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Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?

Yes. Strawberries can be good for dogs to eat. They have a highwater content and contain fiber, vitamin C and even a teeth-whitening enzyme. As with any foods you’re thinking about introducing into your pet’s diet, however, consult your veterinarian first to make sure it’s  appropriate for their unique needs. 

Health benefits of strawberries for dogs

When served appropriately and in moderation, strawberries can be a wholesome snack for both your dog and you. Delicious, sweet and low in calories, these juicy berries are also packed with nutritional value. 

Some additional benefits dogs can get from eating strawberries include:

  • Excellent source of antioxidants
  • Excellent source of vitamins; B1, B6 and K, which along with vitamin C, can help boost the immune system
  • Excellent source of essential minerals, including potassium, iodine, folic acid and magnesium
  • Contains Omega-3 fatty acids which helps support supple and strong skin and coat

How to feed strawberries to your dog

How can dogs eat strawberries safely? Here are a few steps to take before feeding them to your pup: 

To safely serve your dog strawberries, wash and clean them and cut off the tops to minimize any choking hazards. Cut the fruit into small pieces or mash them into a puree. 

For portion size, keep in mind that even the healthiest treats should be factored into your dog’s daily nutritional plan and caloric intake. 

How many strawberries can I give my dog? 

Feed your dog strawberries in moderation. Remember that snacks and treats should make up no more than 10% of their daily caloric intake. 

For a small dog, one strawberry cut up into chunks is an excellent portion size. For larger dogs, three to five strawberries may be appropriate. Too much of any food can cause a stomach upset or diarrhea, however, so start small. When in doubt about portion size, consult your vet. If your dog likes strawberries they can become part of their regular snack assortment, but be sure to switch them out with other favorite treats for variety. 

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FAQs about feeding strawberries to your dog

Yes. Fresh strawberries are full of vitamins, potassium, fiber and antioxidants. They can be a nutritious occasional snack for your pup.

Yes. Frozen strawberries can be the perfect crunchy snack for your dog to munch on in moderation. Because of their sugar content, however, be mindful to not feed too many.

Yes, as long as they don’t contain any added sugars or preservatives.

Wild strawberries should be avoided. While not considered toxic, you can’t tell how clean wild berries are. Bacteria and pesticides may also be present.

Yes, but they shouldn’t since the stems can present a choking hazard. Cut off the tops of strawberries before feeding the fruit to your dog.

Strawberries are not toxic to dogs, and strawberry allergies are uncommon. If you think your dog may have ingested something poisonous or is experiencing symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, consult your veterinarian immediately or call pet poison control.

Many fruits are good for dogs to eat as snacks or treats. These include strawberries, apples, blueberries, bananas and more. Dogs should never eat onions, garlic, cloves, chocolate or grapes, among other foods.

To learn about other fruits that may make great snacks for your dog, see our articles Can Dogs Eat Bananas? And Can Dogs Eat Apples?

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