Dogs and Fruits

Do Dogs Need Fruits
Fruits can boost important nutrients in your dog’s diet, and they also are a natural flavor enhancer. However, certain fruits are better for your dog than others. While the nutrients found in fruit can be obtained from other sources, adding fruit to the ingredients found in dog food ensures a healthy diet. This presents the best chance of providing a balanced diet with immune system-promoting nutrients to offer an abundance of endurance. You can feed your dog just about any fruit, but tropical fruits are especially beneficial because of the high levels of antioxidants they contain. Here are the top four fruits to look for in your dog's food:
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  • Apples.
    Apples are an exceptional fruit choice for your dog’s health and a fabulous source of fiber and vitamins A and C. They are particularly rich in pectin and non-pro-vitamin A carotenes. Pectin binds to and kills toxins in the abdomen. Apples are also high in beta-carotene and various B-complex vitamins, such as vitamin B6, potassium, and folic acid.
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  • Blueberries.
    Blueberries have high levels of heart disease protection and anti-cancer fighting properties. As an extra bonus, the tannins in blueberries help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). All the phytochemicals, fiber, and antioxidants in blueberries provide equivalent benefits for your dog’s body and yours, making them a super ingredient to look for in your dog’s food.
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  • Cranberries.
    Cranberries contain fiber, manganese, vitamin C, and other essential micronutrients. These varieties of nutrients contain antioxidants to help with your dog’s digestion, immune system, vision, and also benefit the cardiovascular system. Cranberries even serve as an anti-cancer agent throughout your dog's entire body. There are also nutrients in cranberries that help keep plaque from forming on your dog’s teeth. Cranberries are well known for preventing UTIs by fighting the bacteria from your dog’s digestive tract that can cause an infection in the urinary tract.
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  • Bananas.
    Bananas have a high potassium content, which helps strengthen bones by neutralizing large amounts of sodium in the diet. This enables healthy quantities of calcium to stay in your dog’s body. Bananas can also help with both constipation and diarrhea, and the high amounts of potassium can replace electrolytes lost from diarrhea. They also contain significant quantities of vitamin B6, which functions as an anti-inflammatory to help prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes. B6 also helps maintain the lymphoid glands to support the production of white blood cells and fight infections. Bananas boost healthy nervous system functioning and overall cell formation.
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Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.
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