9 Summer Fruits that are Safe for Dogs + Homemade Dog Treats Recipes

Ah, the dog days of summer. Too hot to do anything but laze around, cool down with your favorite cold drinks. For foodies like us, it’s all about the heavenly desserts and abundance of fresh summer fruits that make our day. And as you take a bite of that tasty peach cobbler, you wonder whether it’s safe for Fido to eat. Well, the answer is yes to the peach, but not the dessert you’re eating. Some summer fruits like peaches are safe for dogs to eat. But when they’re canned, preserved, or added as an ingredient to desserts that are high in sugar, then they become dangerous for pets.

What in-season fruits can your dog snack on? Why shouldn’t you give canned fruits to pets? If you’re looking for answers to these questions, you’ve come to the right place! In this post, let’s look at the safe summer fruits that your pet will enjoy munching on.

Watermelon

Little Girl Eating a Summer Fruit Watermelon

We all know how dehydrating summer can be. One way to keep your pet hydrated is to give them plenty of water and let them snack on fruits like watermelon. This fruit is perfect for sweltering days! It’s made of 92% water and can help them stay hydrated and fuller longer.

Overweight dogs will enjoy eating this guilt-free snack. Not only is a watermelon low in calories, but it is also full of essential nutrients such as Vitamins A, B6, and C. It’s also an excellent source of dietary fiber which supports your pet’s digestive health.

What to Watch Out For

Too many watermelon servings can cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. The skin, seeds and rinds are not to be eaten since these parts of the watermelon can cause intestinal blockage.

Watermelon Dog Treats Recipe

The easiest way to feed fresh watermelon to your furkid is to cut them up in small cubes. You can also freeze them for an extra refreshing treat. But if you’re looking for a special treat for Fido, try making this delicious watermelon popsicle recipe from Barefeet in the Kitchen. 

You’ll need:

2 cups watermelon, cut into chunks

¼ plain yogurt

1. Combine the watermelon and yogurt and blend until smooth.

2. Pour into ice cube trays or cute bone or paw print silicone molds.

3. Put the molds in the freezer for 4 to 5 hours or until frozen solid. Transfer to a container and store in the freezer. 

Banana

Abundance of Banana During Summer

If you’re looking for a sweet and nutritious snack for your dog, you can’t go wrong with bananas. This fruit can do wonders for your pet’s digestive system and heart health. This fruit is a rich source of vitamin B6 and potassium, a mineral and electrolyte that aids in regulating canine blood pressure and reducing calcium loss from bones. The magnesium in bananas is good for healthy bone growth as well. Bananas also contain fiber that helps in maintaining gut health.

What To Watch Out For

Bananas belong to the list of top 10 fruits with the highest sugar content. A medium-size banana contains at least 14 grams of sugar. It’s also high in carbs so it’s important that you don’t give this treat to overweight and diabetic pets. The high fiber content can also result in constipation or diarrhea if not given in moderation. Before giving banana treats to your furkid, ask your vet about the right amount based on their weight and needs.

Peanut Butter-Banana Dog Treats Recipe

A lot of dogs love peanut butter! If your furkid is one of them, here’s a doggy treat recipe that will surely make them happy. All you need for this classic favorite are four ingredients and voilà! You have a delectable and nutritious treat for Fido.

You’ll need:

3 cups old-fashioned oats (also known as whole or rolled oats) or more, as needed

2 ripe bananas, mashed

¼ cup peanut butter

¼ cup coconut oil, melted

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prep your baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper, then set aside.

2. Combine bananas, oats, peanut butter, and coconut oil in a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of oats at a time until the dough is no longer sticky.

3. Lightly flour the working space and knead your dough three to four times until the ingredients are well combined. Roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness.

4. Use a cookie cutter to cut into desired shapes and place on the baking sheet.

5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Cool on a baking rack before packing it in an airtight container. 

Blueberry

Are blueberries safe for dogs to eat?

You may have noticed that a lot of dog food and treats include blueberries. That’s because we consider blueberries a superfood in the human world. In fact, scientist James Joseph tested fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant abilities and blueberry scored higher than any of them.

So, what makes blueberries extra special? Not only do they have an ample amount of antioxidants, but they are also an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, and, K. They are low in calories and have high fiber content as well. Studies also show that blueberries can lower blood sugar, decrease inflammation, and prevent tumor growth. You can add this fruit to your dog’s meals if they’re not picky or don’t mind the taste of blueberries.

What to Watch Out For

Like any human food that’s high in fiber, it’s best to give blueberries to dogs in moderation. Too much fiber can cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. Although blueberries are small and won’t cause blockage, they might pose as a choking hazard to pets who eat too fast. If you have this fruit in your backyard, it’s best to fence off that part of the garden to prevent Fido from eating too many blueberries.

4-Ingredient Blueberry Dog Treats

Laura of Sprinkles & Sea Salt made these delicious and nutritious goodies for her dog, Layla. If you’re trying to make a gluten-free snack for your dog, you can substitute the whole wheat flour into a gluten-free flour like almond or coconut flour.

