Can Dogs Eat Fruit

Can dogs eat fruit

Fruit makes for a delicious and healthy snack for humans. But what about dogs, can dogs eat fruit?

As dog owners we love to share whatever we are eating with our four legged friends, and sometimes it is impossible to resist feeding a piece to your dog.

When it comes to the question of what fruits are safe for dogs, there is no simple answer. Some fruits are perfectly safe, while others can be highly toxic and even fatal in extreme cases.

Below is our list of over 60 fruits, and whether they are safe for dogs to eat:

Apple


Yes apples are safe for dogs to eat, and most of them will love the sweet flavor.

Apples are high in:

  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Fiber
  • Phosphorus

When serving apples to your dog it is critical to remember the seeds contain small traces of cyanide,  which can be toxic. The apple core can also prevent a choking hazard, so it’s best to just avoid this whole part of the apple.

The best way to serve apples to your dog is removing the core and cutting the apple into slices. Apple can also be a great ingredient in homemade dog treats.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Apples

Apricot

Yes, the skin and flesh of the fruit is safe for dogs.

Apricots are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and are perfectly safe to be consumed in small amounts.

As with many fruits, the seed of the fruit is not safe due to small amounts of cyanide, and must be avoided. 

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Apricots

Avocado

Avocado For DogsNo, it is not recommended that dogs eat avocado. 

While avocados are considered a super food for us humans, they are not safe for dogs due to the presence of Persin.

Persin is a fungicidal toxin that can be fatal to many animals including dogs. Persin is present in all parts of the avocado, not just the pit. The large pit in an avocado also presents a huge choking hazard for dogs.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Avocado

Banana

Yes, Bananas are safe for dogs to eat, and even recommended by many veterinarians to be included in your dog’s diet.

Bananas are high in:

  • Fiber
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium

The banana peel should be avoided, while its not toxic itself, the peel can be very difficult for a dog to digest. Overall banana’s make a great treat, or an ingredient in a dog treat.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Bananas

Blackberry

Yes, blackberries are safe for dogs to eat.

These berries are high in:

While blackberries are safe for dogs to eat, excess consumption can lead to an upset stomach and vomiting.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Blackberries

Blackcurrant

No, it is not safe for dogs to eat blackcurrants. 

Ingestion of these currents is toxic to dogs, and can lead to kidney failure.

Do not let your dog eat blackcurrants, grapes or raisins!

Blueberry

Blueberries For DogsYes, blueberries are safe for dogs to eat.

Blueberries are high in:

  • Vitamin C
  • Fiber 
  • Antioxidants

Due to the high fiber content these berries should only be consumed in moderation, otherwise your dog may get an upset stomach.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Blueberries

Breadfruit/Jackfruit

Uncertain, so No is probably the best approach to dogs eating jackfruit.

Jackfruit is closely related to figs and mulberries, which are both considered safe for dogs to eat. But with the abundance of fruit options available to feed your dog, why risk it!

If you do decide to feed you dog some jackfruit, the seeds should be avoided.

Cantaloupe

Yes, it is safe for dogs to eat cantaloupe.

Cantaloupe is high in:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate
  • Niacin

Cantaloupe is also very high in water content, making a great warm weather treat that will also help to keep your dog hydrated. The rind of this fruit is best avoided!

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe

Cherry

No, dogs should not eat cherries. However the flesh itself is not toxic for dogs

Cherries are high in:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium

As mentioned earlier, unpitted cherries are not safe for dogs and must be avoided. The stems on the cherries are also not safe. The difficulty in removing the pit of the cherry puts them on the No list in our eyes.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Cherries

Clementines

Yes clementines are not toxic for dogs, making them safe to eat.

However consumption of more than 2 or 3 pieces is not recommended due to the citric acid and high sugar content in the fruit. The peel should also be avoided.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Clementines

Coconut

Can dogs eat coconut

Yes, it is perfectly safe for dogs to eat coconut meat.

