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October 28, 2020 3 min read

Nothing quite hits the spot on a nice summer day like plump, fresh strawberries. Serve them with a little whipped cream or maybe some vanilla ice cream, and you've got yourself a perfect snack.

But how about your dog? Can dogs eat strawberries?

CAN DOGS EAT STRAWBERRIES?

They sure can! Of course, it depends how you get those strawberries - ripe, fresh ones right from the farmer's market are perfect. Strawberries from a can, on the other hand, might be problematic. And of course, strawberry shortcake is out of the question (but I for one am glad I don't have to share!).

ARE STRAWBERRIES GOOD FOR DOGS?

Strawberries have a number of nutritional benefits for dogs. They're high in fiber and vitamin C, both of which are important in any dog's diet. They're also full of antioxidants, which are important in a number of different ways when it comes to helping your dog age well - they help with not only brain health but also joints and other parts of the body.

Another big plus of strawberries is that they're low in calories, so you're not going to risk having an overweight dog if you throw a few his way. 

Ultimately, strawberries are pretty much all good - they can help with everything from a dog's immune system to her teeth. Talk about a wonderful snack for your best friend!

RISKS OF GIVING STRAWBERRIES TO DOGS

The risks of feeding strawberries to your dog are very minimal. The one major thing to bear in mind is that because of their size, they can present a choking hazard. You should definitely keep an eye on your pup while he's snacking on strawberries. And of course if you want to stay extra safe, you can just cut your strawberries into small pieces that don't risk getting stuck anywhere.

As with any snack, you should of course give strawberries alongside a balanced diet that has all the protein, vitamins and nutrients your dog needs. Just because strawberries are great doesn't mean that's all your dog should eat!

While strawberries are definitely healthy, that doesn't mean that anything strawberry-flavored is. Any candy or other sweets that come in strawberry flavors are going to have far too much sugar for a dog (and they probably won't even have real strawberries in them). Stay away from strawberry shortcake, strawberry Starburst and strawberry hard candy. Also, just because you're eating your strawberries with cream doesn't mean you should give them to your dog that way. Just serve them plain - your dog doesn't need any extra sweetness with them! 

Similarly, it's best to avoid canned strawberries. They're often packed in a sweet syrup that is extremely high in sugar, and even if you take them out of it, they'll still have absorbed some. That's going to be way too much for your dog's system, so definitely stay away from anything in a can.

And the final risk of strawberries is that they'll definitely stain your clothes, so watch out for your dog's tongue after he's chowed down on them! 

SO CAN DOGS EAT STRAWBERRIES?

Strawberries are a great snack for dogs, and they can be a wonderful addition into any pup's diet. They're deliciously sweet, which your dog will probably love, but they're low in calories and full of nutrients. You can serve them whole to your dog (though watch out for choking and consider cutting them up first) or puree them and spread them on top of kibble to make mealtime even better.

Of course, as always you should keep an eye on your dog while introducing any new food into her diet and consult your veterinarian if anything seems out of sorts.