The quick answer: Yes, strawberries are safe to eat.
Nothing says summer more than a ripe strawberry! You may find yourself wondering if your dog can eat strawberries as well; whether they’ve accidentally eaten one or if you can give them as a treat.
Benefits of strawberries
Strawberries are chock full of antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. It’s also said that strawberries can help “whiten” your dog’s teeth!
Only a few berries at a time, though, as strawberries are naturally sweet and too much can cause diarrhea or gastrointestinal upset. And remember, it’s an absolute no to the toxic chocolate-covered strawberries, and desserts like strawberry ice cream and strawberry shortcake are just too rich and high in sugar for pups.
What about other berries?
Most berries are okay for dogs to consume, especially those who are on senior diets or prefer all-natural treats.
Berries to avoid
Regional berries like gooseberries, marionberries, salmonberries, serviceberries can be safe, but some can be toxic to your dog. For example, while gooseberries are toxic, lesser known species of berries don’t have concrete research behind them. While hiking or exploring the outdoors, stay away from holly, juniper, nightshade, dogwood, poke, and mistletoe berries as well as baneberries; they can be toxic and their pits are a hazard. To avoid poisoning your dog, don’t feed your pup any random berries other than those deemed safe, and if your curious canine has gotten into anything, you may need to call poison control.
Additionally, two fruits that aren’t berries but sometimes get in the mix are toxic - avoid grapes and cherries, both of which are bad news for dogs.
Treatment for toxic berries
Symptoms can include GI issues like vomiting and diarrhea, extreme lethargy, tremors and seizures, excessive drooling or trouble breathing. If you’re seeing these signs and think your dog has ingested a toxic berry, call your emergency veterinary hospital and get vet treatment as soon as possible. Try to grab a sample of the berries in question! Your vet can treat your pet better with the knowledge of what they may have eaten. This may include IV fluids, induced vomiting, and charcoal even if the poisoning might be mild.
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