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Strawberries - A Healthy, Occasional Summer Dog Treat

Dogs can enjoy strawberries as a safe and healthy treat, according to Dr. Jennifer Power, D.V.M., senior veterinarian at Small Door Vet. With their low-calorie and high-nutrient content, strawberries are a delightful addition to your dog's diet. However, moderation is key to avoid digestive issues, and overconsumption can lead to gastrointestinal problems.

The Perfect Serving Sizes

Small dogs can enjoy one strawberry per day, cut into bite-sized pieces. Medium dogs can have up to four strawberries, similarly prepared, while larger dogs can eat up to five. Regardless of your dog’s size, remember that strawberries should be treated as a treat, not a meal replacement. If you're uncertain about the right amount of strawberries for your dog, consult your veterinarian for personalised advice.

Balancing Treat Consumption

Treats should comprise no more than 10% of your dog’s daily diet and should be given in moderation. Overindulging can lead to an upset stomach, so start with just a few berries to see if your dog likes them. Puppies can also enjoy strawberries, but moderation is key. A small slice or two can be a delightful treat.

Addressing Allergic Risks

The protein responsible for the vibrant red color of strawberries can trigger allergic reactions in both humans and dogs. Watch out for symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, skin itching, and hives. If you observe any of these signs, it's crucial to consult a veterinarian promptly for further evaluation and care.

Safe Handling and Preparation

To safely feed strawberries to your dog, wash them thoroughly, remove the stem, and cut them into small, bite-sized pieces. Frozen strawberries can also be a great summer treat if cut into manageable pieces.

Unveiling the Health Benefits

Strawberries offer health benefits for dogs as they are high in vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. They are particularly rich in Vitamin C, which supports tissue repair and immune health. Strawberries are high in fiber, helping dogs feel fuller quickly, which is beneficial for weight management. Fiber also aids digestion and prevents constipation. Strawberries are low in calories, making them a healthier treat option for dogs needing to lose weight.


Overall, strawberries are a nutritious, occasional summer treat that can enhance the bond between dogs and their humans, providing both health benefits and enjoyment.

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