Smaller pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters etc. are huge fans of fruits and veg. However, they can also make great additions to your cat and dog’s diet too!
If you’re looking to help your pet cut some weight or just looking to replace pet treats for a healthier alterntative, then here are 12 fruits that are safe for a dog or cat’s consumption.
Just remember to deseed or pit any fruit that it applies to before feeding to your pet to avoid choking. Also, don’t overfeed your pets with too much fruit as it could upset their stomach! Keep them as treats.
Apples are high in fibre and low in fat. They can be used as the perfect snack for any overweight or senior pets that could have a lower metabolism.
They’re also loaded with Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are needed for healthy bones and tissue. Just be sure to take out the core and pips first, as they contain cyanide.
Apricots are full of potassium and beta-carotene – both of which are good for fighting cancer. However, before feeding to your pet get rid of the pit, stem and leaves as they are all poisonous.
Another brilliant source of potassium which can support kidney and heart functions. Bananas are also a great source of carbohydrates and a high sugar content so they should only be given to dogs sparingly.
Slice them up into pieces and just make them the occasional treat. If you’re still not sure, ask your vet for their opinion.
Blueberries are good and help prevent cell and tissue damage because of their antioxidant properties. This affects our pets the same way as it does with us humans.
They may lessen the chances of your pet developing urinary tract infections as well as apparently have shown to improve night vision!
Vitamin C, fibre and manganese can make cranberries a very attractive snack for cats and dogs. That’s so long as they can handle the tartness and don’t just spit it back out!
Raw, cooked or dried cranberries are fine for your pets but keep them clear of the likes of cranberry sauce and juice. The latter contains a lot of sugar that will upset your pet’s stomach.
As for all pitted fruits, remove the stone in the middle of a mango before feeding this vitamin-packed treat to your pet. It’s also best to remove the skin and chop it into small pieces to allow easier digestion.
The nutrients and Vitamin C in oranges can help flush out toxins in the body and help towards your pets immune system. However, only feed the flesh to your pet as the skin, seeds, stem and leaves all contain a poisnous oil to dogs and cats.
Dogs are known to enjoy an orange treat, but cats may not be too interested in them.
Loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin A and fiber – pears are great snack served in moderation to your pet. Just be sure to take the pips out for the same reason as apples and oranges.
Small slices is all your pet needs and it can also contribute to anti-cancer properties.
Pineapples are bursting with vitamins such as folate and zinc, which can help towards your pet’s digestion as well as their immune system. However, as with all sugary fruits just keep it in small quantities.
It also goes without saying, but be sure to remove any pineapple skin too, as its spikes make it quite the choking hazard.
The anti-inflammatory properties of raspberries makes them a good treat for senior pets. There is a huge BUT that comes with this fruit though.
They should be kept to an absolute minimal if used as a pet treat as there’s a very small amount of naturally occurring xylitol. As you may know from our list of toxic human foods for dogs, this sweetener can be fatal to dogs.
If you’re not too sure about feeding your pet raspberries, ask your vet for advice. They may well tell you NOT to feed it to your dog though.
Fresh or frozen, strawberries can help keep your pet healthy if eaten raw or pureed over their normal food. The nutrients they contain can help strengthen the immune system as well as slow down any issues that come with aging.
A great way to keep your pet hydrated in warm weather, considering a watermelon is 92% water. It contains the vitamins to help maintain healthy muscle and nerve function.
Just make sure the seeds are removed or you give your pet a seedless watermelon. While there’s no mention of them containing poisnous substances like apples and pears do, they can still be a potential choking hazard.
Quite a lot to choose from! Remember, always ask your vet first if you’re still not sure what is and isn’t okay to feed your pet when it comes to fruit.
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