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Can dogs have strawberries?

Updated on June 29, 2010

Strawberries have always been one of the most popular fruits. These fruits were valued for ages not only because of its juicy freshness. The bright red color of the fruit that is perfectly complemented by the green caps gives these fruits an appealing appearance. But what made the fruit unique are the yellow seeds that are found outside unlike other seeds that are hidden inside the fruit. Did you know that this heart shaped red fruit is the symbol of Venus, the goddess of love? Legend has it that by dividing the fruit and sharing the other half with another will make the eaters fall in love or form a lasting relationship. Is this perhaps the reason why dog owners would share the fruit with their pets? Dogs are fed vegetables, fruits and other people food. However, we know that some people food would have toxic effects on the pet. Are strawberries safe for the dogs? Can dogs have this fruit that symbolizes perfection and righteousness? Strawberries are not only safe for the dog; these fruits also give canines loads of healthful benefits.

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Strawberries…a supplement to Fido’s diet

High quality dog foods touted to contain all the nutrients needed by the dog are found to be nutritionally deficient. Thus owners have taken to supplementing the pet’s diet with human foods safe for the dog. Fortunately, dogs are omnivorous and would not say no to fruits and vegetables.

What’s good about strawberries?

Strawberries contain loads of nutrients with vitamin C heading the list. What healthful benefits would Fido get from vitamin C? Recent studies have proven that supplementing a dog’s manufactured dog food with human foods rich in vitamin C has eased the  pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders. Strawberries have anti-inflammatory properties that block enzymes whose over activity contributes to the inflammation of the muscles and joints. Strawberry is a cleansing food that removes harmful toxins from the blood. Along with the great taste, when a strawberry is tossed, deftly caught and ingested by the pet, Fido will get significant levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants. The antioxidants are not only responsible for the bright red coloring of the fruits. Antioxidants fight the free radicals that damage the cells. Studies have proven that cancer and other degenerating diseases are less common in canines with strawberries and other fruits in their diet. The fiber content of this fruit aids in the proper functioning of the dog’s digestive system too.

When strawberries are not good for the dog

Ideally, strawberries should be made a part of human’s daily diet. It is quite easy to have these sweet juicy fruits on the table everyday as although these fruits are abundant in the summer months, they are also available the whole year round. Dogs though must not be given large quantities of the fruit. Remember, strawberries, like oranges, has acid content that can cause gastro intestinal upset. Diarrhea is the most common outcome when the dog has ingested large quantities of the fruit. Over consumption of the fruit will make the dog gain weight as well. The pet’s obesity would naturally lead to other health concerns. Inclusion of the fruit in the diet will promote the dog’s health and enhance its immune system but as always people food must be given to the pet in moderation.

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