Fruits and Veggies for Dogs: What is Safe? What is Dangerous?


By Lori Taylor

Can dogs eat apples? What about watermelon, potatoes, or grapes? We’re breaking down safe and unsafe fruits and vegetables for dogs…

We are MAJOR dog lovers around here! If you’re anything like us, you often feel sorry for your cute pooch when you see him eating the exact same meal, day after day.

How can they possibly live their whole life content with the same old dog food without experiencing the unlimited and delicious options that human food has to offer?

Most dogs will eat any food they can get their mouths on. But before you give your dog free access to the refrigerator, be sure to familiarize yourself with foods that are both safe and dangerous to your furry friend. Dogs’ bodies react much differently than ours do to the food they consume, so please play it safe!

To help you out, we looked into which fruits and vegetables are safe for dogs. There are many that are safe, even healthy, for dogs to eat in small quantities.

*Please note that even if a fruit or vegetable is safe for dogs to eat, it is not recommended that fruits and vegetables are a regular part of your dog’s diet. Only feed them safe fruits and vegetables in small amounts. Dog food was invented for a reason!

It is also recommended that you speak to your veterinarian before introducing any new foods into your dog’s diet.

Dog-Safe Fruits and Vegetables

Safe Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs

Apples: Apple slices in small amounts are a safe option. Be sure to remove all seeds before feeding it to the dog. Dogs love these homemade Apple and Pumpkin Dog Treats.

Bananas: Small pieces of banana are safe to feed your dog. Be sure they do not ingest the banana peel, however. Try making these Banana and Pumpkin Dog Treats for your pup.

Blackberries: Blackberries offer safe nutritional benefits to your dog, such as antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins! Whip up these Gluten-Free Blackberry and Almond Flour Dog Treats.

Blueberries: Just as blueberries are a “superfood” to humans, they also provide nutritional benefits to dogs. Your pup will go wild for these Blueberry and Banana Pupsicles.

Broccoli: Broccoli is safe for dogs in very small amounts. It is not recommended to feed them broccoli regularly, as it can lead to intestinal issues in some rare cases.

Carrots: Carrot sticks and baby carrots are safe for dogs, as long as the green leaves are removed. These Grain-Free Carrot and Spinach Dog Treats are a great option for your treat-loving dog.

Cauliflower: Cauliflower is safe to feed your dog in small amounts. Feeding your dog cauliflower on a regular basis is not recommended, however.

Cucumber: Cucumber slices or chunks are safe for dogs, but try to limit the amount of cucumber skin/peel they ingest.

Green Beans: Green beans are safe for dogs, as long as they have been washed and are not eaten straight from the garden in the backyard!

Oranges: Oranges are safe for a dog as long as the peel and seeds have been removed.

Peas: Peas are jam packed with nutritional value for humans, and offer small amounts of value to dogs. It is not recommended to regularly feed your dog peas, but it is safe in small amounts.

Potatoes: Small amounts of baked potato are safe for dogs. Make sure the potato is cooked in some fashion, not fed to them raw.

Strawberries: Strawberries contain safe antioxidants and Vitamin C for your dog, as well as an enzyme that helps whiten their teeth!

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are safe for dogs and are a common ingredient found in dog food. Try making these sweet potato treats for your pooch:

Watermelon: Seedless watermelon is safe for dogs in small amounts. Both the white and black seeds are not easily digested, so be sure to remove all seeds. Do not allow the dog to eat the watermelon rind, either. Here are 4 simple watermelon dog treats you can give your furry friend.

Zucchini: Small amounts of zucchini slices or chunks are perfectly safe for your pooch. However, try to limit the intake of zucchini skin/peel.


Dangerous or Toxic Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs

Avocados: Avocados contain a substance called persin. Persin is harmless to humans who aren’t allergic but may be toxic to dogs in large amounts.

Garlic: Garlic is extremely dangerous to dogs, in all forms – cooked, raw, or powdered. It can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food and trouble breathing.

