cause bad breath, teeth loss, and bacterial problems in the mouth.
4. Obesity. If you give you dog sugar, weight gain is a possibility. Weight gain, in turn, stresses joints and leads to a decreased quality of life.

Feeding strawberries to your dog

The occasional strawberry is an excellent way to give your pup a little added nutrition and a treat. Make sure you are giving your pup strawberries safely. Follow these few rules, and you will not go wrong.

Feed your dog fresh strawberries only. Canned strawberries or strawberries frozen with syrup and sugar are not safe for your pup. Do not feed them treats that contain strawberries. Try not to feed your dog strawberries from fruit salads. The dressings, oils, and other ingredients could be harmful to your dog.

Cut strawberries into small pieces to avoid the danger of choking risks. Cut strawberries into small pieces. Try to avoid feeding your dog whole strawberries.

Avoid overfeeding your pup strawberries. Like all tasty foods, strawberries have sugars in them, and feeding your pup too many strawberries at one time will give tummy aches, diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy.

If you have any questions on whether or not strawberries are good for your dog, talk to your veterinarian.

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