Strawberries and dogs: the benefits of this delicious superfood

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Looking for a delicious and healthy snack for your best doggie friend? Try the strawberries. Your puppy will thank you.

Strawberries are nutritious. Rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and fiber, they can help reduce inflammation and cognitive aging in dogs. Rich in omega-3s, strawberries can make your puppy’s coat shiny and their skin healthy. Loaded with fiber, they can also help aid your dog’s digestion. Strawberries even have a special enzyme which helps whiten your boyfriend’s teeth.

How To Safely Feed Your Puppy Strawberry Treats

Strawberries contain sugar, so a little goes a long way. Eating too many strawberries can cause your dog to have diarrhea or upset stomach. One strawberry per day for small dogs, 3-4 for medium dogs, and a maximum of 5 strawberries for large dogs are commonly suggested serving recommendations. Allergic reactions to strawberries are not common but can occur. As always, it’s safest to check with your vet first.

According to the American Kennel Club, it’s best to wash strawberries thoroughly first. Remove the tops, stems and leaves. Then cut the fruit into bite-sized pieces to prevent suffocation and aid digestion. Strawberries can also be mashed and added to your dog’s food. The frozen pieces can be saved to use later for tasty treats or even training incentives. To be on the safe side, do not feed your dog canned or processed strawberries or products with artificial strawberry flavors. They could be dangerous for your pet’s health.

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When to buy strawberries for your pet? Whenever!

California and Florida are the top two strawberry producing states in the United States, but strawberries are grown in all states of the United States and all provinces of Canada. They are available and delicious year round and can be found in most grocery stores.

Strawberries are also one of the most cultivated fruits available at local farmer’s markets. If you have a green thumb, nothing better than growing your own strawberries year round in indoor containers or planting them outside in warm weather. However, don’t allow your dog free access to your strawberry rack. Remember that too many strawberries can be harmful.

Strawberry folklore

Dogs aren’t the only ones who love strawberries. Elves do it too!

In bavaria folklore, some peasants tied small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to the elves in the spring. They believe the elves will help produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return. Maybe after treating your dog with strawberries, you should leave a few more for the elves.

Strawberry Baths, Anyone?

During Napoleon’s time Madame Tallien was a popular court figure who became famous for bathing in strawberry juice. She is said to have used 22 pounds of strawberries per tub. Today, using strawberry shampoo for dogs would be much easier, and several brands are available on the market.

Show love to your dog

Due to its heart shape and red color, a strawberry symbolizes Venus, the goddess of love. According to legend, if you break a double strawberry in half and share it with someone else, you will fall in love with each other. Share a strawberry with your best doggie friend and enjoy the love!

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