Is Fruit Good for Dogs?

Most fruits offer the same nutritional benefits to dogs as they do humans, but raisins and grapes can be deadly.

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Q: Does fruit have any nutritional benefits for dogs?

A: Some dogs love fruit, and it has many of the same nutritional benefits for dogs as it does for humans. However, I must caution you and other dog owners that raisins and grapes can be toxic to dogs' kidneys, and even a small amount can result in kidney failure or death. The toxic ingredient in grapes and raisins that affects dogs but not humans is not known.

All other fruit appears to be safe, but should only be offered in small amounts. There is a potential for significant gas formation in the intestines, and if your dog spends a lot of time in the house, you may have to invest in some air fresheners.

Vegetables like carrots appear to have fewer side effects on dog bowels, so consider offering these as well if your dogs like them. They may be beneficial for eyesight in dogs as they are in humans.

Jon Geller, DVM

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melissa   columbus, International

1/26/2013 4:26:33 PM

i wanted the best fruit for a overweight dog.

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Pat   St Louis, MO

3/2/2007 1:44:43 PM

I have a dog who pretty much loves vegetables. Carrots and cauliflower are her favorites. Since she has a tendency to put on weight, I'm glad I can offer these treats and she thinks it's filet mignon. I'd go careful on any new addition to the diet however. The first time I gave my dog carrots I overdid it. The result was the most neon orange diarreah you could imagine--made all the worse because it was all over her long-haired fanny as well. Looked like the circus dog had come to town....

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