The benefits of coconut oil for dogs is well documented, but the meat itself is fine for dogs and high in:

  • Lauric Acid
  • Antioxidants

lauric acid is very helpful in fighting of viruses and infections, making coconut meat a great addition to your dogs diet. Just be sure to remove the shell before feeding your dog this tasty treat.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Coconut

Cranberry

Yes, cranberries and dried cranberries are safe for dogs to eat.

Cranberries are a good source of vitamins and antioxidants but should only be fed to dogs in small quantities.

Dried cranberries are often mixed with other fruits and nuts than can be dangerous for dogs (like raisins) and must be avoided.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Cranberries

Dates

Yes, dates are fine for dogs to eat.

They are high in:

  • Fiber
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Vitamins

It is best to remove the pits, as they can be a choking hazard, or cause blockages in the dogs digestive system.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Dates

Durian

Yes, durian fruit is fine for dogs to eat in small quantities.

As with most fruits the seeds and skin should be avoided.

Elderberry

No, dogs can not eat elderberries.

In fact he leaves, stems, roots and unripe fruits of the elderberry shrub are poisonous to dogs, as well as humans.

The toxicity in the whole elderberry plant is caused by amygdalin, a cyanogenic glycoside.

Never let your dog go near an elderberry bush!

Feijoa

Uncertain, so the best approach is No.

Feijoas are like a cross between a strawberry, guava, and pineapple in terms of flavour, but there is little evidence in regard to their safety for dogs. Best to avoid!

Figs

Yes, figs are fine for dogs to eat in moderation.

Figs are high in:

  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Vitamins
  • Copper

A small amount of figs is a perfectly fine addition to your dogs diet.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Figs

Gooseberry

No, gooseberries are not safe for dogs to eat.

While there is not much information around about dogs and gooseberries, they do appear on the ASPCA’s list of plants toxic to dogs. Best to not let your dog consume them!

Grapefruit

Can dogs eat grapefruit

No, dogs should not eat grapefruit

Grapefruit is listed as toxic by the ASPCA’s list of plants toxic to dogs

Chances are your dog will not eat grapefruit due to the acidic taste, but either way it’s not a safe fruit for them to consume.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Grapefruit

Grapes

No, grapes are not safe for dogs to eat.

It is not exactly known which exact substance in a grape makes it toxic. However, one thing is for sure, they are highly toxic to dogs and can lead to sudden kidney failure.

Do not let your dog eat grapes!

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Grapes

Guava

Yes, guava is safe for dogs to consume, in small quantities.

Guava is a great sore of vitamin c and fiber.

As with pretty much all fruits, the skin and seeds need to be avoided.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Guava

Honeydew

Yes, honeydew melon is safe for dogs to eat.

Honeydew is high in:

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Fiber

This fruit can make a great treat for your dog on a hot day, be sure to serve only the fleshy part, not the rind and seeds. Due to the sugar content, honeydew should be fed in small amounts.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Honeydew

Jujube

Uncertain, so the best answer is No.

Jujubes are closely related to dates which are fine for dogs to eat, but there is little evidence one way or another about jujubes. Best to just give your dog something else.

Kiwifruit

Can dogs eat kiwi fruit

Yes, kiwis are safe for dogs to eat.

Kiwi fruit provide lots of vitamins and fiber, and are fine as a treat for your dog.

Be sure to remove the skin and seeds, and never give your dog a whole kiwi fruit due to the risk of choking.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Kiwifruit

Kumquat

Uncertain, so the best approach is NO.

Kumquats are a great source of vitamin c, fiber and have a very high water content. While the nutritional makeup of these fruit appears safe for dogs, there is little expert opinion on the matter to make an informed decision.

Lemon

No, dogs should not eat lemons.

While it is unlikely that your dog will want to eat a lemon anyway, due to the bitter taste. Lemons contain essential oils and a chemical compound (Psoralen) that are toxic to dogs. Lemons are not safe for dogs to eat.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Lemons

Lime

No, dogs should not eat limes.

Limes and lemons contain psoralen compounds and aromatic oils that are toxic to canines.

All parts of the lime bush contain these dangerous substances that are unsafe for dogs.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Limes

Longan

Uncertain, so No dogs should not eat longans.

