What Fruit is Bad for Dogs (The Complete List)

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Can Dogs Eat Fruit?

When considering what foods to feed your dog, it helps to know that a dog is an omnivore. This means that in order for dogs to have a healthy diet, they require both plant and animal material. Since dogs do digest foods differently than humans do, it is important to do your research before giving your pooch a human treat. If you are feeding your dog a high-quality commercial diet, it is not necessary to supplement their diet with fruit, however, it is fun to use fruit as a treat. For example, I use small pieces of fruit for training, as a healthy KONG filler, and when I make frozen pupscicles.

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So yes, dogs can definitely have fruit, but be careful which fruits you feed your dog. As stated above, dogs do digest foods differently than humans, so before feeding your dog a delicious morsel of fruit, be sure to familiarize yourself with what fruit is safe for dogs, and more importantly, what fruit is bad for dogs. Also, try to use safe fruits in moderation, as all fruit contains sugar.

What Fruit is Bad for Dogs?


cherry fruits

The flesh of the cherry is not toxic to dogs but the seeds, stems, and leaves contain cyanide. Since there is such a small amount of flesh on a cherry fruit, it is best to avoid them altogether. Cherries can cause cyanide poisoning and difficulty breathing.


Bowl of plums

Just like cherries, the flesh of the plum is not toxic. However, the pit and surrounding flesh do contain cyanide. Since plums have such little flesh and a large pit, why take the chance?


tomatoes with stems

The flesh of a ripe tomato is generally safe, but anything green on a tomato contains solanine, which causes tomatine poisoning. Eating the stems, leaves, or any unripe part of the tomato can cause lethargy, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain.


sliced grapefruit

Grapefruit contains essential oils and psoralens that are toxic to dogs. If a dog consumes grapefruit it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other issues.


red grapes on round wooden board

It is imperative that your dog never eats grapes. Grapes (currants and raisins) are extremely toxic to dogs. The result of eating grapes, currants, and/or raisins can be kidney failure. If your dog eats a grape (currant or raisin), call your vet immediately and ask what they recommend you do to help your dog.


avocado fruits cut in half on brown surface

Avocados contain a toxin called persin. Although your dog would need to eat a lot of avocados to experience any symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, constipation), why take the risk? As you can imagine, the pit of the avocado can also be a serious choking hazard for dogs and can cause a blockage in the digestive tract.


close up shot of lemons

It’s not a good idea to feed your dog lemons, as too much lemon juice can irritate your dog’s stomach due to the high levels of citric acid. If your dog does eat lemons, it may experience vomiting or diarrhea as a result.


close up shot of limes

 Limes, just like lemons, are very high in citric acid so your dog should not eat them.

What Fruit is Good for Dogs?


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Strawberries are safe and are a good source of fiber, potassium, antioxidants, and vitamin C. In fact, strawberries are good for teeth whitening and can help to strengthen the immune system.


close up photo of blueberries

Blueberries are a safe dog treat and are rich in antioxidants, packed with fiber and phytochemicals, and high in vitamin C. Blueberries might help with night vision, ward off cell damage, and even aid in the mental functioning of aging animals.


yellow banana fruits on brown surface

Bananas are high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. In addition, they are low in cholesterol and sodium. Do feed in moderation, as bananas contain a fair amount of sugar.


a sliced mango cubes on gray surface

Dogs can eat mangoes as long as the pit is removed, as it can be a choking hazard. Also, just like the other pitted fruits on this list, the pit contains some cyanide which is poisonous. It’s best to avoid the tough mango skin as your dog may have trouble digesting it. In addition, mangos are higher in sugar so avoid them if your dog is diabetic or overweight.


pieces of fresh juicy watermelon

As its name implies, watermelon is mostly made up of water. In fact, watermelon is a whopping 92% water! This means it’s great for hydration and is super refreshing on a hot day, especially if frozen first. In addition, watermelon is also a good source of vitamins A, B6, and C, and potassium. Be sure to remove the watermelon rinds and the black and pale coloured seeds, as you want to prevent choking and/or intestinal blockage.


bunch of red and orange apples

Apples contain vitamins A and C. They are also high in fiber and low in fat. Be sure to cut out the core and seeds, as this part of the apple contains small amounts of cyanide.


