Feeding dogs comes with a lot of responsibilities. While a regular diet for dogs is necessary, they should also experience some change in their food. You can try feeding them some exotic fruits and berries for a healthy and tasty eating experience. Now, the question arises: can Beagles eat strawberries?
Yes, Beagles can eat strawberries. Strawberries, in fact, are a healthy source of nutrients for Beagles. They are a good source of Vitamin C and fiber as well as, like all berries, strawberries have excellent antioxidants for the body.
Read ahead to find out more about the benefits of strawberries and how to feed strawberries to your Beagle.
Benefits of Strawberries for a Beagle
Other than their tangy and sweet taste, strawberries have many health benefits. As we said before, they are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. Like other berries, strawberries are also rich with antioxidants that will help cleanse your Beagle’s internal system.
Strawberries are also low on calories. Since dogs must not be fed extra sweet food items anyway, low-calorie fruits like strawberries can keep them away from the risk of diabetes and obesity. Strawberries contain natural sugars, which are okay for your Beagle to consume without any health risk.
Berries in general are very healthy for humans too. The nutrients and the antioxidants are also helpful in keeping heart diseases at a far risk. Thus, even dogs can benefit from strawberries. The rich fiber helps in maintaining your Beagle’s digestive system and regulates its bowel movements.
Safe ways to feed strawberries
When you decide to add strawberries to your Beagle’s diet, make sure you begin by giving very little portions. Do not give them a whole piece since you need to make sure that they do not have any allergic reaction first.
If their body doesn’t show any signs of discomfort or allergy, you can continue with giving chopped pieces of strawberries along with their meals. This way, your Beagle will get a properly balanced diet. Make sure that the strawberries are cleaned and washed before your dog eats them.
Sometimes your dog may refuse to eat strawberries. It may not like the taste or the texture of the fruit. If you still wish to feed strawberries to your Beagle, you can blend them into a puree and mix it up into the dog’s food. You can also mix the strawberries up with other fruits that your dog loves.
How to not feed strawberries to your Beagle
Never feed a whole strawberry to your Beagle. Especially if you are feeding it strawberries from a young age. Giving whole pieces may risk your Beagle into choking up on the strawberry. Thus, you should always either chop or blend the strawberries before feeding the dog.
Always feed natural strawberries to your Beagle. Do not go for any artificial substitute in the market, be it in the form of strawberry syrup or pureed strawberries. The artificial products may have chemicals that can affect your dog. So, you must always feed fresh and 100% real strawberries to your Beagle.
You can also cut up little pieces of strawberries and use them as treats for your Beagle. Again, the size of the treats must be small so that your dog does not choke upon them.
Ideal portion sizes
Calorie intake differs from dog to dog, just the way it differs for us humans. A dog’s metabolism as well as its energy plays a huge role in its diet. You should make sure that your dog gets regular exercise since strawberries do contain natural sugars, if not artificial ones.
Before you start feeding your Beagle strawberries, you should consult the vet. Though strawberries are safe for your dog to eat, there is no harm in consulting an expert at first. The vet will help you with the technical parts of your dog’s diet, and you will know the exact amount of portion you must feed it.
On an average, you can feed around 3-5 strawberries to an adult Beagle per day. However, it may differ with every dog’s capacity and metabolism.
Are all berries safe for Beagles?
Just like all the berries are not safe for us humans, they are not safe for animals either. These risky berries are supposed to be stayed away from, since your dog may develop a bad health reaction to the alcohol. A few berries that can prove to be dangerous to your Beagle are:
- Holly Berries
- Poke Berries
- Juniper Berries
Of course, strawberries are amazing for you and your dog’s health. However, there are more berries that are suitable for your Beagle to eat. Common ones like Blueberries and Blackberries are extremely healthy and tasty for both humans and dogs.
You can feed them to your dog just the way you feed strawberries: in small portions!
Beagles require a good amount of balanced diet. This does not require a lot of effort. Strawberries are a good addition to your dog’s diet as they will provide a lot of important nutrients and fiber. Antioxidants cleanse your dog’s internal organs, especially the liver.
Adding strawberries to your dog’s diet can be a very beneficial idea. However, you must consider the vet before introducing them to your dog. Once you get the approval, you are good to go!
We hope this dietary advice will prove to be helpful to your Beagle. Do share this valuable information with your friends and fellow Beagle owners!
Dr. Aram Baker has been with Santa Clarita Animal Hospital since 1995 and his special interests include behaviour medicine and dermatology. He graduated from the Cleveland Humanities Magnet Program in Reseda, CA and attended California State University at Northridge where he received a Bachelor’s degree in biology. He went on to pursue his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. He also spent time in the zoological medicine department at U.C. Davis during his Junior and Senior years. He is dedicated to caring for all pets big or small, young or old with compassion, patience, kindness, and love.