Fruits that you can spoil your dog with during the summer

László Enikő

2024. June 15 - Photos: Getty Images Hungary

In the summer, people's fruit consumption increases significantly. It's no coincidence, as this is the season when the most delicious fruits are harvested. You can share this experience with your dog as well; here are the fruits you can safely give them.


Surely everyone knows the feeling of eating watermelon in the shade on a hot summer day or biting into the first soft, juicy peach of the season. These refreshing foods are not only delicious but also healthy, and you can even share them with your dog. Here are the fruits your pet can enjoy as well!

Strawberries in moderation are a good choice for your dog

First and foremost, it’s worth choosing fruits that are in season. Summer is perfect in this regard, as your favorite treats are more easily accessible during this time. Try to buy locally produced fruits that haven’t traveled long distances to reach your basket. This is important because fruits that arrive in stores without any treatment would have already rotted by the time they got there. Locally produced fruits are a much healthier choice. However, this doesn’t rule out the possibility that they may have been treated with chemicals.

Summer Hit: Watermelon

Watermelon is a perfect summer treat for your dog as well, not to mention it’s a low-calorie delicacy. It’s cooling, juicy, and sweet. It’s a great choice for pets too, as they need to cool down and stay hydrated in the summer heat. It contains many vitamins, including A, C, E, and K vitamins, beta-carotene, calcium, and other useful trace elements and minerals. If you want to surprise your dog with watermelon, make sure to remove the seeds beforehand, as they contain small amounts of cyanide.

Watermelon is one of the optimal fruits for dogs as well

Honeydew melon is also a summer favorite, loved for its sweet taste and juiciness. It can be given to dogs as well; it’s rich in vitamins. However, due to its sugar content, it should be given to your pet in moderation.

Peaches: should they stay or should they go?

Many places do not recommend peaches for dogs. This is primarily due to their pits, as like many other fruits, peach pits contain cyanide. However, the flesh is an excellent source of fiber and Vitamin A, so after removing the pit, your dog can enjoy a few slices.


Strawberries are rich in fiber and Vitamin C, but they also have a high sugar content. They can be given to your dog in small quantities, but make sure not to give them too much.


Raspberries are loved not only by people but also by many dogs for their sweet taste. They are excellent for boosting immunity and are a valuable source of fiber as well. Your dog can safely enjoy a few bites of raspberries.


The bluish berries are a very good source of vitamins, not only for you but also for your dog as a healthy treat.

Apple, the eternal hit

Apples are the most common fruit in our country, available for most of the year. Most dogs enjoy their taste, and they are a good source of vitamins. However, be careful not to give the seeds to your pet. This high-fiber, antioxidant-rich fruit can serve as a healthy snack or even complement their dinner.

The apple is a good choice for your pet

The sweet banana

Bananas are also safe for dogs, but in moderation. They are packed with potassium, Vitamin C, and fiber, though they are one of the highest-carbohydrate fruits. However, they can be consumed by dogs in moderation and can be a good supplement to the regular diet, especially for working dogs.

What not to give your pet?

Grapes, cherries, and sour cherries are often mentioned among fruits that are forbidden for dogs. The question of grapes is highly debated, as many dogs enjoy snacking on them in gardens without any issues. However, some dogs may be sensitive to them, and scientists have yet to determine exactly what causes severe immune reactions in some dogs. The situation is similar for cherries and sour cherries as with peaches: their pits contain cyanide, so they are not recommended. However, their flesh is healthy and consumable.

What do you think, can your furry friend have ice cream? Here’s the answer!

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