Are Strawberries Good for Dogs?
Strawberries are a great low-calorie treat for your dog to enjoy. Before giving your dog any new foods, check with your veterinarian to see if they have any concerns.
Health Benefits of Strawberries for Dogs
Strawberries have lots of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. They are low in calories, so they can be given as a sweet treat to dogs who are overweight. In fact, fresh fruit may help slow the aging process and strengthen the immune system, making them a great tool for long-term weight management.
Strawberries also contain malic acid an enzyme that can help whiten your dog's teeth and freshen their breath.
How Many Strawberries Can Dogs Eat?
Although they are healthy for your dog, strawberries do contain a lot of sugar, so just make sure to feed strawberries to your dog in moderation. Once you get the green light from your vet, below is the number of strawberries you can typically give to your dog based on their size.
- Small Dog: 1 strawberry per day.
- Medium Dog: 3-4 strawberries per day.
- Large Dog: Up to 5 strawberries per day.
As with any new food you’re introducing to your dog's diet, start with a small portion to avoid digestive upset and check for any adverse reactions.
The best way to give your dog strawberries is to thoroughly wash the fruit and cut the stem off. Then cut the strawberry into small pieces to avoid the choking hazard. You can also puree a few frozen strawberries in the blender for a dog-friendly smoothie or to add to your dog's food.
Be prepared that your dog simply might not like strawberries! There are plenty of smells dogs hate, and strawberries might be on that list for your dog.