Fruits and berries provide a ton of nutritional benefits for you and your furry family members. They are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that can help to maintain healthy skin, eyes, digestion, and more.
Of course there are a few caveats to keep in mind when serving up fruits and berries:
- Always wash fruits and berries before serving
- Never feed seeds, rinds, or pits to your pets
- Be aware that some fruits and berries are poisonous for dogs
- Use small bite-size portions and in moderation
- When in doubt, always consult your vet
With this in mind, here are some fruits and berries that make great treats for Great Danes!
Strawberries are chock full of fiber, potassium, magnesium, iodine, folic acid, and omega-3 fats. They are also an excellent source of vitamins C, K, B1 and B6. Consider cutting them in half and freezing them to make a delicious Summer treat for your Great Dane.
Cantaloupe is a great source of vitamins A, B Complex, and C. This melon is also high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, niacin, and beta carotene.
As with all melons, be sure to remove the rind and seeds before serving. Cut into one inch squares and refrigerate for tasty bite-size treats for you and your four-legged buddy.
Raspberries are an excellence source of antioxidants and dietary fiber. They are also provide potassium, manganese, copper, iron, magnesium as well as essential vitamins like vitamin C, K, and B Complex. Be sure to remove any greenery and stems before serving.
Apples are another great source of fiber for your pet. They also provide a nice dose of potassium and Vitamin C. While the apple rind is not harmful for your Dane, be sure to wash thoroughly and remove stems and seeds.
Dip them in some natural peanut butter and your Great Dane will become an apple junkie in no time!
Blueberries are a superfood, packed full of antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, and E, plus they are a good source of iron and zinc. These little wonders are the perfect size treats for short training sessions and when frozen, make a great Summertime treat.
Who doesn’t like biting into a fresh, juicy watermelon on a hot Summer day; they are juicy, refreshing and wonderfully tasty! It should come as no surprise that our four-legged friends enjoy watermelon just as much as we do.
Aside from the great taste and refreshing hydration these melons provide, they are also a great source of potassium and magnesium, not to mention vitamin A and vitamin C.
As with all melons, be sure to remove the rind and seeds before serving.
A favorite among bears, racoons, foxes, and birds, blackberries are also quite popular for canines of all shapes and sizes. Packed full of antioxidants, fiber, omega-3s, and a slew of healthy vitamins, blackberries can be a great treat for your Great Dane.
Be sure to remove and stems and greenery and try freezing for a cool Summer treat.
Bananas are high in potassium and carbohydrates as well as vitamin B6 and C. They are also a good source of fiber and can potentially help with digestion, heart health, and weight loss. Like apples, bananas pair well with natural peanut butter and make for a yummy treat for your Great Dane.
While banana peels are not necessarily toxic for your pet, they do contain an excessive amount of fiber which your Dane may have trouble digesting. Always peel bananas before serving, just to be safe.
You may have never considered feeding cranberries to your Great Dane, but consider this: Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, and fiber. They are also purported to be helpful in preventing urinary tract infections and managing the body’s PH balance.
Bear in mind, cranberries (like all fruits and berries) should be fed in moderation. Too many cranberries could upset your Dane’s stomach.