3 Homemade Fruit Treats for Dogs

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In today’s world, with endless information available on the internet, DIY has never been easier! We can learn recipes to make everything from delicious oven-baked bread to high-end beauty products. 

In this article, you’ll be adding 3 homemade fruit treats for dogs to the list of fun and easy DIY recipes!


Which Fruits are Toxic for Dogs? 

Making your own fruit treats for dogs can raise some serious questions. The most important of these questions is, “Are these ingredients safe for my dog to eat?” There are plenty of dangerous foods for your dog out there. Here are some that should be avoided:

Avocado

The skin, leaves, pit, and even the fruit of avocado contain a toxin called persin. While persin is totally safe for humans, it can induce vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. What humans consider a favorite healthy snack can be quite dangerous for our furry companions! It is best to keep all parts of avocado away from your dog and out of homemade fruit dog treats.

Cherries

The skin and stems of cherries contain cyanide. This can cause an upset stomach in dogs even if a small amount is ingested. One or two cherries can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Even if a small amount is ingested, you should watch for more serious issues. Symptoms can include dilated pupils and red gums and can be a precursor for dogs going into shock. 

Dogs can even die from cyanide poisoning. The pits can also lead to intestinal issues like blockages. To remove them from your dog’s digestive system can sometimes require surgery. Even maraschino cherries contain too much sugar to be good for dogs. Your best bet is to keep cherries out of homemade fruit dog treats altogether.

Grapes

Although the specifically poisonous component of grapes is still being researched, they are consistently proven to be dangerous for dogs. Even in very small quantities grapes have been known to cause acute kidney failure.

Symptoms can come on suddenly and include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Lack of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Vomiting

These symptoms can lead to death. Even raisins are dangerous for dogs. Grapes in all forms are a NO in homemade dog treats.

Tomatoes

The ripe, red fruit of tomatoes is not considered dangerous to dogs. However, the leaves and stems contain solanine which is toxic to dogs in large quantities. Baby green tomatoes contain more of this toxin and it affects dogs in different levels of extremity.

Aside from the normal upset stomach, some dogs suffer from muscle weakness, tremors, and seizures. Dogs of different sizes can feel the effects on different levels. Putting ripe tomatoes in homemade treats may be safe for some dogs, but why risk it? Leaving them out of homemade fruit dog treats is a much safer option.

There are many other harmful fruits and vegetables for our dogs. It is best to do your research and consult with a veterinarian before feeding your dog anything you are unsure of. Here are 3 homemade fruit treats for dogs that are totally safe AND healthy! They are fun and easy to make, and can even be enjoyed by humans!


 3 Homemade Fruit Treats for Dogs

Frozen Apple Fruit Dog Treat

To make these homemade fruit treats for your dog, you will need the following:

  • 2 apples
  • 1 C Greek yogurt
  • Ice tray
  • Blender or food processor

Step 1

Slice the apples and remove the cores. This includes all seeds and stems. Dice the apple into chunks. Blend the apples and Greek yogurt in a blender or food processor until you reach your desired consistency.

Step 2

Add water if needed. Fill the ice tray and place it in the freezer. Once frozen, this homemade fruit treat is ready for your dog to enjoy!

Fun facts about this recipe: Apples provide a good source of Vitamin A and C for your dog. Yogurt is a probiotic. Just like in humans, it will help keep your pup’s gut healthy! You can use full fat or low-fat yogurt depending on your dog’s dietary needs.


Frozen Watermelon Fruit Dog Treat

For this homemade fruit treat for your dog you will need:

  • Watermelon (deseeded or seedless)
  • Coconut milk
  • Honey
  • Ice tray
  • Blender or food processor

Step 1

Deseed the watermelon if it contains seeds. Cut it into chunks and puree with honey and coconut milk.

Step 2

Pour the mixture into your ice tray and place it in the freezer. Once it is frozen, this tasty homemade fruit dog treat might be one you both can enjoy!

Fun facts about this recipe: These ingredients contain high amounts of Vitamins A, B6, and C. Watermelon is also high in fiber which is great for your dog’s digestion. Honey and coconut milk are high in nutritional value and low in unhealthy fats and sugars.


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Banana Bites Fruit Dog Treat

This homemade fruit treat for dogs will require these supplies:

  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  • Muffin pan
  • Blender or food processor

Step 1

Deseed the watermelon if it contains seeds. Puree it until smooth. You will need about 1.5 cups once it is pureed.

Step 2

Process the pineapple in the blender as well. It should make about 1 cup of pineapple puree. Mix the blended fruit together.

Step 3

Slice the bananas until you have 24 pieces. Place one slice of banana into each muffin cup. Then top the banana slices with the blended pineapple and watermelon.

Step 4

Place the muffin tin in your freezer until the mixture is solid.

*Fun facts about this recipe: Watermelon is high in fiber and Vitamins A, B6, and C. Pineapple also has a high amount of Vitamin C as well as manganese and fiber. Bananas are filled with goodness including Vitamins C and B6, manganese, potassium, biotin, copper, and fiber.


Fun and Fruity Dog Treats

As dog owners, we are constantly bombarded with what is safe and healthy for our pets. Even store-bought dog treats contain ingredients we are told can be dangerous. Doing your research and consulting with your vet is the best way to keep your dog away from dangerous ingredients. 

With these 3 homemade fruit treats for dogs, you know exactly what you are giving your pup. The ingredients are clean, safe, and healthy. You will feel good about feeding them to your dog, and your dog will enjoy eating them!


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Meet The Author 

Nicole DeVault author of 3 Homemade fruit treats for dogs
Nicole DeVault

Nicole is a professional dog trainer who has been in the business for about 5 years. She has two dogs of her own. Milli is a ten-year-old Beagle with plenty of sass to go around, and Axel is her three-year-old Pit bull who has more energy than anyone knows what to do with. Both of her dogs are rescues who came to her with their own set of issues. Working with troubled dogs is where her passion for dog training started. She has grown to learn that teaching people how to communicate with their fur babies allows them to enjoy happy and stress-free lives together.


Working through a multitude of different dog problems has allowed Nicole to become very knowledgeable of the best products out there: collars, leashes, toys, treats, beds, crates, and even hiking, camping, and boating gear for pups with a more “extreme” lifestyle. Nicole is always learning and growing, so she can find what is best for her dogs and yours!
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