5 fruits that are the perfect snacks for your dog

All we heard growing up was how important it is to pack as many fruits and vegetables into our diets as possible. But a dog’s digestion is very different from ours. So where do they stand on the five-a-day rule?

In general, nothing will beat their balanced, nutritious meal times – whether your preference is kibble or raw. However, letting your pup snack on some fruit from time to time can be a great way to pack some extra vitamins, minerals, and goodness into their bodies.

But not all fruits will play nicely with your pooch. So today, we’re sharing five fruits that are perfectly safe and refreshing snacks for your dog.

Apples

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But is this also true for the vet?

Apples can be great snacks for your dog, offering many health and nutrition benefits. For one, they’re full of vitamin C, A, calcium, and antioxidants. They help reduce inflammation, maintain their coat, and improve immunity. They’re also high in fibre – which is great for digestion – and low in protein and fat, which makes them a perfect snack for older dogs whose weight you don’t want to fluctuate.

And they’ve got a nice crunch to them, giving a similar feeling to a chew toy. Even better, they can give them fresher breath (along with other dental benefits). So no more melting your eyes when they breathe in your face! 

Pop some slices in the freezer, and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer’s day treat. Our only word of warning: remove any seeds. They contain cyanide, which can be poisonous. And while a few aren’t likely to cause damage, it’s best to avoid the risk altogether.

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Blueberries

Blueberries are a well-known superfood for humans. But they also pack a powerful nutritional punch for dogs. With large amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fibre, they’re great for boosting both digestive and immune systems. They can reduce inflammation, help with growth and muscle quality, and have been linked to healthy brain function. 

And as they’re so small, blueberries make for a great training treat. Like apples, you can also freeze them to take the edge off any hot days.

Cranberries

Cranberries are another sweet treat you can share. Vitamins C, E, B1, and B2 help support your pup’s immune system and regulate their metabolism. While a high fibre content keeps them feeling full and helps with digestion. As an antioxidant, cranberries can also slow or prevent the development of some cancers and dementia in older dogs. They’re a bit of a magic fruit, right?

One downside, though, is that they’ve got a high acidity. And while this can be a great relief for dogs with UTIs, too much acidity can cause an upset stomach or vomiting. Cranberries are also often found in trail mixes or mixed with raisins – which are highly toxic to dogs. So steer clear of store-bought mixes. 

Oranges

What better way to perk up your pup than with a zesty orange treat? Dogs naturally produce a lot of vitamin C – meaning it’s not a requirement in their diet. But a little extra isn’t a bad thing. Especially if your dog has liver disease or unique metabolic requirements that make it difficult for them to produce enough on their own. 

Oranges are also high in fibre and low in fat, making them a more filling, healthier alternative to store-bought treats. And potassium helps with organ and neural function, boosts the metabolism, and promotes bone health. 

Make sure you always remove the peel and any seeds from an orange before giving them to your dog, as these can be hard on their digestive system. 

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Pumpkin

So much more than a Halloween decoration, pumpkin is high in fibre and works wonders for digestion. It also contains a lot of fatty acids, which are great for skin and fur health. The vitamin A in it helps with eye health and immunity, potassium regulates blood pressure and improves muscle health, and antioxidants have been shown to potentially prevent some cancers. So it’s a bit wasted on those Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes!

If you want to try out pumpkin as a treat, make sure you use the plain, canned variety. You don’t want anything that’s raw, sweetened, or spiced. Pumpkin is also handy as it can easily be mixed into their usual meal for an extra nutritional boost. 

Fruits are a great way to treat your pup. As always, you want to be mindful of how they react to each fruit and make sure you’re accounting for the extra calories across their meals. Also, fruits are high in sugar, so don’t get too carried away – no matter how much they beg!

But when you want to give them something a bit different, these are 5 perfect snacks for your dog that will go down like a, well, treat.

Want a simpler way to increase the nutritional content of your dog’s diet? You’ll find each of the fruits we’ve listed here within our delicious, nutritious kibbles. Have a browse of all the Swagwags ranges to find their new favourite. 

If you’re concerned about reactions in your dog, our 100% bespoke sensitivity tests will help. Uncovering potential triggers in both their food and environment, you can quickly make any necessary changes.