Longans are a small sweet fruit that is quite similar to a lychee, but there is no clear evidence about their safety for dogs. Best to avoid!

Loquat

Uncertain, so No dogs should not eat loquats.

Loquats, also known as japenese plums do not appear on the ASPCA’s list of plants toxic to dogs, this aside there is little information about their true safety for dogs. Like most fruit the seeds do contain trace amounts of cyanide, and must be avoided.

Lychees

Lychees for dogs

Uncertain, so NO dogs should not eat lychees.

There is varying information online about the safety of lychees for dogs. Some sources say they are ok, others say they are not safe for dogs.

Unripened lychees are considered unsafe for humans, so it’s safe to assume they would also be dangerous for dogs.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Lychees

Mandarins

Yes, Mandarins are safe for dogs to eat.

While citrus fruits are safe for dogs to eat, they are not highly recommended due to the citric acid and high sugar content. If your dog happens to eat a mandarin there is nothing to worry about, but don’t make it part of their regular diet.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Mandarins

Mango

Yes, dogs can eat mangoes.

Mango is high in:

  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • Fiber

Both the flesh and the skin of the mango is fine for dogs to eat, however the skin can be a little difficult for your dog to digest, so it’s best to serve mango to your dog peeled and cut up into pieces. The pit must also be removed before feeding this delicious fruit to your dog.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Mango

Mangosteen

Uncertain, so No is the best approach.

Mangosteen is a tropical fruit with a sweet and sour type of flavor. There is little evidence in regard to the safety of this fruit for dogs, so best to avoid.

Mulberry

Yes, mulberries are safe for dogs to eat.

Mulberries are very high in vitamins and make a perfectly safe treat for your dog. Just be sure the berries are fully ripened, as unripened berries can be toxic and unsafe to eat.

Nectarines

Yes, nectarines are safe for dogs to eat.

Nectarines are high in vitamins, potassium and magnesium and served in moderation make a great treat for dogs.

Be sure to remove the pit before serving.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Nectarines

Olives

Yes, olives are fine for dogs to eat in moderation.

Olives are high in:

  • Health Fats
  • Protein

Natural pitted olives are fine for dogs to eat. Be mindful of processed olives with extra ingredients like salt, garlic or seasonings, which can be harmful to your canine friend.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Olives

Oranges

Yes, dogs can eat oranges.

Oranges are high in:

  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Nutrients

Not all dogs will enjoy oranges due to the tart taste. If your dog does enjoy oranges be sure to limit consumption as the high sugar content is not good for dogs, in particular diabetic dogs.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Oranges

Papaya

Yes, papaya is safe for dogs to eat.

Native to Mexico and South America, papaya is high in folate, vitamins and calcium and is perfectly safe for dogs to eat. Be sure to remove the skin and seeds before feeding this fruit to your dog.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Papaya

Passion Fruit

No, dogs should not eat passion fruit.

Like most fruit, the seeds contain tiny amounts of cyanide. As its difficult to eat this exotic fruit without consuming the seeds, dogs should not be eating it. The vines that the fruit grow on are also unsafe for dogs.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Passion Fruit

Peach

Yes, dogs can eat peaches.

Peaches are high in:

  • Vitamin A
  • Fiber

Be sure to remove the pit before feeding peaches to your dog.

Canned and preserved peaches must not be fed to dogs due to the presence of preservatives and artificial sweeteners like xylitol.  

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Peaches

Pear

Yes, dogs can eat pears.

Pears are high in:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Fiber

Be sure to remove the seeds before serving. Canned pears are not safe for dogs due to added sugar and preservatives.

Persimmon

Yes, dogs can safely eat persimmons.

This fruit is high in:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A

The peel and pit must be removed before serving this fruit to your dog.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Persimmons

Pineapple

Yes pineapple is safe for dogs to eat.

This nutrient dense fruit is high in:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Folate
  • Niacin

The skin and core of the pineapple is not safe for dogs. Frozen pineapple pieces make a great treat for your dog on a hot day.

