Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?

Sweet and juicy, strawberries are a joy to eat…and to share with your furry BFF!

Strawberries are a favorite summer fruit for many—but is it safe for your dog to eat? You’ll be happy to hear that, yes, you can totally share these berries with your pooch. But with any food, it’s in your best interest to know how to serve strawberries to your dog.

Strawberries can actually be beneficial for canines. Not only do they taste wonderful, but these berries boast a high fiber content, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. Strawberries are a fabulous alternative for high-calorie treats, which is important when you’re looking for low-calorie foods for your overweight pooch.

How you prepare strawberries for your dog can make all the difference, as well as serving the right amount. Overfeeding can lead to unwanted reactions in dogs, such as diarrhea or vomiting. We’ve outlined all you need to know about strawberries and dogs—can dogs eat strawberries raw, what are advantages/disadvantages to giving dogs strawberries and how to bake tasty strawberry-infused treats.

What are the benefits of feeding your dog strawberries?

A healthy raw snack for your pet, or included in their diet, strawberries can be a source of essential micronutrients. These berries contain natural compounds that act as antioxidants, supporting your dog’s overall immune system. As well, strawberries are rich in manganese, folic acid, magnesium and a selection of B vitamins, all of which can boost your dog’s health. And strawberries promote healthy digestion, thanks to their high content of water and fiber.

Full of Vitamin C, strawberries enhance your dog’s resilience to health issues. Another bonus these berries offer—when the vitamins and antioxidants are combined with the teeth-whitening enzyme strawberries contain naturally, strawberries can help your pooch’s oral health.

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Are there any downsides to feeding your dog strawberries?

As long as you don’t overdo it, there shouldn’t be any reason to worry. However, there is a chance that your dog may be allergic to strawberries.

If this is the first time giving your dog strawberries, start by giving him just one to test out his reaction. If there are no signs of an allergic reaction, you can give him a couple more. But if you notice any swelling, coughing, sneezing, skin rash or difficulty breathing, take your pet to the vet immediately.

What about canned or frozen strawberries?

Frozen strawberries are an easy summer snack for pooches. However, stay away from canned strawberries, as some contain canning ingredients that could be potentially toxic to dogs. You should also skip strawberries in syrup or any strawberry-flavored foods, such as yogurt, ice cream, or jams.

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How should you serve strawberries to your dog?

Before you offer your pooch these berries, remove the stems. For smaller dogs, slice them into smaller pieces or mash them to avoid a potential choking situation.

If you’re not serving them raw to your pet, choose frozen or dehydrated strawberries. It’s important to note that dried strawberries pack a powerful punch in smaller servings, so give your pooch a tiny bit at a time.

Strawberries make a fantastic ingredient for homemade dog treats, as they add flavor to dog cookies and infuse treats with beneficial nutrients. In case you need some ideas, here are some of our dog treat recipes that include strawberries.

Frozen Berry Treat Recipe: For easy and healthy treats you can pull together in a matter of minutes, try our Frozen Berry Treat recipe. Just mix, pour and freeze—it doesn’t get much easier than that. And you can substitute your dog’s favorite summer fruit into the mix—try it with strawberries or watermelon.

Very Berry Smoothie for Dogs: They sure taste good, and they can pack a punch of protein and energy in every sip. That’s what we were thinking with the Very Berry Smoothie for Dogs. Featuring a bounty of summer delights (strawberries and blueberries), plain yogurt and The Honest Kitchen’s Instant Goat’s Milk, this cool drink will have your dog panting for more!

Honest Kitchen’s Red, White, and Blue Frozen Pet Treats: Blueberries, strawberries, yogurt, and The Honest Kitchen’s Instant Goat’s Milk are combined for the ultimate patriotic pup treat.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Pupsicles: Everything in this delectable frozen treat is safe and healthy for your pet in appropriate portions.

Strawberry Sensation Dog Treats: These sweet berries pack a tasty and healthy punch for dogs. And that’s why they’re the star of our Strawberry Sensation Dog Treat Recipe. Also added into the mix: a banana and The Honest Kitchen’s Perfect Form herbal supplement to give these cookies a bonus boost for your dog’s digestive system.

Licks & Love Stuffed Kong Recipe: With just a couple ingredients, this simple recipe is the perfect way to engage bored dogs looking for entertainment.

Strawberry ‘Dogaritas’: Complete with our Instant Goat’s Milk, this ‘dogarita’ will leave your pup feeling good, sans the hangover you might be experiencing the next day!

Meet the Author: Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic is the Editor of Petguide.com, the flagship site to over 70 different pet communities, which offers pet parents a one-stop-info-shop for all things dog and cat related. Amy's been with PetGuide since the beginning, guided by the wisdom of her Shih Tzu mix and furry roommate, Oscar. Together, this pet power couple has their paw on the pulse of the pet industry, sniffing out trends, advice, news, tasty treat recipes and other tail-wagging stories.

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