Kiwi is a delicious and nutritious fruit that many people love to eat. It contains a lot of nutrients that are great for our human bodies.
Kiwi has nutritious components such as vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, and potassium. And it packs a lot of flavor. What’s not to love?
The big question is, however, is it also safe for dogs to eat kiwi? Is this fruit nutritional for them just like it is for us? Or is it not good for them and may actually do more harm to their health than good?
Here in this article, we will answer that question, can dogs eat kiwi?
Can Dogs Eat Kiwi?
The answer to that is yes, kiwis are safe for our dogs to eat. But there are some things you should know first.
Before you feed your dog a kiwi, it is important to peel the fruit first and remove its seeds. Feeding your dog large amounts of kiwi seeds may prove to be toxic to their health.
And before you feed them this fruit, then it is best you give them small amounts first to know whether they are allergic to it or not. Especially if this is your first time giving your dogs kiwi.
Dogs and Kiwi
It’s also important not to feed your dogs a whole size kiwi, especially for people with dogs of larger breeds. This may cause your dog to choke. Instead, slice the fruit into small sizes and give it to them like they are treats.
Also giving it in large amounts may cause a gastrointestinal upset, most especially if it is the first time.
Now here are some tips on how to feed dogs kiwi.
- Introduce kiwi to your dogs in small amounts
- Wash the kiwi first before feeding them to your dog
- Remove the skin and seeds
- Remove both hard ends of the fruit to prevent choking
- Freeze your kiwi fruit slices during hot summer days
Nutritional Benefits of Kiwi
Now, let us talk about the nutrients that can be found in a kiwi. There’s a lot of goodness packed in these small packages.
Vitamins K and C can strengthen the immune system and prevent blood from clotting. Aside from that, this fruit is also rich in Vitamin E, folate, potassium, and fiber. The fiber promotes good digestion and the fruit itself is low on calories which means they are not fattening.
Lastly, kiwis also contain Bromelain. Bromelain can help in breaking down proteins and heal inflammation.
So, yes, go ahead and share a kiwi with your dog (so long as you follow the tips above to keep your doggo safe). It will be a yummy, nutritious snack for both of you!
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This article is part of our special series of articles about “What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?”
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