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What fruits can dogs eat? Experts list the good and bad

What fruits are good for dogs and which ones should you avoid? Veterinarians weigh in.

What fruits can dogs eat? Experts list the good and bad

When your pooch flashes you those puppy dog eyes when you’re biting into an apple or peeling a banana, it can be hard to resist, but as most pet owners know, not all people food is safe for dogs — including a number of fruits. 

On the flip side, though, many fruits are OK, and even nutritious, for dogs. “Fruit can be an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals for your pet. They also tend to be low in calories and fat,” explains Dr. Danielle Bernal, a global veterinarian with Wellness Pet Company. “However, caution should be taken as some fruits can be toxic or have high sugar content that can deliver unwanted excess calories.”  

What fruits are good for dogs? And what fruits are bad for dogs? Read on for expert input on both.

“Fruit can be an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals for your pet. They also tend to be low in calories and fat.”

— Dr. Danielle Bernal, veterinarian

What fruits are good for dogs? 

Here, Bernal and Dr. Don LeHoullier, veterinarian and owner of Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Jefferson, Oregon, weigh in on which fruits are good — and even healthy — for dogs. 

Keep in mind, though, moderation is key! “Snacks, including fruit, should not be more than 10% of a dog’s total calorie intake,” notes Bernal. 

1. Strawberries

In moderation, strawberries are OK for dogs, Bernal notes, adding that they should be sliced into bite-sized portions. 

Are strawberries good for dogs? 

In moderation, yes. “Strawberries contain vitamin C and fiber,” LeHoullier notes, “but also a lot of sugar.”

2. Bananas

Bananas are great for dogs “frozen or fresh, without the peel,” according to Bernal. LeHoullier adds that they’re a good snack, as they’re lower in calories than some other fruits. 

Are bananas good for dogs?

Bananas contain potassium and “may support digestion,” LeHoullier notes. As with all human food, though, Bernal recommends watching the amount you give your pup, as bananas are higher in natural sugars. 

3. Apples

Apples are a tasty treat for dogs that pack a number of health benefits, notes LeHoullier. However, “seeds should be removed because they contain small amounts of cyanide, and they can also cause digestive issues,” he adds. 

Are apples good for dogs?

Bernal notes that apples are an “excellent source of pectic, which supports a healthy digestive system.” Additionally, they contain fiber and vitamins A and C.  

4. Watermelon

So long as you’re not giving a dog watermelon with the rind and seeds, it’s safe, notes Bernal. 

Is watermelon good for dogs? 

Yes! Not only does watermelon contain vitamins A, B6, C and potassium, it’s also about “92% water, which makes it a great snack to keep dogs hydrated,” says LeHoullier.

5. Blueberries

Blueberries make an excellent treat for dogs, according to LeHoullier. 

Are blueberries good for dogs? 

Loaded with antioxidants and fiber, blueberries are great for a dog’s digestive system, notes Bernal. 

6. Oranges

Both Bernal and LeHoullier say oranges are OK for dogs, so long as they’re peeled and have the seeds removed. However, Bernal explains, this fruit should be limited. 

“Be sure to watch the amount you give your dog,” she says, “as these fruits are also high in natural sugars and can deliver excess calories for unwanted weight gain.” 

Are oranges good for dogs? 

Oranges are full of vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber and pack a healthy punch for dogs. 

7. Pears

Pears are OK for dogs, so long as the seeds are removed, notes LeHoullier, as they contain a small amount of cyanide.

Are pears good for dogs? 

Pears are a nutritious treat for dogs, LeHoullier continues; they’re rich in vitamins C and K and fiber. 

8. Dragon fruit

According to LeHoullier, dragon fruit can be fed to dogs without the skin, which is a choking hazard.  

Is dragon fruit good for dogs?

“Dragon fruit should be given to dogs in moderation,” he continues, “as it is high in sugar and fiber.”

9. Pineapples and mangos

Pineapples and mangos are high in sugar and may cause weight gain, Bernal notes.

Are pineapples and mangos good for dogs?

While safe for dogs, pineapples and mangos should be offered in moderation, she adds. 

10. Cantaloupe

Again, so long as you avoid the rind and seeds, cantaloupe is safe for dogs. 

Is cantaloupe good for dogs?

Cantaloupe, like watermelon, is high in water content, so it can be a “great hydration boost” for dogs, says Bernal. 

11. Raspberries and blackberries

Raspberries and blackberries are safe for dogs, but, Bernal explains, due to their higher natural sugar content, they should be fed in moderation.

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What fruits are bad for dogs?

While many fruits can offer your pup healthful vitamins and nutrients, it’s also important to learn what fruits are not good for dogs. Avoid giving dogs the following fruits, per Bernal and LeHoullier.


While the fleshy part around the seed is technically safe for dogs, the stems and seeds contain cyanide, which can be toxic to dogs, Bernal notes.  

Grapes and raisins

Pet parents should never give their dogs grapes or raisins. 

“These foods are especially toxic to dogs and can potentially lead to the rapid onset of kidney damage in some dogs, leading to acute kidney failure within a short period of time and potentially becoming fatal,” says Bernal. “Research is yet to definitively pinpoint the exact substance in this fruit that causes this reaction, but dog parents need to know that they are not safe in any amount.” 


Tomatoes contain a toxin called solanine, so dogs should steer clear. 

“The ripened flesh is safe, but the green parts of the plant contain a toxin that can cause difficulty breathing, upset stomach and heart problems,” LeHoullier says. “With so many other safe options, tomatoes are not worth the risk.”  


Another no-no fruit? Avocados. “The skin and pit contain persin, a compound that can cause vomiting and diarrhea,” notes LeHoullier. 

What to do if your dog eats a fruit they shouldn’t have  

Quick action is key, according to Bernal. “First, identify the fruit and contact your veterinarian immediately, detailing the type and quantity ingested along with any symptoms observed,” she explains. “Monitor the pet closely for signs of distress, but refrain from inducing vomiting without professional advice.” 

“Follow the veterinarian’s guidance meticulously, whether it involves immediate treatment or observation at home,” she continues. “Additionally, take measures to prevent future incidents by securing potentially harmful fruits out of reach. Ultimately, prioritizing the pet’s well-being and seeking prompt veterinary care are most important.”

The bottom line

Many fruits are OK for dogs, with some even offering health benefits. Just make sure to follow proper preparation instructions (removing seeds, rind, etc.) and don’t overdo it. 

“There are plenty of foods your dog can eat that you can probably already have in your kitchen,” notes Bernal. “Just remember, you should still offer healthy snacks in moderation to ensure they still get complete and balanced nutrition for their well-being.”