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Things to Know Before Feeding Strawberries to Your Dog

Delicious, healthy, and super-nutritious, strawberries are perfect treats for your pet pooch. This Buzzle write-up tells you all you need to know before you feed strawberries to your dog.
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Strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges. Vitamin C is a vital component which helps absorb iron and build the immune system.
Most dog parents will vouch for the fact that their pets are game for anything, when it comes to eating. Dogs are always curious as to what their human parents are consuming, and become relentless in their pursuit of making you share your food with them.

Certain "human" food items are off-limits for your dogs, but rest assured that most fruit aren't. Strawberries, in particular, tend to find favor with most canines, and are harmless treats for your dog. But if you're still wondering if it is okay to give strawberries to your dog, the information that follows should clear your doubts.

Health Benefits of Strawberries

Strawberries are known for their antioxidant properties, which basically means that they are effective in protecting cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are the by-products of regular procedures that our bodies undergo, like digesting food, or being exposed to atmospheric radiation, or even cigarette smoke.

Free radicals slowly but surely cause irreparable damage to our bodies through each cell. It is believed that these harmful molecules can affect us in several ways and are known to cause cancer, heart disease, and other health issues. Antioxidants go a long way in limiting the damage caused by free radicals. Additionally, strawberries are an excellent source of dietary fiber and Vitamin C, they also contain an enzyme which whitens the teeth. Needless to say, these benefits work well for your dog, as they do for you.

The sugar content in strawberries is lesser, when compared to other fruits, which makes them an ideal choice if your dog is slightly overweight or has high levels of blood sugar.

Feeding Strawberries to Your Dog

Your dog will, in all probability, relish strawberries right off your palm. However, you must remember to remove the stalk beforehand, as it may contain pesticide residues. There are no concerns in this regard if you choose to feed your dog organic strawberries, which is highly recommended.

You can even pop them into the freezer for a few hours before you feed them. These can act as delicious coolers on a hot summer day.

If your dog is more of a gulper than a chewer, it is better to slice up the berries before you feed them to her. Whole strawberries can be a choking hazard.

Pureeing them is another option if you're concerned about feeding whole strawberries to your dog. You can also make ice pops from the puree.

You can use the puree to bake cookies for your beloved pooch. These can last longer than the fruit.

As in the case of any pet treats, it is not appropriate to go overboard. Though strawberries are rich in natural sugar, too much of it can be a little overwhelming for your dog's digestive tract. Remember to keep treats under control.
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Published: May 13, 2014
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