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Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?

Dog inside a strawberry

The Benefits of Feeding Your Dog Strawberries

YES, dogs can eat strawberries. Strawberries are one of the many foods safe for dogs. Strawberries also have an enzyme in them that’ll help keep your dog’s teeth white and in fact there is a homeopathic remedy called Fragaria Vesca that people use to break down tartar and keep it off their dog’s teeth. It’s made from strawberries. This fruit contains antioxidants that slow down the aging process by reducing degenerative disease. These antioxidants have reduced the risk of canine chronic diseases as well. The natural anti-inflammatory agents of this fruit have helped canine suffering from arthritis and from other musculoskeletal diseases. The soluble content of the fruit promotes the dog’s intestinal health. Vitamin C is on the top of the list of vitamin content of strawberries. Vitamin C strengthens a dog’s immune system.

Humans get loads of benefits from strawberries. This fruit is filled with health promoting phytonutrients. Strawberries are a good source of antioxidants that fight cancer causing free radicals. The fiber content of this fruit makes it an effective eliminative food as it promotes intestinal tract functions. Strawberry is a rich source of vitamins and minerals essential to good health. Studies have shown that humans and canines are 95 % similar in genetics. It is therefore considered that canines would obtain the same health benefits from CERTAIN fruits and vegetables.

Strawberries are Sweet


These fruits contain large amounts of sugar. Allowing the dog to consume a basketful of these red juicy fruits can result to obesity. Dogs are voracious eaters. The dog will sniff the ripe fruits in the strawberry patch in an instant. However, canines have shorter digestive tracts. A bowl of hulled and sliced strawberry would have no effect on the dog’s master but it can result to diarrhea in the dog. Strawberries would add variety to the dog’s diet but just as with other people food, it must be given to the dog in moderation. Moderation is always the best solution.

Strawberry Safety

Pug with strawberries

I’m not sure about the green tops or stems but I’d probably remove them first. As with any fruit, you should only feed strawberries to your furry friend in small amounts. Even though dogs can eat strawberries in big amounts, large amounts of strawberries eaten by dogs can cause diarrhea in our main-pooch.

You should NOT allow your dog to eat a strawberry plant if you have a strawberry patch in your backyard. The leaves are not harmful. However, if a full grown female dog who is pregnant eats them, the strawberry leaves can induce uterine contractions so the puppies could be born to early.

You might want to make sure that they are organic and do not have pesticides. A lot of times plants have pesticides in them that keep insects away from them but these are toxic. I don’t think they are toxic enough to kill a dog (just by eating one leave) but still it does not seem like a good idea.

Given the research we did for this article, we declare strawberries safe and even good for your dog when fed in moderation! Therefore, on the next summer day that you are eating this sweet fruit to quench your thirst for more liquids, don’t be afraid to share some with your furry friend! Just make sure they are NOT the chocolate covered strawberries… those are only for the humans!

Strawberry Dog Treats

Here are links to some greats strawberry dog treats. We couldn’t find any strawberry dog treat recipes, so if you have any please let us know!

Grandma Newton Strawberry K9 Melt Aways Dog Treats

Oxbow Simple Rewards Strawberry Treats For Small Animals

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  1. Yum, yum….we love strawberry pieces and sometimes hu-mom gives us a top (small leaves) with some fruit still attached!

    And we do love that bed, too.

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

  2. Frankie Furter and Ernie on

    OMD OMD Bunk at Furst I thought that was my beautiful RUBY in that strawberry thingy.

    Love those berries.

  3. My GSD loves strawberries, blueberries and green beans, lettuce. He’s a good boy – eats his fruits and veggies. – in moderation, because he still needs his regular dog food. Just be careful about the pesticides if you use any and always check to see if its safe first.

  4. I just happen to buy some strawberries yesterday and all my doggies like them. I feed them apples, bananas, carrots, blueberries, but had not tried strawberries. Always looking for healthy ‘people’ food for them. Thanks

  5. I had heard that possibly the strawberry seeds might cause a problem but wasn’t sure I believed that, so I am happy to hear they are safe! 🙂

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