Grapes: Grapes (and raisins) can cause kidney failure in dogs, even in small amounts. You should notice signs within one day, including repeated vomiting, or becoming lethargic and depressed.

Onions: Onions are very dangerous to dogs, in all forms – cooked, raw, powdered, or dehydrated. It can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food and trouble breathing.

Peaches and Plums: The main danger in peaches and plums is the pit of the fruit. The pit contains cyanide, which is poisonous to both dogs and humans. Pits can also cause obstruction in the intestines if swallowed.

Raisins: see “Grapes”

Macadamia Nuts: Macadamia nuts are one of the worst things your dog could consume. Eating as little as six nuts can lead to muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and a rapid heart rate, which can turn fatal. Get your dog to a veterinarian immediately if they consume macadamia nuts.

Dog-Safe Fruits and Vegetables

We hope this list helps keep your dog safe and happy! Let us know your pups favorite fruit or veggie in the comments below.

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Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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37 responses to “Fruits and Veggies for Dogs: What is Safe? What is Dangerous?

    1. Good things to know i gave my dog an apple and my mom said no and researched it and it was fine and gave him just a little

    2. Thank you for this information. I would not want to feed my little chihuahua Peppi anything that may harm him.

  1. My Afghan hound ate 13 avocados I left on the kitchen table (naughty) a couple of years ago but nothing happened, well, except one day stomach issues as you might expect. So I’m not sure if avocado was actually that bad for him. He even had good manners, I only found all 13 bones and its peels very clean, no idea how he managed that! 🙂

  2. If garlic “is extremely dangerous to dogs, in all forms – cooked, raw, or powdered” then why is it in Brewer’s yeast, a widely used and recommended supplement for dogs?

    1. My thoughts exactly. Brewers claims it is good for the coat, etc., and all that. I have been waiting for an answer to that one also.

  3. My two dogs love carrot and cucumber. When I’m making my sandwiches they’re always loitering around waiting for their daily treat of them!

  4. Great read! I have just one question. I’ve never encountered a watermelon with a core. Am I shopping @ the wrong markets?

  5. What about pears? I have an 8 month old maltepoo and she seems to love everything and anything but I barely started looking into what produce I can treat her with.

    1. I feed my dogs Avoderm dog food. It is an excellent limited ingredient food and one of the ingredients is Avocado (hence the name Avoderm). My dog does well on this food. Beautiful coat, healthy and was recommended by my vet. I wonder why it is manufactured as an ingredient in dog food if it is on the do not feed list?

    1. I feed my dogs fresh garlic daily for flea and tick control. The information on garlic is outdated and should be removed

  6. ‘Dog food was invented for a reason, you know!’

    Yes ! For companies to make a profit! Dogs never used to walk into a store and buy a tin of food for dinner.

  7. My dogs have been eating about 8 whole apples a day each lately as my fruit trees have dropped an unusually large amount of fruit this year. They seem fine. No diarrhoea. But about 8 poos a day each to pick up. Bleh.

  8. “Only feed them safe fruits and vegetables in small amounts. Dog food was invented for a reason, you know!” ??? What do you think dog food is made out of???

  9. Thankyou for this i have recently found out my dog loves cauliflower just wanted to makesure he was safe to eat it.

    1. Pumpkin is also something dogs can have in moderation. If you have specific questions about your dog’s diet, we recommend asking your vet.

  10. Good article! I’d also like to mention that unripe tomatoes are also toxic to dogs (their leaves too). This is the issue because tomato (along with potato) is the most-grown plant worldwide.

    If ingested, the dog’s mouth should instantly be rinsed from any tomato parts (including its leaves, very important) and the dog should be taken to a vet as soon as possible. Diarrhea and vomiting are a few of the symptoms, but there are many more. Veterinarian will most likely induce vomiting to the dog and give him/her active charcoal (to decrease toxicity).


  11. Insanely comprehensive 🙂

    Thank you so much,
    Now I have something to read during the holidays. This will take a while but well worth it like always
    You can read another one here petreviewz

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