Is It Safe to Feed My Dog Strawberries?
Summer doesn’t quite feel like summer until you bite into a juicy, red strawberry—but is it safe to share a strawberry or two with your favorite canine companion?
Luckily, the answer is yes! But like all tasty treats, you need to follow some simple guidelines to ensure your dog stays healthy. Tina Wismer, DVM, MS, DABVT, DABT, and senior director at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, has the safety tips you need to know before you treat your dog with this favorite summer berry.
Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?
“Strawberries are safe for dogs to eat, and many dogs love them,” Wismer says. Keep in mind that many farmers use pesticide treatments when growing strawberries, so give your berries a thorough wash before sharing with your dog (or eating them yourself). A good fruit and vegetable rinse in the sink should do the trick.
If you grow strawberries at home, avoid using pesticides or herbicides, or restrict your dog’s access to that part of your garden to help them avoid any potentially harmful chemicals.
How Much Strawberry Can My Dog Eat?
When it comes to strawberries (and any other sweet treat), Wismer advises feeding only a small amount occasionally. The high sugar content in strawberries can give your dog an upset stomach and diarrhea. It’s always a good idea to start by feeding your dog one or two small berries, and then monitoring for a few hours to make sure her digestive system can handle them. And, as with any dog treat, Wismer recommends limiting your pet’s treat consumption to 10 percent or less of their total diet to keep your pup in tip-top shape.
What Are the Nutritional Benefits of Strawberries?
Strawberries are a great treat or reward to share with your dog. In addition to tasting great, they’re full of fiber and vitamins that help boost your pet’s health. The omega-3 in strawberries will help keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy, while vitamins C, B1, B6, and K help boost the immune system, metabolism, and healthy blood clotting.