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Fruits can be a very beneficial food both for human consumption and for our dogs, as well as being very useful for different recipes. It could be said that kiwi is one of those "fashionable " fruits today because it presents a lots of benefits, as well as preventing us from some diseases. There are several recipes recommended for our pets today that include fresh fruits, however, we must be very careful with the type of fruit that we intend to include in our dog's diet, and many of us will wonder… ¿It's good for my dog to eat kiwi?
Continue reading this AnimalWised article and you will find out if dogs can eat kiwi, as well as the benefits of this fruit for your pet.You may also be interested: Can dogs eat nuts? Index
- Is kiwi good for dogs?
- Properties and benefits of kiwi for dogs
- Amount of Kiwi for Dogs - Recommended Dosage
- Kiwi contraindications for dogs
- Other fruits that dogs can eat
Is kiwi good for dogs?
If you wonder if dogs can eat kiwi, the answer is yes, dogs can eat kiwi, like other types of fruits and vegetables, but always with care, as we will see below. In fact, various animal associations and organizations have shown that kiwi is not a bad food for dogs, that is, it is not toxic to our pets..
This means that, although the benefits of kiwi for dogs are not as many as for humans, kiwi is suitable for canine consumption. However, it is not advisable that the diet of our furry is based solely on kiwi or other types of fruits and vegetables, but should be taken only as a reward, for example, for positive reinforcement in dogs.
Properties and benefits of kiwi for dogs
Kiwis are essential in our diet, as they provide a much higher supply of vitamin C than other citrus fruits, as well as a supply of fiber and potassium. In dogs, despite not being so beneficial, they can have positive effects. In the event that our furry has any food shortage, it is a very good idea to introduce a small portion of this fruit into your diet. These are the main benefits of kiwis for dogs:
- Improves digestion: thanks to the fiber it contains, a piece of kiwi in the diet can improve digestion and assimilation of nutrients, facilitating their progress through the intestinal tract. Fiber passes through the intestine undigested, helping ailments such as constipation and maintaining the microflora of the colon.
- Reduce the cholesterol: In addition, an extra intake of fiber in the diet reduces cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, and facilitates the elimination of toxins. Regardless, these benefits can be more easily obtained with other high-fiber foods such as rice, wheat bran, apples, or various vegetables such as pumpkin..
- Antioxidant effect: kiwi can protect against oxidative damage, mainly due to vitamin C, which despite not being essential in your diet, can reduce inflammation and degenerative and cognitive disorders.
- Improves mobility: it also has potassium, necessary for the functioning of muscles, nerves and enzymes. It is usually present in food in the form of potassium chloride, however, some tutors prefer to supply it from a more natural source, through foods such as kiwi or banana..
Like other foods, kiwi must be introduced carefully into the dog's diet, since its nutritional requirements are 6% of the dry weight of its daily diet.
If you want to know other fruits suitable for dogs, you can consult this other article by AnimalWised about Fruits and vegetables recommended for dogs.
Amount of Kiwi for Dogs - Recommended Dosage
We must remember that dogs, despite being a very domesticated species in terms of their diet, are mainly carnivores, so an excess of vegetables and fruits is never recommended. Of course, you should never give a whole kiwi to your pet, nor do it regularly, especially if it is small or a puppy, as it could choke very easily. It is essential that you cut it in small pieces so you can ingest it without problem.
When we introduce any food in our dog's diet, it is essential that let's do it gradually, So it is best to give it a piece the first day to see how it reacts to food, as it might not like it. Later, we can increase the dose, until we provide one slice of kiwi at most. Once our dog has gotten used to the taste and texture of kiwi, the best way to do it is by mixing these pieces with their food, always in small doses and very sporadically, since giving it to them for long periods of time can lead to problems.
For a more positive effect on the health of our furry, in addition to rewarding it with fruits such as kiwi, we encourage you to try natural feed. For this reason, we leave you this other article about The best natural feed for dogs..
Kiwi contraindications for dogs
Despite its benefits, kiwi should be considered exclusively a temporary supplement and never a substitute for your pet's regular diet. As for any other supplement, we must consult our vet before introducing it into your diet, in order to avoid any associated problems:
- Sensitive stomach: we must avoid giving our dog kiwi, especially if it belongs to a breed with a sensitive stomach, such as the border collie.
- Avoid kiwi skin: Although the skin of the kiwi can be digested, it is not advisable to give the kiwi with the skin, as it could choke on it.
- The kiwi must be ripe: we should always make sure that the kiwi is ripe, because if it is too acidic or hard, you may not like it.
- Fair amount of kiwi: a large amount of kiwi can lead to an excess of fiber in our pet's diet, which can lead to intestinal discomfort or diarrhea.
¿Dogs need to eat kiwi?
The answer is no. Although vitamin C is very beneficial, it is not necessary. Unlike us, dogs can produce their own vitamin C in the metabolism, so no veterinarian usually considers it an essential supplement, unless it is prescribed for the recovery of some disorder. Excess vitamin C in dogs can lead to the formation of kidney stones, in addition to being harmful in the case of supplying it with other medications, or if our dog has had a kidney-related ailment recently.
Like vitamin C, excess potassium can also be harmful, causing hyperkalemia (excess potassium in the blood). Potassium, due to its action on the nerve connections of the myocardium (heart muscle) can give arrhythmia problems or kidney problems when trying to be eliminated from the body by its excess. In case you observe any symptoms associated with these or other ailments in your pet, you should immediately contact your veterinarian.
On the other hand, it is important to mention that there are also some fruits that dogs cannot eat, as we discussed in this other article about Fruits and vegetables forbidden for dogs..
Other fruits that dogs can eat
If, in addition to kiwi, you wonder what fruits a dog can eat, you may be interested in one of these AnimalWised articles:
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- ¿Dogs can eat tangerine or orange?
- ¿Dogs can eat watermelon?
- ¿Dogs can eat pineapple?
- ¿Dogs can eat mango?
- ¿Dogs can eat banana?
- ¿Dogs can eat apple?
- ¿Dogs can eat melon?
- ¿Dogs can eat pear?
- ¿Avocado is bad for dogs?
- ¿Dogs can eat potatoes?