Top 10 fruits for dogs

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    Otis here. Summertime and the living is easy, especially when you have a parent who loves spoiling you. Chopper and I spend lots of time outdoors every day, taking air conditioned breaks every now and then. Of course, the heat of summer means finding ways to cool down. Here are a list of our favorite fruits for chilling out.

    Tutti Fruity, Perfect as Frozen Treats

    Fruit is a nutritious and delicious way to replenish and recover after some time in the sun. Not all fruit is pet-friends (NO GRAPES), so stick to this list of tasty treats.

    • Blueberries.Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, helping sweep old cells out of the body. They’re also full of fiber, helping clear out toxins from daily life. Rinse off blueberries and refrigerate. Feed us a few at a time from the fridge or freezer. (Blueberries are perfect for catching.) Blueberries are a favorite in our P.L.A.Y. Wobble Ball 2.0.
    • Pineapple. Pineapple has lots of vitamin C, supporting immune health. Feed fresh or frozen chunks to your buddy in moderation. Be mindful of diarrhea—that’s a sure sign your dog should lay off this sweet fruit.
    • Banana. Bananas are a fantastic source of potassium, aiding muscle and nerve function. Mix mashed bananas with other fruits for frozen treats or baked goods. You can also slice and freeze, giving us banana circles as a snack.
    • Strawberries. Much like blueberries, strawberries are full of antioxidants and fiber. They contain plenty of vitamin C. Mix some strawberries into our food or serve us bites.
    • Cranberries. Cranberries can reduce risk of heart disease and support bladder health. Serve just as you would blueberries or mix some dried cranberries into baked goods.
    • Watermelon. Watermelon is very hydrating. You can share with your pup but with caution. Remove seeds to reduce risk of intestinal blockage. Also, ditch the rind. It may seem like a neat fruit bone, but it could give us upset tummies.
    • Kiwi. Kiwi is full of fiber and vitamin C. It’s a fun, tart treat but requires some preparation. Reduce toxic risks by removing seeds and skins before sharing with us.
    • Raspberries. Raspberries reduce inflammation and benefit joint health. Of course, you should give them to us in moderation. Toss them to us as treats or mix them into pupcicles.
    • Pears. Pears contain lots of vitamin C, vitamin A and fiber. That said, it’s really easy to give us too many pears. Give us small amounts and watch for stomach upset.
    • Cantaloupe. Not only is it a staple of brunch, cantaloupe is full of vitamin A and beta carotene. Remove the seeds and cut into cubes or break out the melon baller if you’re feeling fancy. Don’t give us the rind because it can hurt our intestines.

    Frozen Fun

    All of these fruits can be used in frozen treats. We have some great recipes for you. We’re also big fans of plain frozen yogurt with a few fruits tucked inside. (Just keep the serving sizes small.)

    To make things extra fun, you can fill many of our interactive treat finders with something cool. Keep one loaded in the freezer during the hottest months so you’re ready to help us cool down!

    Until next time--