Now that summer is here and the farmers markets are teeming with colorful produce, you may find yourself with an abundance of fresh fruit in your kitchen. And of course, whatever you’re eating, Virginia Woof wants a bite of, too. Which has you wondering, Can dogs eat strawberries? The answer is yes!
We checked in with veterinarian Dr. Katja Lang from Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, who assured us that it’s perfectly safe to give your pup some of your berry fruit salad (blueberries are good for your dog, too). In fact, strawberries can be a healthy, low-cal treat for your dog that’s high in fiber and vitamin C. And according to the American Kennel Club, “over time, fresh fruit may help slow down the aging process, strengthen the immune system[no comma] and help with weight management.”
Another benefit of treating your dog to some fresh berries? Unlike packaged treats that are often high in salt, fat and artificial additives, you know exactly what he’s eating. To give your dog a tasty snack, wash strawberries first, remove the stems and then cut them up into small pieces to aid digestion and prevent choking. For petite pups, you can mash up the berries first and then add them to their regular food.
But Dr. Lang cautioned us to only feed berries to our pooch in moderation. That’s because you don’t know how your dog will react to a food that he’s never had before. Your best bet is to start with a small amount and keep an eye on Winnie the Poodle to see if there are any changes in behavior or digestion. If you notice anything unusual, give your veterinarian a call.