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Can Dogs Eat Fruits?
The good thing about dogs and nutrition is that they are omnivorous so they can eat plant-based and animal based foods. As for whether they can eat certain fruits or not, dogs cannot eat avocado because of certain ingredients that could make the dog sick and this includes persin, which is toxic to dogs. Dogs also cannot eat grapes because this would lead to kidney damage. Dogs can also eat bananas and it is encouraged by some veterinarians since bananas are a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants. However, you should give the dog bananas in small amounts.
No Dairy Products for Dogs
While your dog can eat bananas in small amounts, your dog cannot eat dairy products because of the high lactose in dairy products and also because of a dog’s general lack of lactose in his body. In addition, your dog may get diarrhea and nausea, leading to vomiting and other digestive problems.
Dogs Should Not Have Peanut Butter with Those Bananas
You may be inspired by Elvis when thinking about giving the dog peanut butter and bananas but you should hold off on the peanut butter because if your dog has allergies, it is not a good idea. In addition, while peanut butter is a good source of protein, it is also high in fat and calories and this is not good if your dog is obese or on a strict diet.
How About Apples and Blueberries?
Another idea is to give your dog a mixture of softened apples and bananas for dessert because apples are considered safe for dogs just like bananas. However, you should not add unsafe fruits such as grapes and raisins or sugar and honey. Are blueberries safe for dogs to eat? Yes! this will not cause harm to your dog’s health.
Have a Balance of Meat and Vegetables
Another thing to keep in mind is that you do not want to give your dog only meats or an overabundance of vegetables because this is not a healthy diet. Instead your dog should have a balance of both. For example, if your dog eats canned meat dishes, you can add some crushed vegetables to the meat for a balanced meal.
Where to Find Homemade Dog Food Recipes
The Internet has great recipes for homemade dog food and if you have friends who make dog food from scratch, you can ask them if they have suggestions on these types of recipes. There are cookbooks designed just for dog owners that can be purchased online and at pet supplies stores. Or you can gather dog-friendly ingredients from your pantry and experiment.
Your dog needs nutritious food for growth and overall good health, and bananas offer vitamin C and antioxidants. If you decide to give your dog other fruits with bananas, it is important that you find out if those fruits are safe for the dog to eat. Finally, always talk to your veterinarian before putting the dog on a certain diet plan.