Fruit Smoothies for your Dog

As a population, we love our fruit smoothies, no matter the temperatures outside. Do you wonder if your dog can have one too?  

The American Kennel Club and the ASPCA say, “Yes!” to some fruits, as long as they are fresh, frozen or canned in natural juices. Many fruits – especially watermelon and cucumber – are loaded with water, electrolytes and vitamins for a fast pickup after a hot run.  

When using larger fruits that have a peel, serve only the pulp, or you can buy them already cored and chunked. Cut the bigger fruits into tiny, easy-to-chew pieces that won’t get caught in his throat. The skins, core and seeds are often dangerous or indigestible. That includes watermelon seeds. You’ll have to pick the seeds out before serving. 

Fruits are rich with fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. However, they have a high sugar content, so serve them in small amounts. Safe fruits they suggest for dogs are: 

  • Banana, Cantaloupe, Mango, Pineapple 
  • Watermelon, Kiwi, Cucumbers
  • Blueberries, Strawberry, Cranberries
  • Pumpkin

Pumpkin is the natural go-to for an upset stomach for dogs. It’s soothing, yet it has some fiber. Use the pulp only, or 100% pumpkin puree. 

Examples of some fruity dog treats:

  • Quick Snack: A little bowl of small frozen fruit chunks from the list above.
  • Dog Smoothie: Blend a handful of fruit(s) from the list plus some chipped ice and unsweetened almond milk. 
  • Cube Treats: Mix fruit with meat or veggie bits and bone broth or unsweetened yogurt, and freeze into ice cubes. This one might be best served outside.
  • Cooling Water: Add chunks of cucumber to the water bowl for a refreshing taste.
  • With Dinner: Cranberries, kiwi or bananas can be flavorfully mixed into poultry or fish meals. 

Please be careful not to use any artificially sweetened milk or yogurt. Xylitol is often a hidden ingredient in artificial sweeteners, and it is deadly to pets. Also, if you are unsure about a certain fruit, check the ASPCA Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants list, or use the search box at the top of any ASPCA page. 

Sharing refreshing fruit snacks is a healthy way to spend time together and keep your pal cool during these hot summer days.

Heron’s Crossing provides end-of-life care for pets in the Metro Atlanta area. In-home appointments with compassionate vets are available. If you’d prefer a home-like setting away from your home, our Decatur office is also available by appointment.