In an earlier post, we discussed how bananas are safe for Rottweilers and are in fact a good source of fiber and other important nutrients. So, now it may have you wondering about other fruits, and whether they’re safe. How about strawberries, for example?
You’ll be pleased to know that strawberries are safe for your Rottweiler to eat. They’re a delicious, refreshing treat, especially in the summertime. It won’t come as a surprise, though, to hear that they should always be fed to your dog in moderation, like all treats in life.
Strawberries: The Natural and Versatile Treat
When asked to picture a dog treat in our heads, we’d almost always think of a meaty treat, usually found on the pet food aisle and tossed into our shopping cart at the store.
Instead of heading for processed treats, though, it’s a much better idea to go for the fresh fruit and vegetable section.
There are hundreds of different fresh foods to feed your Rottweiler and not only are they kinder on the pocket, but they’re also much better for your dog’s health.
Strawberries aren’t just delicious, but they’re packed with nutrients. Like bananas, strawberries contain fiber and vitamin C. Not only that, but they contain a little-known enzyme that actually helps to keep your dog’s teeth white as they eat them.
As they’re full of water, feeding your Rottweiler strawberries can be a way to refresh them on a hot day, especially if you’re worried about their hydration levels.
In addition, strawberries contain Omega 3, which is a polyunsaturated fat that lowers heart inflammation and reduces the build-up of plaque in the blood vessels. At the same time, Omega 3 helps give your Rottweiler’s coat a healthy shine.
There’s a lot packed into this tiny little superfood! They can be cut up and fed in pieces to your Rottweiler, or frozen for a later date, perhaps for when you go on a hike with your best pal by your side.
You can even slice them up and add them to your Rottweiler’s food – top restaurants serve lamb with a berry jus, so why not add some fresh strawberry as a vitamin-packed accompaniment to your Rottie’s raw meat diet?
Don’t Overdo It!
Sadly, like all the good things in life, strawberries should be enjoyed by your Rottweiler in moderation. It seems that life is just cruel like that at times.
Don’t make strawberries a daily thing; instead, they should be given as a treat once or twice a week at the most.
Their sweetness is due to natural sugars, so it’s important that you monitor your Rottweiler’s strawberry intake.
Dogs should never be fed the sweet, processed candy humans enjoy but even fruit contains enough sugar to be unhealthy for a dog.
Rottweilers in particular are prone to putting on weight easily so if you have a Rottweiler who’s tipping the scales a little too much, then remove strawberries from their diet altogether. Strawberries should only be served as a treat if your Rottweiler is of a healthy weight.
You should never give your Rottweiler strawberries if they have diabetes. Despite the fact that fruit may seem a healthier option, it still contains too much sugar (albeit natural sugar) and can cause serious health problems for your pet.
How to Feed Strawberries to Your Rottweiler
You’re the dog’s owner, and you know how to feed it, of course, but there are certain things to remember when it comes to feeding strawberries to a Rottweiler.
First, the fruit must be thoroughly washed to remove any bugs, bacteria or pesticides. The best strawberries to feed your Rottweiler are organic ones but regular, non-organic strawberries will do if they’re washed well.
Cut off any leaves or stems as these are harder to digest for dogs, so be sure to only feed the red, fleshy fruit.
Rottweilers can demolish a raw lamb’s leg but it’s still possible for them to choke on something as small as a strawberry.
Slice the fruit into pieces before feeding them one at a time to your dog or placing them in a bowl so they can enjoy them at their leisure.
Don’t be surprised if your Rottweiler doesn’t eat the strawberry straight away the first time they’re introduced to the fruit.
New foods with unusual textures are always treated with caution by dogs and your Rottweiler may want to sniff, lick or even carry the strawberry around in their mouth for a while before eating it.
Or they may simply gobble it down with gusto. You never know!
Only Feed Fresh or Frozen Strawberries to Your Rottweiler
You might think that if they can eat fresh strawberries, your Rottweiler will have no problem with other ways of packaging or presenting the fruit.
However, canned and dried strawberries or store-bought strawberry purees will contain far too much sugar for your dog.
Strawberries are meant to be eaten fresh and when they’re preserved for a long time, such as in a can, preservatives that are high in sugar content are added.
So, stick to fresh fruit only! Freezing fresh strawberries for another time is also acceptable, as long as they come out of the freezer the way they went in.
Can Dogs Be Allergic to Strawberries?
Yes, your Rottweiler may be allergic to strawberries. That’s why, if they have a tendency to eat anything that’s put in front of them, you should always be in control the first time they eat anything new.
Allergies to strawberries in dogs and other mammals are rare. However, they’re not totally unheard of.
If you notice any of the following symptoms when your Rottweiler eats a strawberry, do not feed them any more pieces and get them to a vet immediately:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swollen face or throat
- Hives or a rash
Even though strawberries may not cause an allergic reaction, a Rottweiler’s stomach is still sensitive, so you may notice that they have diarrhea or gas after eating strawberries. If this is the case, it’s not necessarily worth a trip to the vet, but don’t feed them any more fruit.
What About Other Berries?
If your Rottweiler loves strawberries and handles them well, then you’ll both be pleased to hear that there are lots of other berries they can eat!
Safe berries for Rottweilers include:
- Raspberries – high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, but also contain xylitol so should be fed even less often than strawberries
- Blueberries – high in fiber and antioxidants, and promote a healthy immune system while being low in calorific value
- Blackberries – low in sugar but also contain xylitol so like raspberries, only one or two to be fed on rare occasions
- Cranberries – packed full of vitamin C but can be sour tasting, so dogs tend to avoid the out of choice.
Not All Berries are Good
Some berries are poisonous to dogs and you should never allow your Rottweiler to eat them.
- Juniper berries
- Mistletoe berries
- Holly berries
Any other berry that you meet on your walks in the forest should also be avoided as there’s no knowing what kind of berry it might be.
If you’re in any doubt about whether your dog can eat a certain kind of berry, ask your vet.