Summer is the time to enjoy fresh fruit! Humans aren't the only ones who love cool refreshing fruit in Summer, our dogs do too! Not every fruit is safe for dogs to eat, but there are several fruits that are good for dogs

Fruit contains healthy vitamins, minerals and fiber. Most fruit is hydrating as well, which is beneficial for dogs on those hot days of Summer.  The extra boost of fiber in many fruits can also be beneficial for dog health. 

I often give my dog fruit or vegetables as an alternative to packaged treats. They're fresher and have fewer calories. I add them to her food as a meal topper as well. My dog Icy loves fruit and veggies!

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Many fruits are healthy for dogs, and they love it!


⮞ Watermelon (remove seeds & rind)
⮞ Blueberries
⮞ Pineapple (remove all skin)
⮞ Apples (be sure to remove the seeds and the core, especially the core as it is a choking hazard!) 
⮞ Cranberries
⮞ Strawberries
⮞ Oranges (remove the skin)
⮞ Canteloupe
⮞ Pumpkin
⮞ Cucumber - most folks think of cucumbers and pumpkins as vegetables, but technically they are a fruit! Like many people, I think of them more as veggies. I also list both of these in my earlier blog post about what vegetables dogs can eat

** I've left some fruits off this list because their seeds either contain elements that are toxic to dogs, or their larger seeds can pose a choking hazard.

Fresh fruit is best but you can use fruits that are canned or frozen as well. Just be cautious if they're packed in syrup or contain added sugar or other ingredients. If I use packaged fruit, I always choose the kind that is packed in water or in the fruit's own juices. 


I want to share one of my favorite treat recipes I make for my dog! Using some of the fruits dogs can eat from the above list, I cut up and peel the fruit and mix it up in the blender with plain yogurt. 

DIY fruit treat for dogs starts w/ cut up & peeled dog safe fruit


1/4 cup Blueberries
1/4 cup of peeled, sliced banana
1/4 cup of pineapple chunks (cut skin off)
1/2 cup plain yogurt
Few chunks of watermelon

Place all ingredients in a blender. Chop or Puree until mixed well but not liquified. Then you have the base mixture.  Your dog will Love this healthy fruit concoction! 

You can pour the fruit mixture into ice cube trays and freeze for treats,

✷ You can add the mixture into treat toys to freeze for treats, 

You can add about 1/8 cup to your dog's food as a meal topper.  

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Fruit mixture can also be added to your dog's food as a topper

Excess fruit mixture can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

** Please remember to Always check with your Veterinarian before you add any new food to your dog's diet. Your Vet knows your dog's health best, so just run it by your Vet to ensure it's ok to add fruit to their diet or as treats.
I sometimes just mix cut up fruit (small pieces) with peanut butter or yogurt in a bowl. If you have limited time and want something quick and simple it works well too. Both ways are great as a healthy dog treat or dog food topper.

You can also spread the fruit mixture on your dog's treat activity mat. Just don't put it on the cloth kind, especially if you're using sticky peanut butter - LOL!


There are plenty of fruits that are healthy for dogs that you can choose from. But there are some fruits dogs can't eat because they are actually toxic to dogs such as Grapes, Raisins, Cherries and Macadamia nuts. Some fruits, or the seeds of those fruits, contain trace amounts of cyanide, or can pose a choking hazard. 

Be cautious of what fruits you offer your dog.  Your Veterinarian knows your pet best, so it's always a good idea to contact your Vet to be sure any fruit you want to give your particular dog is ok for them to eat.  This is especially important if your dog has any health issues like Cushing's disease, Diabetes, or other health condition.

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M Dawson said...

I tend to forget (because we have cats!) that dogs sometimes absolutely love fruit and this is so helpful because now I know which kinds I can give a dog!

I love the DIY dog treat recipe too!

Tail Wag Wisdom said...

The recipe looks like a great one! I'll have to try it for Henry. He definitely loves bananas. I remember shortly after I adopted him I ate a banana while he sat next to me on the porch. Not thinking I put the banana peel on the cement and read the rest of my emails. Next thing I heard was a slurping noise. Henry had quietly moved around and snatched the banana peel and was trying to eat it whole. He only had teeth marks on it. He certainly didn't understand why he couldn't have my throwaway. I got major sad puppy dog eyes that day. Silly pup! Great article! I'm sharing with my dog parents.

LaylasWoof said...

Great post and I recently was checking into fruit for Layla, so your list just helped me, thank you

Nikki said...

My dogs are a huge fan of fruit and LOVE watermelon and bananas. It's so much fun to make frozen snacks for them. :)

Anonymous said...

Well, I don't have to worry about toxic fruits--my dog will eat fruit only when it's well hidden within some meat LOL She used to like melon, banana, apple, pineapple--but since then she got too spoiled, I guess.

FiveSibesMom said...

You bring back such wonderful memories for me! My FiveSibes absolutely loved blueberries, strawberries, and pumpkin was a staple! Will be Pinning to share this with others! Enjoy those summer berries! :-)

Sandee said...

Our Angel Little Bit loved fruit and we loved making sure she had fresh fruit. Such a fond memory.

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