Antioxidants are the key to keeping your dog healthy. They protect your dog from free radicals and their harmful effects on the body. Without antioxidants, your dog's immune system would start to weaken. Antioxidants can be found in your dog's food as well as some whole foods! The best place to find these are in colorful fruits and vegetables. But which ones are safe for your dog to eat? Let's find out!
- Cut off the tops
- For small dogs: cut in chunks, puree, or mash
- For large dogs: give whole berry or cut in half
BlueberriesBlueberries are low in calories and best known for their antioxidants. They also contain fiber and vitamin C & K. This berry will boost your dog's immune system and promote overall good health. Blueberries are the most widely used dog safe fruit for antioxidants.
- Wash blueberries
- Can be given fresh or frozen
- Give one at a time for a treat or add a few to your dog's food bowl
PeachesThis fruit is often overlooked, and many people don't even know they are safe for dogs! Peaches are loaded with antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients, such as fiber and vitamin A. Giving your dog a fresh, juicy peach in the summertime will excite their taste buds and strengthen their body.
- Wash the peach
- Cut into slices to get into the middle
- Be sure to cut out the pit completely
- Peaches can be given to your dog in slices or chunks
CranberriesThis small red berry is very high in antioxidants and will benefit your dog greatly. It is also low in calories, but high in vitamin C and fiber. Cranberries are also known to promote a healthy urinary tract, so your dog gets many different benefits along with antioxidants.
- Wash fresh cranberries
- Can be given one at a time or add a few to the food bowl
- Raw, cooked, and dried are all safe for dogs just make sure the dried ones do not have any sugar or sugar substitutes added
Just like all the other berries mentioned above, blackberries are safe too! Loaded with great antioxidants, blackberries contain plenty of vitamins as well. This berry contains anthocyanins, which are antioxidants found in dark dark purple or blue foods. Blackberries will help your dog fight off excessive free radicals, and keep him/her healthy.
- Wash blackberries
- For small dogs: cut in half if needed
- For large dogs: give the whole berry or add a few to their food
Things to Remember
Be sure to feed fresh fruit in moderation, these fruits contain sugar that can lead to an upset stomach. A few pieces here and there are a great addition to your dog’s normal diet. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet.