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Fruits for Dogs

A dog requires a balanced diet just as humans do. Fruits and vegetables are a part of a balanced diet that assures that the right vitamins and nutrients, which are required, are being received in amounts that a helpful not harmful. Most people do not think of dogs eating fruits, but there are several that are safe fruits for dogs to eat. There are also some are bad fruits for a dog to eat. So what fruits are good for dogs? How much fruit can a dog have? These questions and others about fruits for dogs have been answered by the Experts below.

What fruits are good for dogs?

There are several fruits that can be good snacks for dogs. Fruits that are low in oxalates are the preferred fruits, as those fruits that are high in oxalates can cause issues that are urinary in nature to small dogs. These fruits are good for dogs and can be given daily as long as it is in moderate amounts; bananas, honeydew, watermelon, papaya, cantaloupe, bing cherries, nectarine, canned cranberries, casaba, mango, and apples that have been peeled and cored.

Even when feeding safe fruits for dogs is there a limit as to how much a dog can have?

Yes even when an owner is feeding safe fruits for dog to their dog, they have to realize that these should only be given in moderation. If a dog receives too many of these fruits, even though they are safe fruits for dogs, the dog can develop diarrhea and generalized digestive tract upset. There is so thing as too much of a good thing. Theses fruits can be given daily just in moderate amounts to avoid any stomach upset.

What are bad fruits for dogs?

There are several fruit that are considered to be bad fruits for dogs. In most cases the seed is the culprit, due to the fact that most of the seeds of these fruit contain the poison cyanide. This poison is toxic to both dogs and humans. If dogs do get a hold of a fruit that has not been pitted, it will take a lot of chewing of the pit to release the amount of cyanide to be toxic enough to harm the dog. These fruits are plums, apricots, prunes, peaches, cherries that are wild, balsam pears, and apples that have not been peeled and cored.

Are fruits for dogs okay if the dog has calcium oxalate stones?

If a dog has been diagnosed with calcium oxalate stones, then fruit should be left out of the dog’s diet. Even though there are safe fruits for dogs, the fruits can cause the urine to be more acidic. In a dog that have calcium oxalate stones, it is best that the dog’s urine stay on the alkaline side to help keep from forming these crystals and stones.

There are safe fruits for dogs to eat and there are bad fruits for dogs to eat. Most bad fruits are due to the fruit having a pit or a seed that contains cyanide, which if chewed in quantity can poison the dog. A few of the safe fruits for dogs are watermelon, papaya, and mango. Fruits for dogs should be given in moderation, daily is ok as long as it is not in mass quantities. Dogs that have calcium oxalate stones should not have fruit added to their diet, due to the fruit increasing the acidity of their urine. Any questions about fruits for dogs can be asked of the Experts.

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