You’ll need:

2 tbsp Coconut Oil

1 ¼ Cup and 2 Tbsp Whole Wheat Flour

2 Eggs

½ Cup Blueberries, Halved

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare your baking sheet.

2. Put Coconut Oil in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds until melted.

3. Add 1 ¼ cup flour and mix thoroughly. Add one egg at a time. Then fold in the blueberries.

4. Form the dough into a ball and roll out on a floured surface. Sprinkle flour on the dough if it sticks to the rolling pin.

5. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

6. Cool the blueberry doggy snacks before giving to your pup.

Raspberry

Raspberry Summer Fruits for Dogs

You may wonder, “Are raspberries good for dogs?” Yes, they are! Raspberries are one of the safe berries that dogs can eat. They’re chocked full of Vitamin C, fiber, and manganese. Overweight dogs who love treats can benefit from this low-calorie, low-sugar fruit. Just like blueberries, raspberries also have anti-inflammatory properties that can help dogs with joint pain. Even though raspberries are nutritious, it’s highly recommended that you don’t give more than a cup to your furkid.

What to Watch Out For

Raspberries have xylitol, a naturally occurring alcohol that is also widely used as a sugar substitute. Xylitol is harmful to dogs in large quantities as it can cause low blood sugar. No need to be alarmed though. For reference, one cup of raspberries has 0.05 grams of xylitol. A 22-pound (10 kilogram) dog has to eat 16 grams or 32 cups of raspberries to be fatal. If you have a raspberry bush in your backyard, make sure to remove ripe berries or fence off that area.

Chicken & Raspberry Dog Treats Recipe

Here’s a doggy snack recipe from Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking that will make your pup beg for more!

You’ll need:

1 cup chicken stock

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

1. Mash up the raspberries in a small bowl. Then, pour in the chicken stock.

2. Mix thoroughly until uniform in color.

3. Pour into dog bone silicone molds or ice cube trays4. Freeze for at least 5 hours. You can store these treats in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Peach

Summer Fruit Peaches Safe for Dogs

I love peaches and it’s one summer fruit that I’m always looking forward to eating. It’s a good thing I can share peaches with my furkid. They’re rich in vitamins A and E, and contain fiber, niacin, potassium, manganese, copper, and phosphorus. You can give sliced fresh peaches to your dog or you can freeze them for a refreshing treat. 

What to Watch Out For

It’s not all peachy keen for this summer fruit. Avoid giving preserved or canned peaches to your dogs. Aside from the high sugar content, artificial sweeteners and preservatives are often added as well. Keep the pits away from your pup. The pits contain traces of a cyanide compound called amygdalin that’s toxic to dogs. Peaches are best as occasional treats as they’re high-sugar and high calorie fruits.

Oatmeal Peach Cookies

This gluten-free peach treat recipe from Real Advice Gal is nutritious, dog tested, and dog approved!

You’ll need:

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup gluten-free whole wheat flour

¼ cup diced fresh peaches

¾ cup water, divided

¾ tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp honey

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare your baking sheet.

2. Combine oats and ½ cup water in a large bowl.

3. Using a blender or food processor, combine peaches, 1/8 cup water, olive oil, and honey. Puree until smooth.

4. Add the peach mixture to the oats and mix thoroughly. Add the flour, cinnamon, and the remaining water. You might need to knead the mixture on a lightly floured surface.

5. Break off pieces of the dough and roll into 1-inch balls.

6. Place on a baking sheet and press down with a spoon.7. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool before storing in an airtight container.

Orange

Summer Fruit Orange Safe for Dogs to Eat

Not all dogs might enjoy oranges as a treat because of the citrusy taste. But if you’re wondering if it’s safe to give some to your furkid, the answer is yes. Like any citrus fruit, oranges can boost your pet’s immune system. This low-sodium summer fruit is rich in vitamin C and beneficial for dogs who are highly active or constantly anxious.

What to Watch Out For

Because they’re high in sugar content, feeding your pup too many oranges can lead to digestive problems. Diabetic dogs should not be given this fruit at all. Parts of the orange are not safe for dogs to eat as well. Don’t give the seeds, pith (white lining found on the rind of citrus fruits), and the rind. Although the rind has a concentrated amount of vitamin C, it’s not recommended for your pup. It can pose as a choking hazard or cause blockage in their digestive system.

Orange Cranberry Dog Treats Recipe

If your pup doesn’t like the taste of oranges on their own, you can add them as ingredient to your homemade doggy snacks. Here’s another pet-approved munchies that will surely capture your dog’s attention.

You’ll need:

1 orange, peeled

½ cup dried cranberries

1 egg

¼ cup honey

2 cups flour

1 cup whole or rolled oats, ground

½ tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare your cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper.

2. Grind whole or rolled oats for 40 seconds in a food processor or blender. Combine the flour and oats in a bowl. Set aside.

3. Dice the cranberries and add to the flour and oat mixture. Add the egg, honey, and vanilla extract.

4. Grate or zest the orange peel before adding to the mixture. Slice the orange and squeeze its juice into the bowl. Remove any seeds.

