How Fruit Affects Your Dog’s Digestion
What fruits can your dog eat and what should he avoid?
In general, I recommend feeding only small amounts of fruit, certainly less than five percent, because dogs in the wild usually only eat small amounts of fruit. Of course, local, organic and pesticide-free fruit is ideal wherever possible.
The following fruits contain the most pesticides: conventional apples, strawberries, nectarines, peaches, grapes and, believe it or not, blueberries. To keep your dogs healthy and healthy, I recommend feeding them organic fruits or not feeding them at all.
Why should fruit be fed separately from proteins?
The rule of thumb is to feed fruit at least one hour before feeding meat or other proteins and at least three hours after a protein meal, because the digestion of fruit itself is fast. When you feed fruit with protein, it remains in the stomach much longer, which can lead to unwanted fermentation and production of a small amount of alcohol. So if you see your dog staggering and wiggling around the house like a drunken sailor, you’ve been feeding too much fruit with protein! I’m just kidding, but the gist of this message is to feed fruit and protein separately.
Almost all fruits are safe to feed separately from egg whites, except grapes and raisins.
Raisins and grapes are poisonous to dogs
It may come as a surprise to some that grapes and raisins are poisonous to dogs. Its ingestion can cause kidney failure. Never give your dog raisins and keep them out of your dog’s reach. In the past I’ve written a blog about how to deal with raisin poisoning, but I hope you don’t have to use it.
Is something missing from your dog’s food?
People often ask me if their dog’s diet is complete. The answer is no. Humans have produced and grown food in ways nature never intended. In nature, nutrients are locally recycled back into the soil through feces and the decay of organisms. However, because most food is transported over long distances, most soils are severely depleted of minerals and other nutrients, which is reflected throughout the food chain. Even most organic foods are likely missing essential nutrients.
In real life it is impossible to measure all nutrient and mineral levels, nor is it really necessary. All you have to do is provide your dog with healthy, natural supplements that are not synthetic. Perhaps you didn’t even know that the vast majority of supplements on the market are synthetic, made from coal, crude oil and other chemically produced ingredients.
The body knows the difference between lab-made chemicals and real food, just like you know the difference between an organic apple and a plastic imitation.
Here is a list of natural supplements to consider for every dog to ensure a healthy and long life.
© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM