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8 Fruits You Can Enjoy With Your Dog

blueberries for dogsIt’s a hot, sunny day and you, and your pooch are lying by the pool, soaking up all of those warm rays. You feel a little peckish and remember that big plate of fruit that is sitting in the refrigerator. But what about the pup?

I have good news for you! Most fruits are just as good for your dog as they are for you! Filled with a variety of vitamins and minerals, fruit can provide your dog with a number of nutrients that it won’t get from a typical all-meat dog diet.

Served in moderation, the following eight fruits are great snacks that you and your dog can enjoy together. There are a few precautions, though, so make sure you read the following points before letting your pooch dig into that big plate of fruity goodness!

Fruits That Are Good for Dogs to Eat

1. Apple

Apples are considered to be in the ‘you can give it to your dog but not every day’ pile. Although rich in numerous nutrients, vitamins and minerals, in particular, Vitamins K and C, calcium, and soluble fiber, the seeds, core and stem of an apple can be even more toxic to dogs than they can to us.

The seeds, core, and stem of an apple contains cyanide, so it’s important to remove all of these from the fruit before giving it to your dog. Once you’ve done this, it is safe for your dog to start munching away. It has been known that the tough, fibrous nature of the apple is even good to clean your dog’s teeth! Bonus!

2. Banana

As bananas are for us, they are also an excellent source of fiber for dogs. The fiber and natural enzymes in bananas make them an ideal snack for dogs that have inflamed colons or bowel problems, or even dogs that use the doggy restroom irregularly. The fiber will get things moving in your pooch’s belly and have him/her feeling a lot better!

It’s not recommended to give your dog too many bananas as this could cause constipation. However, 1-2 a day is a reasonable serving. Bananas are also a great source of Vitamins B, C, and potassium.

3. Strawberries

Strawberries are definitely one of those fruits that are made to share. They are a ‘one for me, one for you’ type of snack, and my dog loves them! In moderation, strawberries are a great source of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants for your dog, but just don’t go giving them a whole container!

I always remove the stem and leaves from the strawberry because I don’t like the texture in my mouth. Neither will your dog and it also won’t be easy for them to digest. Simply remove this part of the fruit, and strawberries can be you and your dog’s date night dessert!

4. Orange

As we tend to eat oranges to boost our Vitamin C levels, a small amount of this citrus fruit can also be good for your dog. Having a positive effect on their immune system, a large dog could be given one whole orange, whereas smaller dogs shouldn’t be given more than a third.

If your dog has been diagnosed as diabetic or has a specific diet plan, however, be sure to consider the high levels of sugar in oranges. It is also recommended to remove the rind, core and any seeds from an orange before giving it to your pet, as these could be hard for them to digest.

5. Pineapple

Pineapples have a lot of great medicinal benefits for dogs suffering with dog coprophagia; a condition where your dog eats its own poop because of their digestive system isn’t absorbing enough nutrients the first time around. The bromelain found most predominantly in the pineapple’s core, is an enzyme that makes it easier for the digestive system to break down proteins and absorb the nutrients that your dog requires from its food.

The pineapple also changes the smell and consistency of the poop, inevitably discouraging your dog from wanting to eat it. Pineapples are also rich in Vitamin C and Manganese. It is important that you don’t give your dog more than 2-3 small pieces of pineapple per day. And always remove the leaves and skin of the fruit.

6. Watermelon

dog-treat-begWatermelon is another fruit that my dog will beg for every time! Whether it’s because of the sweetness, the large amount of water stored in watermelon, or it reminds him of summer; no matter what, he always wants some! The way I keep him happy is by cutting the watermelon up into quarters. Taking one quarter wedge, I eat most of the fleshy top while making sure all the seeds are gone, and then giving him the bottom half of the flesh.

It isn’t recommended to let your dog eat the rind, as it can be detrimental to their digestive system. I just watch him munch off all the flesh and quickly snatch it off him before he starts gnawing at the rind!

7. Mango

Have you ever thought about maybe giving your dog the seed of a mango to suck instead of just throwing it away? Although it might amuse your pet for a few minutes, and even if you are watching them, it isn’t recommended to give your dog the seed of a mango in case they do choke on it.

Due to the size of the seed, it will most certainly get stuck in your dog’s esophagus if swallowed. However, you can most certainly share the delicious flesh with your dog! Like all the other fruits, as long as you serve it to your pet in moderation and your dog enjoys eating mango, use it as a healthy snack or treat!

8. Pear

Pears are part of the apple family, so you can treat them very much the same way. Rich in many of the vitamins and minerals that can be absent in dog foods, pears are a great snack for your dog.

It is just very important to remember to remove the seeds, stem and core from the pear before giving it to your dog to eat. Not only do they contain cyanide which is toxic for dogs and humans, they will be difficult for your dog to pass and can be a choking hazard.

Not just a healthy treat for you to enjoy, fruit is also a great alternative snack for your dog! Just remember that dogs weren’t built to eat too many fruits or vegetable, so don’t give them more than a few slices of apple or a small handful of strawberries. Served in moderation and using the correct precautions to ensure your pooch is safe from harm; fruit is an effective way to keep your dog healthy and strong.

See more fruits and veggies you can share with your pet here.

About the Author: Michele Hersh is a dog lover, writer and blogger. She mostly writes about dog food and nutrition based on her own experience. She is a nurse and lives with her husband and a cute Beagle puppy. Visit her website peanutpaws.com.

10 Ways to Remember Your Pet

Owners often share with us their stories of pets who have passed away, and how they have been remembered by the family. From setting your love in stone with a customized headstone, to a photo book or even a website, there are many ways to preserve the memory of a beloved pet. Here is our selection of the most unique and personal options of pet commemoration.

