Mmm, strawberries, little red flavor explosions. They’re one of the sweetiest, tastiest fruits around. Nothing says summer like a fruit salad topped with strawberries, or a strawberry popsicle right out of the freezer. But have you ever wondered, can my dog eat strawberries, too?
The answer is: yes! Strawberries are among the fruits that dogs can safely enjoy. As omnivores, dogs benefit from many different fruits and vegetables for the same reasons humans do: these foods are low in fat and sugar, and high in vitamins and fiber.
Strawberries aren’t just a sweet, juicy snack. They also contain healthy antioxidants and vitamin C. Fresh fruit can help strengthen their immune system. And replacing fatty, salty snacks with strawberries and other fresh produce can even help with weight management over time.
Just be sure to feed your dog fresh or unsweetened frozen strawberries, rather than strawberries that have been dusted with sugar or packed in syrup. Too much sugar isn’t good for a dog’s health, and can lead to diabetes and other health issues down the line.
Oh, and one more thing: as with most treats, strawberries are best served to your dog in moderation. Too much fruit can cause loose stool or constipation, depending on the fiber content. And the natural sugar that makes strawberries taste so sweet is best consumed in small amounts.
Not all dogs like fruits and veggies, but they’re a healthy snack for the ones that do. If your dog likes to eat whole strawberries, feel free to toss them one or two from your own bowl next time you’re enjoying fruit salad.
Here are some other ways to serve your dog strawberries:
- Chop up strawberries and sprinkle them over your dog’s daily meal
- Give your four-legged friend a frozen strawberry to munch as a cool, crunchy snack
- Whir up a dog-friendly smoothie with strawberries as a featured ingredient
- Puree fresh strawberries and freeze in ice cube trays for a simple summer dog treat
You can also buy professionally-made dog treats with strawberries. For example, Fruitables makes a great low-calorie treat for dogs that contains strawberries.
It’s simple to make dog-friendly strawberry frozen treats at home. Check out this recipe from our blog!
- Put a handful of frozen strawberries in the blender. Aim for about 4-6 berries.
- Add 2 ounces of yogurt and 2 ounces of water.
- Blend, adding water if needed to aid the blending process.
- Spoon the prepared batter into ice cube trays or silicone molds
- Freeze until solid
That’s it! You’ve made a quick, easy, delicious strawberry treat for your dog.
We offer a collection of articles on foods that are healthy or dangerous for dogs to eat, covering everything from grains, fruits, and vegetables. You might also be interested in reading “Can My Dog Eat Mango?“
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.
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