Can dogs eat fruit?

Some types of fruit are an occasional delicious addition to your dog's diet. However, there are some that you need to be careful of because they are poisonous.

We've compiled a list of common fruits and explained why they are toxic for your dog or not. There are some, like apricots, that contain cyanide. Others, like bananas, are safe apart from being high in sugar.

The biggest problem with lots of fruit is the potential for choking or an intestinal blockage. Often, this happens because the seeds/stone or big chunks of fruit gets stuck in your dog's digestive tract.

Like with all human foods, always be careful when feeding your dog something new. Even the safest foods can trigger an allergic reaction. If you're concerned with any of your dog's symptoms, please contact your vet as soon as possible.

To make it easier for you, we created videos and a free handout. They follow a colour-coded system to highlight the food's toxicity to dogs.

Avoid any food with a red cross next to it. An orange tick means that small amounts of this ingredient, infrequently, won't cause many/severe symptoms.
A green tick indicates that this food is generally safe for dogs to eat. However, even these products can cause stomach upset or health problems if consumed too regularly or in large amounts.