1. Burial

The most traditional way to commemorate your furry friend is to find a burial spot or place to scatter ashes in the family garden, allowing you to visit and pay tribute. You might choose to mark the spot with a permanent headstone, a more subtle wooden sign, or perhaps an item of significance, such as the pet’s collar or bowl. While a grave may seem extravagant, it gives an all-important place to visit in your own time.

Hard-Working Hounds

Most of us think of our dogs as companions, members of the family, and – above all – as friends. But many dogs are employed in a working capacity, helping people in need or achieving things that humans are not equipped for, such as sniffing out missing people or accessing difficult locations.

Service dogs for the blind or deaf, security dogs and sheepdogs have been helping humans live their lives safely and comfortably for years, but some four-legged friends today carry out more unusual and unique tasks. Here is our selection of the five most unique jobs dogs carry out across the world. 

How Did You Celebrate Veterinarian Appreciation Day?

They speak for those who can’t speak—in English at least—and try their best to give our pets the long, happy lives they deserve.

That’s why we created Veterinarian Appreciation Day™, a holiday to celebrate and say thanks to the veterinarians that do so much for our furry family members.

Veterinarian Appreciation Day at NasdaqThis year, we celebrated a little differently. In honor of Veterinarian Appreciation Day™ we sent Dr. Kathy Hrinivich and Dr. Neil Kennedy of Animal Hospital of Cambridge in Cambridge, Ontario to New York City to ring the Nasdaq closing bell in honor of veterinarians across North America.

Since they opened their practice in April 2004, Dr. Hrinivich and Dr. Kennedy have worked tirelessly to care for the animals in their community. They put a huge focus on helping people and their animal families seven days a week and caring for as many strays and orphaned pets as they can with the resources they have. We thought they deserved a vacation.

But that’s not the only way we thanked our veterinarians this June 18. We made DIY pet treat jars, pawprint paintings, and pet silhouettes, we brought treats and cards to our local veterinary hospitals, and we just said “thanks” when we walked into the veterinary hospitals.

How did you celebrate your veterinarian?

Summer Electrical Safety for Pet Parents

cat-homeFor concerned pet parents there are many additional electrical safety and fire hazards to take into consideration as summer heats up and the temperatures begin to rise. This summer is already a hot one, and experts foresee the probability of “well above average” warmth for most of the country until August.

June is National Safety Month, and therefore an opportune time to remember to pet-proof your home in the name of heat and electrical safety. This information will help your four-legged family’s adventures – both indoors and out – from becoming disasters.

Any investments in time and money you make today will more than pay for themselves by keeping some of the most vulnerable members of your household out of harm’s way. Electrical shocks and burns can seriously injure our feline and canine friends, leading to costly veterinary bills and some very scary situations for everyone. Rather than putting yourself through the stress and expense of nursing a hurt pet back to good health, you can prevent many common injuries before they occur with a little planning.

Tuck away electrical cords

Electrical cords are one of the primary electrical hazards for pets, who very often chew them or bat them around with their paws. This playful behavior may lead to shocks, burns, inflammation and other health problems. Try to run your wires and cords behind appliances and out of sight so that they don’t pique the curiosity of your animals. For sections of cord that cannot be effectively hidden, you can pet-proof them by surrounding them with PVC pipes or safety cable. If your animal just won’t leave your electrical system alone, you can coat your cords with Tabasco sauce, lemon juice or another unpleasant substance to dissuade your pet from playing with them. Air conditioning units and fans are running over time in the summer, so be sure to check if any cords become frayed or otherwise damaged and replace them as soon as possible.

Electricity and water don’t mix

Be especially cautious about leaving electrical devices, such as radios, clocks, and irons, close to your sink, bathtub or any other area where water is frequently used. Your pet might knock the gadget over into the water, either inadvertently or on purpose, and we all know water and electricity should never mix under any circumstances. You can plug any such appliances into an outlet featuring a ground fault circuit interrupter for a measure of security, but the best way to avoid this problem is to not leave electrical appliances around these parts of your house in the first place. Exercise similar caution if you have an aquarium! Make sure all plugs are secure within their sockets so that they don’t tempt curious paws and snouts.

Thunder storms bring more than just scary sounds

Of course, animals and their owners spend more time outside in the summer than any other season of the year. In the event that your pets are caught outside in a thunderstorm, get them back inside right away. While the chances of being struck by lightning are remote, heavy winds and rain can down power lines, which poses a serious danger. Electrical lines are carrying heavier-than-normal loads this time of year as people power up electrical appliances and home cooling systems, so be sure to use extra precaution if your morning walk strands you in the rain.

Avoid electrical substations at all costs; if your animal should wander inside one, don’t follow it. Instead, call your utility company immediately, and they will rescue your pet. If your pet regularly roams around fenced-in outdoor spaces, make sure that all underground electrical lines are buried at a safe depth so that your pet cannot dig them up.

We’ve only just scratched the surface of the right ways of responsibly safeguarding your pets from fire and electrical incidents. For further helpful info, human animals can click over to the Electrical Safety Foundation and other resources online. If you still feel unprepared, consider hiring a licensed electrician to perform a safety inspection and suggest further areas for improvement. The most important step in pet parent safety is simply staying on-guard and at the ready should any unplanned accidents occur.

About the Author: Emma Jane is a freelance writer living in Chicago with her cat, Mochi, where they explore the newest neighborhood pet shops and pet friendly boutiques. Emma writes about sustainability, all the newest tech and of course, furry companions.