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IT’S not uncommon to want to spoil your dog with unwanted scraps.
But can they eat fruit including bananas and apples?
Can dogs eat bananas?
Many assume that if it’s safe for humans to eat, it should be safe for our fury friends, right?
While many foods are safe for dogs to eat, some are very unhealthy and downright dangerous, so it’s critical to learn which fruits and vegetables dogs can eat.
Dogs digest food differently to humans, and eating the wrong foods can lead dogs to long-term health problems and, in extreme cases, even death.
Dogs can eat bananas but should only be eaten in moderation.
They are a great low-calorie treat, providing a range of nutritional benefits including being high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fibre, and copper.
They’re also low in cholesterol and sodium, but because of their high sugar content, bananas should be given as a treat, not part of your dog’s main diet.
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Can dogs eat apples?
Apples are a great treat for dogs.
They are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as fibre for your dog.
Apples are also low in protein and fat – making them a good choice for senior dogs.
Just be sure to remove the seeds and core first.
Try them frozen for an icy warm weather snack.
What fruits can dogs eat?
Dogs digest foods differently than humans do, and eating the wrong foods can lead dogs to long-term health problems and, in extreme cases, even death.
As meat eaters, dogs have no real need for fruits or vegetables as part of their diet, but an occasional fruit or veggie as a treat is fine.
Other fruits dogs can eat include blueberries, cantaloupe, cranberries, mango, peaches, pears, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries and watermelon.
You should be careful if you consider to put your dog on an entirely plant-based diet or vegan diet.
Using the parts of farm animals that we as humans choose not to eat for our pet’s diets is a really sustainable way to feed our furry friends.
They can actually use more resources or release more greenhouse gasses than using up the nutritious, delicious and natural animal parts from the human food chain that would otherwise end up in landfill.
They are called “animal byproducts” but that doesn’t mean they are poor-quality ingredients.
Dogs and cats are natural meat eaters, so to deprive them of it because of our moral values doesn’t sit well with me. If you want a vegan pet, a rabbit is a great option.
You should also consider which plants are safe for your pets.
There are a number of common plants that can be found in your gardens that can make your dog ill.