I was recently enjoying a bowl of my favorite fruit, and my pug seemed interested, so I thought to myself, “Can pugs eat strawberries?” As I wasn’t sure about the answer, I decided to do a bit of research.
So, can pugs eat strawberries?
Yes, pugs can definitely eat strawberries, and much like with humans, the fruit is actually very good for dogs.
However, you should only ever feed them in moderation, which is around 3-4 strawberries a week.
Feeding your pug too many strawberries can give them an upset stomach.
Along with finding out whether pugs can eat strawberries, I also looked at the best ways to prepare them, along with the health benefits for dogs.
All of this information is in this article, so read on to find out more.
Are Strawberries Good For Pugs?
When most of us think about what makes up a pug’s diet, not many people think about fruit.
After all, dogs are carnivores, right?
Dogs are actually omnivores, but fruit and vegetables should only make up a small portion of their diet.
Strawberries are one of the few fruits that are fine to give to pugs. Unlike citrus fruit, they’re not too acidic and so shouldn’t have any adverse effects on their digestion. That’s providing you only feed them in moderation.
Among other things, strawberries are high in iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, and vitamins B6, C, and E.
Much like for humans, these are all things that pugs need in their diet, although most good-quality dog foods will contain some levels of these essential nutrients.
Similarly, strawberries also contain fiber, which is something that pugs need in their diet, and their main source is vegetables.
While you shouldn’t rely on strawberries as a source of fiber in your pug’s diet, they definitely help things along.
Although it’s not necessarily needed in a pug’s diet, one of the most appealing things about strawberries is that they’re quite sweet.
Dogs don’t have many sources of sweet food in their diet, and any sweet treats are usually full of sugar and processed ingredients.
This is why strawberries make a good treat for your dog, as they’re high in essential nutrients, are nice and sweet, but aren’t high in calories or sugar.
My pug absolutely loves strawberries, and they make an excellent bribery tool if we need to do something he doesn’t want to do.
However, the key to feeding your pug strawberries is that it needs to be done in moderation.
If you’ve got a strawberry obsession like I do, then you’ll know the potential consequences of overeating on this delicious fruit. And this isn’t something you want to experience with a dog.
I’d recommend never feeding your pug more than 3-4 strawberries a week. While they can most definitely eat more than this, I’m not particularly interested in finding out what a pug’s threshold for soft fruits is before they have a stomach upset.
The absolute bottom line is that human food shouldn’t make up more than 10% of your pug’s total diet.
This includes everything you might feed them though, not just strawberries. I’d recommend not overdoing it on the soft fruit though because although they make a nice treat, dogs really aren’t designed to eat too much fruit.
What Is The Best Way To Prepare Strawberries For Pugs?
While you might be tempted just to feed it to your pug, I wouldn’t recommend it.
You might be happy to eat an unwashed strawberry, but pugs are small dogs, and so are more sensitive to even low concentrations of things like insecticide that might be on the fruit.
Preparing strawberries isn’t a difficult task.
Follow these steps to make sure they’re just right for your pug:
- Start by washing your strawberries. The best way to do this is to run them under a tap for at least 30 seconds in a colander or sieve.
- Leave them for around 30 minutes to drain properly. This will also allow the fruit to reach room temperature, which just makes them taste better.
- Next, trim the green tops off, just as you would if eating them yourself. These are of no benefit to anyone, so just throw them away.
- Finally, cut the strawberries up. This can either be as a fine dice or mashed with the back of a fork. Either way, make sure the pieces are nice and small so your dog can eat them easily.
- Offer the strawberries to your pug, but don’t mix them in with their food. You should remove any uneaten strawberries after an hour or so because they can spoil quickly once cut.
Realistically, preparing strawberries, whether for you or your pug, isn’t rocket science.
However, there are some other things you should bear in mind when preparing them for your pug, including:
- Always be sure to cut the strawberries up. Pugs have a habit of not chewing properly and could easily choke on a small whole strawberry.
- While the green tops aren’t poisonous to dogs, don’t let them eat them. Similarly, if you’re growing strawberries yourself then don’t let your pug eat the leaves because they can contain cyanide.
- It might seem over the top, but it’s always best to be there when feeding your pug fruit. This will help prevent any choking issues.
An alternative for preparing them is to freeze the strawberries and use them as cool treats on hot sunny days.
Also, you could turn them into dog-friendly cookies or treats, but I find my pug is more than happy just to eat strawberries as they are.
How To Safely Introduce Strawberries To Your Pug
When you’re introducing a new food into your pug’s diet, it’s always necessary to do it gradually.
A sudden change in diet can lead to a range of digestive issues, including constipation and diarrhea. This is especially true of strawberries.
The best thing to do when introducing strawberries into your pug’s diet is to start with a small piece of fruit.
Either offer it from your hand or put it in their food bowl. The second option is better for showing them that it’s food, as most pugs associate the contents of their bowl with food.
If your pug has never come across strawberries before then, they’ll probably be a bit cautious, to begin with, and there’ll likely be a lot of sniffing.
If they don’t eat the fruit straight away, then don’t be concerned. Just pick it up and try again later.
Your pug might not be interested in strawberries, or they might take a bit of time to try them.
Either is fine, just make sure you try a few times but don’t force it on them, as this won’t achieve anything.
Gradually introducing strawberries to their diet will help you monitor any adverse effects, such as allergic reactions or stomach upsets.
Allergic reactions aren’t common but do happen, and they can either come on almost instantly or after a few hours. For this reason, closely monitor your pug after the first time they try strawberries.
Common symptoms of allergy include itchy skin, vomiting, and diarrhea. While this is quite a generalization, it’s fair to say that your pug won’t just be allergic to strawberries.
If this is the case, you’ll probably already be aware of these allergies, and I probably wouldn’t even try to feed them strawberries.
When strawberries are out of season, can I feed my pug canned strawberries?
If you find that your pug develops a taste for strawberries, you might be wondering whether you can still feed them out of season.
Well yes, you can, but never use canned strawberries.
While the actual nutrition content of the fruit isn’t vastly different, the biggest problem is that strawberries are canned in syrup.
This is obviously high in sugar, which is exactly what pugs don’t need.
Not only will this wreak havoc with their teeth, but syrup will also be a major source of empty calories. Any pug owner will know how difficult it is to keep their weight down, so sugar water really isn’t what’s needed in their diet.
A good out of season alternative to canned strawberries is frozen fruit. If you decide to give your pug frozen strawberries, look for brands that are unprocessed; you just want washed and frozen fruit.
Some companies try and sneak a bit of extra sugar in there, which defeats the point of not using canned fruit.
Look for brands designed for smoothies, as these are usually pretty clean. Alternatively, if you grow your own strawberries, hold some back and freeze them!
Some Final Thoughts:
I was glad to find out that pugs can eat strawberries because it means that my dog can enjoy my favorite fruit with me.
However, always remember to feed in moderation and to introduce it into their diets slowly. This will help you to avoid any potential stomach problems!