We need to make sure our canine friends can digest them. Dogs can eat strawberries if you feed them at the correct time. Also, the types of food you mix them with and preparation are very important. Furthermore... make sure you buy these natural dog treats from the right source.
Heck... your dog will appreciate them fresh or frozen! How much and how often? What about making strawberry dog treats? Bottom line... follow the prey animal theory and you can't go wrong!
Yup... I know... we're always talking about the prey animal theory. But, it's sooo important! This paints a clear picture that simply keeps everything in perspective (even for me!).
Here's a couple of ways you can serve fresh, unfrozen strawberries and other fruits to your dog...
Put the pureed fruit in a dish and they'll lap it up. Or...
...use a feeding syringe. Nimble really likes it this way... maybe she just likes the attention! I fill it up and gently squirt a little at a time into the front of her mouth, between her cheek and tongue. Never squirt down your doggy's throat.
I've got a syringe that works great... I customized it myself. I cut off the tip and enlarged the hole. It'll never plug up. And... I figured out how to use the syringe over and over. Just rub a little olive oil onto the plunger before every use... presto!
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...and many other fruits that are also loaded with nutrients.
Nimble's ripe organic berries have not been "nuked"...
We're not just talking about the time of day...
Also keep in mind...
Strawberries and other fruits digest really fast. Your dog can eat strawberries about an hour before a really hard workout. This is more than enough time for them to digest. Did you know that strawberries and other fruits are actually predigested?
Those apple seeds go right through a wild dog because they aren't chewed up. Sorry, Nimble and I had to throw that in. We know many of you are concerned about your dog eating apple seeds. Still not convinced?... that's ok. Maybe this article will change your mind.
Really ripe strawberries are fairly soft, unlike apples. During blackberry season here in the fall, coyotes gorge on ripe, soft blackberries for a couple months. Their poop is purple! They're digesting these sweet, tasty fruits because they're soft and mushy. They also graze on wild strawberries.
...and presto... home made doggy popsicles!
healthy dog food diet consists of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. This
is a general guideline. Fluctuations are ok... just like in
nature. For example... dogs can eat strawberries (or other fruits) and nothing else for days on end. I've seen nothing but mostly coyote blackberry poop for a couple months!
If your furry pal has never eaten strawberries (or other fruits) before, slowly introduce them. This especially applies if your dog has been on a commercial, processed dog food diet. Keep an eye out... possibly strawberries (or other fruits) might not agree with your doggie (at first). Personally, I've never noticed any dog food intolerance symptoms with my canines.
Hmmm... think I'll add a few more for myself!...
Whenever introducing new raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, check in with the Pet Poison Helpline.
Some are actually poisonous to your dog. I don't agree with their whole list. However, it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to foods poisonous to dogs.
If your furry pal gorges on a bowl of strawberries she might get the squirts (dog diarrhea). No worries. Fast your dog for a while, then introduce her normal dog food again. Sometimes I think diarrhea is mother nature's way of cleaning house (just my opinion).
Does your pooch have diarrhea and/or an upset tummy for another reason? These pages should help your dog...
Variety and moderation is the key when feeding your doggy strawberries and other fruits. Also, keep this in mind while feeding veggies, nuts, seeds and all other dog foods. Human foods should only be fed as a treat... occasionally. Wondering about vegetables for dogs? Your doggy might be missing out!... please read this.
Your dog is really missing out if she's not eating strawberries and other fruits. Besides being one of the tastiest of all fruits, these red berries...
Nimble enjoys being hand-fed strawberry slices (no, she's not growling!)...
Your dog can eat strawberries and other tasty fruits high in natural fruit sugars. Don't be concerned about “this type” of sugar unless your dog has a malady requiring a low sugar diet. Processed sugars... that's another story!
Furthermore, stick to moderation and variety... how can you go wrong?
Hopefully Nimble and I convinced you that strawberries (and other fruits) are a tasty, safe nutritional choice for your pooch. When our wild strawberries are available this year, I'll take a picture of all the paw prints and other evidence of coyotes foraging on this sweet fruit. If you could only see how excited Nimble gets when she smells coyotes at the wild strawberry patch!
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