Canned pineapple should be avoided due to added sugar. if you are going to feed pineapple to your dog, make sure it is fresh and not processed.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Pineapple

Plantain

Yes, dogs can eat plantains.

Plantains are also known as vegetable of cooking bananas, and are generally served cooked rather than being eaten uncooked. If serving your dog cooked plantains be mindful of harmful ingredients that may be added during the cooking process.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Plantains

Plums

Yes, dogs can eat plums.

Plums are high in vitamin c and approximately 87% water content.

Small serving of plums are fine for dogs, just ensure they do not eat the pit.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Plums

Pomegranate

No, dogs should not eat pomegranate.

However pomegranate extract is great for dogs, with one recent research study even suggesting this sweet extract may even reduce the risks of canine heart disease.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate

Prickly Pear

Uncertain, so No dogs should not eat prickly pear.

Little is known about the safety of this fruit for dogs, so best to avoid.

Prunes

No, dogs should not eat prunes

Prunes are dried plums and while they are not toxic for dogs, they are not recommended due to the high fiber content and lack of water from the drying process.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Prunes

Pomelo

Yes, pomelos are safe for dogs to eat.

Pomelos are high in:

  • Vitamin C
  • Fiber

This fruit is perfectly fine as an occasional treat served in moderation to your dog.

Quince

Uncertain, so No dogs should not eat quince.

Quinces are a bit of an ugly duckling fruit with an appearance similar to a pear. There is very little information about their safety for dogs, so best to avoid.

Raspberry

Yes, dogs can eat raspberries.

Most berries are safe for dogs, with raspberries being no exception. They are high in:

  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamins 
  • Minerals

Raspberries make a great addition to any homemade dog treat recipe. 

Raspberries do contain very small amounts of xylitol, which is harmful to dogs. However your dog would have to eat a very large quantity of raspberries to ingest too much xylitol.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Raspberries

Rhubarb

No, dogs should not eat rhubarb

While very small quantities of the rhubarb stems are ok, the leaves must be avoided as they are toxic to dogs. Ingestion of the rhubarb leaves can result in sudden kidney failure in dogs.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Rhubarb

Sapodilla

Yes, dogs can eat sapodilla or chikoo.

This fruit is high in vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties. 

The skin and seeds must be removed before feeding your dog chikoo/sapodilla.

Soursop/Graviola

No, dogs should not eat soursop.

The extract of this tropical fruit has been touted by some as an effective treatment in humans for some forms of cancer, however there is little science backed evidence to support these claims, at this stage.

There is little known about its safety for dogs, so best not to feed your dog soursop.

Strawberry

Yes, strawberries are safe for your dog.

Strawberries are a healthy and low calorie treat for your dog, they are high in:

  • Vitamins
  • Antioxidants

Strawberries are best served to your dog by washing them and cutting up into small pieces. They also make a great ingredient for homemade dogie biscuits.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Strawberries

Tamarind

No, dogs should not eat tamarind.

Very little is known about the safety for dogs of this African tropical fruit. Best to feed your dog something that is known to be safe, like bananas!

Tangerine

Yes, dogs can eat tangerines.

Tangerines are high in:

  • Beta-carotene
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Vitamins

Tangerines are fine for dogs to eat in small amount. Be sure to peel and remove any seeds, 2-3 pieces of this fruit is a recommended serving size.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Tangerines

Watermelon

Yes, dogs can eat watermelon.

Watermelon is high in:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • Potassium

Watermelon makes a great treat for dogs and is low in calories due to the high water content (over 90%). Watermelon seeds are not safe for dogs, and need to be removed before serving this fruit to your dog.

So to the question can dogs eat fruit? Yes there are many fruits that dogs can safely eat, and if you wish to introduce fruit to your dogs diet, its best to stick with the ones that are absolutely safe.

Dogs don’t actually need any fruit in their diet, so its best to use fruit as an occasional treat, and not a regular part of their diet.

Further Reading: Can Dogs Eat Watermelon

References

Pet poison helpline

ASPCA list of plants toxic to dogs

Here is our Fruits Dogs Can Eat Infographic

Can dogs eat fruit