pile of peaches

Peaches contain vitamins A and C, are high in fiber, and are rich in antioxidants. Like some of the other pitted fruits mentioned, the pit contains cyanide, so it’s important to remove the pit. The pit can also be a choking hazard or cause an intestinal blockage so be sure to remove it and the flesh around the pit.


close up photograph of three pears on a white surface

Pears are high in Vitamins C and K. As with the other fruits, the core and seeds contain cyanide so be sure to remove them before serving the pear to your dog.


healthy sweet sliced melon on gray plate

Cantalope contains vitamins A, B, and C. It is also high in fiber. Cantalope is high in sugar, so you may not want to feed it to a diabetic or overweight dog.


close up of cherries

Cranberries are high in vitamin C, fiber, and manganese. They are great for urinary tract infections. However, feed in moderation, as they contain a lot of acids and can be hard on a dog’s stomach.


ripe organic pumpkins heaped on plastic surface

Pumpkin can be served fresh, frozen or out of a can. It is high in vitamins A, C, and E, fiber, and iron. Be sure to feed your dog pure pumpkin if using and canned and not the sugary pumpkin pie filling.


pineapple pieces on wooden surface

Pineapple contains vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, and folate. Pineapple is also full of minerals, including manganese, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron, and small amounts of calcium, phosphorous, and zinc. Pineapple is high in fiber and contains a lot of sugar so only feed in tiny quantities to avoid stomach upset and diarrhea. Also, remove the core and spiky outside to avoid blockages.


close up shot of cucumbers

Cucumbers are filled with vitamins K, C, and B1, as well as potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin. Cucumbers do not contain any carbohydrates, fats, or oils which makes them great if your dog is overweight.


sliced oranges

Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Only feed the juicy flesh to your dog and not the peel or seeds.

How to Prepare Fruit For Your Dog

Always wash fruit prior to feeding it to your dog. Fruit can be served fresh or frozen. Prepare fruits by cutting them into small chunks, mashing, or pureeing. Be sure to monitor your dog while it eats fruit in case of choking. Never give your dog canned fruit in syrup or fruit snacks as these both are very high in sugar. As mentioned, it’s important to remove all seeds, pits, and surrounding cores and flesh. Fruits higher in sugar should be only used in moderation and avoid all fruits on the What Fruit is Bad for Dogs list.

Final Thoughts

It is not necessary to feed your dog fruit but it does make for a tasty and healthy treat. Keep in mind that treats should only make up 10% of a dog’s diet. It’s important to only feed your dog fruit that is deemed safe and to avoid any fruit that is bad for dogs. Always feed a small amount of new fruit to your dog at first to ensure that it doesn’t cause any digestive issues.

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Windy

    Wow this is definitely stuff I didn’t know. I want to get a dog in the future and this is super helpful

  2. Digitaldaybook

    We hope to get a dog soon so this was great knowledge!

  3. Smiley

    I didn’t know which fruit is bad for dogs, so thanks for sharing. It will be useful for those having dogs.

  4. Melinda

    So insightful! Great tips and advice. I don’t think I ever saw a dog eat fruit lol. But I will be definitely sharing this article with my sister who has a yorkie!

  5. Jess G

    What a great list! We adopted a border collie/heeler mix and she is THE WORST counter surfer! She also likes to steal snacks from my 10 and 6 year old. This list is going to be a great reference on when to worry, and when we’re in the clear.

  6. Palo

    I’ve been giving my dog half of these fruits.. darn it. Really glad that I stumbled upon your post!

  7. Viano

    Interesting and enlightening read. Had no idea that dogs could eat a wide variety of fruits.

  8. Lyssa

    Oh my goodness! I had no idea about half of these fruits. I was especially shocked to see tomato on there. Good thing I don’t own a dog. Haha. Thanks for this insightful post!

  9. Karletta

    This is such an excellent article. While I don’t have a dog myself, my husband and I are often “foster pet parents” of choice. This is super helpful . also loved your idea of pupscicles.

  10. Nishtha

    This is a great list of foods to avoid for dogs. We foster dogs ( & cats) and this is helpful to know