Don’t get any ideas – we don’t mean the fruit snacks you feed to your kids. Dogs should not regularly consume fruit snacks intended for human consumption. While a small amount of fruit-flavored snacks may not be immediately harmful, they are not nutritionally appropriate for dogs and should not be a part of their regular diet. These snacks are often high in added sugars, artificial flavors, and other ingredients that can be unhealthy for dogs and contribute to weight gain, dental issues, and digestive problems.
If you want to offer your dog fruits as treats, it’s better to stick to dog-safe fruits like apple slices (without seeds or core), blueberries, strawberries, watermelon (seedless), and small pieces of banana. Remember to remove any seeds, pits, and inedible parts before offering these fruits to your dog, and always do so in moderation. It’s important to consult with your veterinarian before introducing new foods into your dog’s diet, especially if your dog has any health conditions or dietary restrictions. Your veterinarian can provide guidance on suitable treats and portion sizes to ensure your furry friend’s health and well-being.
Check out this guideline on fruits and vegetables from the AKC!