Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?

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When you’re trying to find fun and healthy snacks for your canine companions, strawberries may not be the first thing you’d think of. However, these delicious delights are, surprisingly, as good for dogs as they are for us! 

Being a dog bakery, we often get asked "can dogs eat strawberries" We always say yes. The tricky part is figuring out how to get your dog to eat a strawberry. Keep reading:

can dogs eat strawberries

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 Can Dogs Eat Strawberries? 

Yes! Dogs can absolutely eat strawberries! You should, of course, consult with your veterinarian to make sure that your pooch’s tummy is ready to handle these juicy treats, but most dogs are capable of digesting strawberries.

Should Dogs Eat Strawberries?

Once again, the answer to this question is yes! Obviously a dog needs a balanced diet and dog can not survive on berries alone but some studies show that strawberries (and other berries, particularly blueberries) can be beneficial to pooches.

A Powerful Antioxidant & Source of Vitamin C

dogs benefit from the antioxidants in strawberries

While studies of doggy nutrition are still in their early stages, there’s a decent amount of evidence to suggest that they also benefit from the antioxidants found in berries. For example, a study by the University of Alaska Fairbanks found that feeding sled dogs blueberries as they exercised boosted their antioxidant levels. As a result, they were better able to combat the effects of oxidative damage.

The findings mirror human trials, which show that berries, including strawberries, can help reduce the risk of joint damage, heart disease, and memory loss. Vitamin C has many of the same benefits. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

can dog eat strawberries

Another main component of strawberries is omega-3. This nutritional component is essential for your dog’s coat health. When given sufficient omega-3, dogs have gorgeous, lush, and shiny coats.

A study published by Veterinary Research Communications also found that omega-3 fatty acids may also influence dog behavior; aggressive dogs appear to have lower levels of omega-3.

Meanwhile, a study from the Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition found that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce and ease symptoms of arthritis in elderly dogs. 

How to Feed Your Dogs Strawberries

how to feed your dog strawberries

If you want to give your pooch some strawberries, begin with a small amount. This allows for you to quickly stop if your pooch begins to exhibit abnormal behaviors.

Never feed too many strawberries at once, as these treats are high in sugar. Moreover, never feed canned or processed strawberries to a dog. In general, if a berry of any type is suspended within syrup, it shouldn’t be fed to a dog.

The biggest challenge is HOW to get your dog to eat strawberries. Some dogs love eating strawberries. Others, not so much. None of my dogs will eat strawberries unless I doctor them up.

dogs and kids like strawberries

Dogs and kids alike sometimes need their food specially-prepared!

Common Health Problems 

The most common problems a dog will encounter after eating a strawberry are intestinal distress and, for particularly energetic eaters, choking. If you’re unsure of how much your pup can tolerate, start small and build from there. 

While it isn’t known to be common, some dogs may have an allergic reaction to strawberries. When you first provide your pooch with strawberries, keep a close eye on them. If they develop hives or begin to have trouble swallowing and breathing, this is a sign of an allergic reaction, which should be treated as a veterinary emergency.

Obviously, if your dog shows signs of distress or discomfort after eating strawberries, stop providing them!

The Simple Method

The easiest way to feed your pup some strawberries is by rinsing them and slicing them up, making sure to discard the stem and leaf. Cut the strawberries into small pieces to reduce the choking risk.

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For particularly petite pooches, like Luna the Shih Tzu, you may even want to blend or purée the fruits. You can even mash them up!

Premade Treats

If you’re in a rush or simply don’t have the space to set up a doggy kitchen, there are still plenty of ways to serve up some strawberries. There are a whole slew of pre-made treats with strawberries inside. 

👆These Odorless Yak chews are made with real strawberries and are a sneaky way to get some strawberry into your dog's diet.

👇 And these strawberry and beet flavor treats  provide all 10 essential amino acids and are small enough to be training treats

The Verdict: Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?

Positives

Negatives

Dogs benefit from the antioxidants found in berries High in natural sugar.
Strawberries can help reduce the risk of joint damage, arthritis, heart disease, and memory loss. While it isn’t known to be common, some dogs may have an allergic reaction to strawberries.
Strawberries contain omega-3 which is essential for your dog’s coat health Many dogs don't like strawberries in their natural form so you'll have to doctor them up, which can be time consuming.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in strawberries may also help calm aggressive dogs.
Lots of strawberry dog treat recipes are available online so you won't have to look far.

