Dogs naturally want to share food with their owners, however when it comes to fruit it is best to err on the side of caution. Certain fruits can be dangerous for dogs to eat, some work well as a healthy snack, while others are safe to consume but also come with side effects.
Newsweek asked canine experts what fruits can dogs eat - from bananas, blueberries, watermelon and more - as well as those that should be avoided.
Can Dogs Eat Fruit?
Speaking Newsweek, Dr. Jerry Klein, the chief veterinary officer at the American Kennel Club (AKC), explained typical symptoms that occur when a dog consumes fruits that pose a risk to their health include vomiting and diarrhea.
"In worse cases, such as cyanide poisoning, this could include difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, red gums or even kidney failure," Klein said. Cyanide can potentially be lethal if ingested in large enough amounts, the AKC notes.
Klein said: "Most of the fruit emergencies are rare...in our emergency room, we would see as many as 5-10 per week."
He warned owners should be careful with fruits that have pits, as "they can cause your pet to choke or obstruct their intestines, particularly plum and peach pits, which also contain poisonous cyanide."
Michael San Filippo, a spokesperson for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), told Newsweek it's important that fruits "are given in small, bite-sized portions, with the cores, stems, peels and seeds removed."
The AVMA spokesperson added fruits should only...
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