Should Dogs Eat Blueberries Or Other Fruits And Vegetables?
Post on 13,October 2020   1:49 PM
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Pet parents enjoy spoiling their faithful companion by allowing them to indulge in wholesome human snacks or table scraps. Many believe that because it’s safe for human consumption and healthy for a person’s diet, it will be for a dog as well. That’s not necessarily accurate.

There are a number of foods that can transfer from people to their pets safely like an occasional blueberry, but some are genuinely unhealthy, and there are those that are simply hazardous for animals. Find out if that occasional blueberry is safe for your dog at . 

It’s vital as a parent to educate on which fruits and vegetables to keep away from pups. Because dogs digest in a different way than a person does, eating poor choices has the potential for long-term problems with health, and in the worst situations, it can prove fatal. 

Fruits And Vegetables To Avoid With Dogs 

Dogs are natural carnivores, so while an occasional blueberry is a treat for them, fruits and vegetables are not an integral part of their diet. As a matter of fact, some choices need to be avoided for the animal’s safety. Some have the potential to cause health problems, with others being toxic to the animal. Here is a list of foods dogs should not consume:

  • Avocado: Can your dog eat this?  “No.” An ingredient referred to as “persin” is in the leaves, pit, and skin of the avocado. It is a toxin that can create symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting for dogs. The fruit’s fleshy inside has little persin compared to the other components of the plant, but the amount is too significant for a pup’s system. 
  • Cherry: A puppy should not indulge in cherries unless they are only consuming the flesh surrounding the seed. The “cyanide” contained in a cherry plant is toxic for a canine disrupting transport of “cellular oxygen,” which means that there is not enough oxygen getting to the pup’s blood cells. If your dog eats a cherry or anything with cherries in it, pay attention to symptoms such as breathing difficulties, dilated pupils, redness of the gums, which are all indications of cyanide poisoning.
  • Grapes: A grape or a raisin is a definite “no” for a puppy due to the fact that these are proven to be toxic for the species regardless of breed, age, or gender. This fruit creates such a harsh reaction that the kidneys can potentially fail. It is a danger for the animal and should be kept out of their reach.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes’ ripened fruit is, for the most part, safe for a dog, but green areas consist of a toxic substance known as “solanine.” The animal would need to consume a good portion of the plant to become ill, but it’s better to be safe. See fruits that dogs can enjoy a bite of with this link.
  • Onions: Never feed a dog an onion, chives, or leeks. These belong to a plant family known as Allium that is poisonous to a majority of pets. An onion can cause a rupture of red blood cells for the animal, along with nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea. Breeds especially susceptible include Shiba Inus and Akitas, but all dogs are at risk.
  • Mushrooms: There are thousands of varieties of mushroom species throughout the world, with only perhaps 100 that are considered toxic. Out of those, the potential for harm is significant with the possibility for death of the dog. While the likelihood of buying one of the species that might bring this result is small, it is there, and it’s wise to avoid the chance.

It’s difficult as a pet parent to enjoy a snack with a pair of sad puppy eyes watching your every bite. In those situations, you can try having a few pieces of dog food nearby to pass to your fur baby, so he has something to enjoy with you. 

But you don’t want to overindulge puppy’s cravings. Weight can creep up on dogs quickly if it’s not managed. While it’s okay for canines to enjoy an occasional snack here and there, maybe one or two blueberries, it’s wise to keep your dog on a schedule with his meals and provide treats as appropriate. 

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