⭐️⭐️ WINNER ⭐️⭐️

✔️ Dogs CAN Eat Strawberries

 

STRAWBERRY DOG TREAT RECIPES

For a truly elevated experience, consider making your own homemade treats for your dog!

There are many recipes available and we're including our favorites here!

1. Strawberry Sensation Dog Treat Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup strawberries diced
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/4 cup Whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup whole grain rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup water

  Steps:  

  • Put banana and strawberries in a blender. Mix until smooth. Set aside.
  • Add strawberry and banana mixture, and almond milk to the dry mixture. Stir until dough is moist but firm, knead with hands if necessary.
  • On a parchment paper lined surface, roll out dough to ¼ thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and place on cookie sheets.
  • Place cookies in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove cookies from oven and place on cooling rack overnight.
  • Store cookies in airtight container or bag and keep in refrigerator or freezer.

Summer (and any warmer times) can be tough on dogs, and making them a delicious frozen treat is an excellent way to ensure they get their needed dosage of H2O and stay hydrated.

Why not try one out that includes strawberries?

2. Strawberry Peanut Butter Pupsicle Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Peanut butter
  • ¼ Cup Water
  • Knife
  • Blender
  • Ice Cube Trays

Steps:

  1. Cut off strawberry tops.
  2. Add strawberries and water to the blender.
  3. Blend together until smooth.
  4. Pour into ice cube trays.
  5. Add a dollop of Peanut butter to the tops
  6. Freeze and serve.

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Strawberries are an excellent way to indulge canine sweet tooths without the dangers of chocolate or processed sugar overload.

Fresh fruit offers a natural sweetness to dog treats, along with all the benefits of fresh fruit- strawberries for their phytonutrients and antioxidant properties, while bananas offer potassium and amino acids.

You can feel really good about slipping your beloved pet these treats knowing they are made with wholesome ingredients and no additives, food dye, or preservatives.

3. Strawberry Banana Oat Cookies For Dogs

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup diced strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

Steps:

  1. Mash bananas and strawberries.
  2. Add in flour,oatmeal, and yogurt. Stir until well combined.
  3. Turn dough out onto well floured counter, dough will be sticky.
  4. Flatten to 1/4” with your floured hands or rolling pin.
  5. Cut shapes with cookie cutters or use a small cup for circles.
  6. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets
  7. Bake in oven preheated to 350° F for 15-17 minutes until golden and still slightly soft.
  8. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Strawberry fun facts:

  1. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
  2. Strawberries are the only fruit with the seeds on the outside.
  3. Strawberries are actually a member of the rose family.
  4. Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid and potassium.
  5. In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace & prosperity.
  6. Americans eat approximately 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries each year.
  7. Ninety-four percent of U.S. households consume strawberries.
  8. Strawberries, as part of a five-servings-a-day fruit and vegetable program, can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart attacks.
  9. Unlike some other fruits, strawberries don’t continue to ripen after being picked.
  10. California produces some 80% of the strawberries in the U.S.

May Is National Strawberry Month

As the internet has taught us, there’s a holiday for just about everything. And as it turns out - fruit is no exception, as May is national strawberry month. National Strawberry month is when we celebrate the pure love of strawberries and take notice of all the value this delicious fruit has to offer.

So, dog lovers, what other strawberry dog-friendly recipes have you tried? Leave them in the comments below.

Rocky Kanaka

Rocky Kanaka is an entrepreneur, pet rescue advocate and dog dad to a rescue boxer named Flip, a blind Cane Corso called Kobe, and a terrier mix named Zoey. He's also a pet chef and owner of The Dog Bakery, which specializes in dog birthday cakes and fresh baked dog treats. His three dogs can't get enough of the dog cakes and treats!

Lorna Ladd

Lorna Paxton Ladd is a passionate dog lover and enthusiast of The Dog Bakery. She loves spoiling her 3 rescue dogs with dog cakes and jerky. A 15 year veteran in the pet industry, her aim is to educate pet parents on the best recipes, products, tips and tricks to optimize the human/canine bond. Her favorite product at The Dog Bakery are the customizable dog birthday cakes.