5. Knead the dough into a ball, then cut into four or five smaller balls. Roll each ball into ¼ or ½ inch thickness.6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely before placing in an airtight container.

Apple

Although apples are not summer fruits, you can still find a lot of these nutrient-dense fruits in markets and groceries. If you have a senior dog, it’s the perfect snack for them as apples are low in protein and fat. This fruit is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, aids in relieving allergies, and improves digestive health. You may not know this, but apples can also help keep your dog’s breath fresh and his pearly whites clean.

What to Watch Out For

The best and safest way to feed apples to your dog is to remove the seeds and cores. Seeds contain trace amounts (meaning concentration is very low) of cyanide, which are toxic to your dogs. A few seeds won’t harm your pooch, but it’s best not to put your dog’s health at risk. Cores are the hardest to chew and digest, and may cause stomach blockage and pose as a choking hazard.

Apple Carrot Dog Biscuit Recipe

Not only are these doggy snacks from Reluctant Entertainer super easy to make, but they also make wonderful gifts to other fur parents and their dogs when you visit their homes.

You’ll need:

2 ½ cup whole wheat flour

1 ½ cup oats

1 tbsp brown sugar (optional)

1 apple, cored and grated (leave peel on)

½ cup carrots, grated

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup vegetable oil

¼ to ½ cup water

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare your baking sheet.

2. In a bowl, mix the flour, oats, and brown sugar.

3. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and add in oil, water, and grated apples and carrots. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients bowl and mix thoroughly.

4. Roll out the dough and cut into desired shapes.

5. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until apple juices are soaked and biscuits are firm

6. Cool before storing in airtight containers or giving to your pooch.

Note: If you want more biscuits, use a small cookie cutter. As an option, you can use half almond flour and half all-purpose flour, then add 1 ½ tsp of flax seeds.

Cantaloupe

Aside from carrots, cantaloupes are a good source of beta carotene. If you have a senior dog suffering from cataracts or glaucoma, serving cantaloupe as munchies is beneficial to them. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin B6, an essential nutrient responsible for red blood cell and nervous system function. On hot days, this tasty snack can help prevent dehydration. 

What to Watch Out For

The cantaloupe’s tough skin is not safe for dogs as it can cause diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems. The high sugar content is not advisable for diabetic dogs as well. Too much cantaloupe can cause appetite loss, painful or distended belly, and lethargy. Always remove the rind and seeds before giving to your pup.

Cantaloupe Ice Cream for Dogs

Finally, here’s an ice cream recipe that won’t cause bloating, diarrhea, or vomiting in dogs. Not only is it safe for dogs with dairy allergy, it’s an ultra-refreshing treat for Fido after playing in the sun.

You’ll need:

2 cups of frozen ripe cantaloupe

2 tbsp unsweetened yoghurt

1. Remove the skin and seeds of the melon.

2. Dice the cantaloupe into bite-sized pieces and place them in the freezer for two to four hours or overnight.

3. The melon should be completely frozen before placing them in your food processor.4. Add 2 tbsp of unsweetened yoghurt. Blend until smooth. Add a little cool water to get the desired consistency.

Strawberry

Summer Fruit Strawberries are Safe For Dogs

When the weather is warm, you can be sure to find an abundance of strawberries in your backyard or at the farmer’s market. It’s a good thing you can share this yummy summer fruit with Fido! Strawberries contain omega-3, an essential fatty acid that strengthens their immune system and helps keep canine cancer at bay. Fresh fruits like strawberry can also help in slowing down aging.

What to Watch Out For

Although strawberries contain many essential nutrients, their high sugar content may make your dog sick if you give them too much of this sweet fruit snack. If you have strawberries at home, make sure that your pet doesn’t have easy access to them. Avoid giving your dogs canned strawberries as well. These usually contain artificial sweeteners and preservatives which are toxic for dogs.

Strawberry Banana Dog Treats

Looking for a crunchy homemade dog treat that your pet will love? This strawberry banana munchies is easy to make and makes a pawsome reward for your furry pal.

1 cup whole wheat flour

½ cup oats

1 ripe banana, mashed

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

5 to 6 strawberries, hulled and diced

1 egg, beaten well

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Grease your baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  2. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. You may need to add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until it comes together. Roll the dough to ¼ thickness. You may add more flour as needed.
  4. Use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes and place them on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the edges are brown and starting to crisp.
  6. Cool completely before placing them in an airtight container. You can also place them in a zip lock bag in the freezer.

Final Thoughts

The nine summer fruits we mentioned are generally safe for your furry pals. But it’s important that you consult your veterinarian before feeding them human food. Some dogs, for instance, have medical conditions that can take a turn for the worse if you feed them any of the fruits above. And even if your pup is perfectly healthy, all food and treats should always be in moderation to avoid any health issues.

Check our posts A Quick Guide to Feeding Fruits to Your Dogs and 15 Fruit Recipes Your Dogs Would Absolutely Love for more information on feeding fruits to your dogs.

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