Before giving your Dachshund handfuls of delicious fruit, you should know whether it’s safe for dogs or not. It turns out, there are many fruits which dogs should avoid, with some being toxic for them.
This article contains a list of 15 of the most common fruits that your Dachshund CAN eat, and as well as the fruits your Dachshund CANNOT eat.
15 Fruits Your Dachshund Can Eat
Let’s run through 15 common fruits that your Dachshund CAN safely eat.
Please note: some parts of certain fruit like the skin, pit, core, and seeds may need to be removed. I will clearly label this if it’s something you need to know.
You should also test the fruit in a very small amount with your Dachshund first. Even though they are safe for dogs, your Dachshund may have his own personal intolerance to something.
1. Bananas (no skin)
Dachshunds can eat bananas, just be sure to remove the skin. Bananas are a great source of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and fiber. Bananas can be given as they for a quick and simple treat. Due to the high sugar content, don’t give more than one per day.
Strawberries are another safe fruit that Dachshunds can eat. Strawberries contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Just be sure to skip the cream! Two or three strawberries in one go are more than enough for your Dachshund.
A little more uncommon, but still an excellent choice, raspberries are perfectly safe for your Dachshund to eat. They can sometimes be fairly bitter depending on when they were picked, so your Dachshund may not enjoy them unless sweet.
Blueberries are considered one of the healthiest berries as they contain a very high amount of vitamin K, vitamin C, and Manganese. Most dogs love blueberries and can be a great addition to their kibble or treat recipes. A small handful is plenty for one sitting.
Blackberries are also one of the healthiest berries, but like raspberries, can be quite bitter or sharp depending on when picked. Your dachshund will probably prefer blackberries mixed into treats, rather than given alone.
6. Kiwi (no skin)
Dachshunds can safely eat kiwis, just remove the skin properly beforehand. Kiwis are great at aiding digestion so this could help those that have sensitive stomachs. But like always, be sure to test fruits in small amounts first. If the kiwi is sharp or bitter your Dachshund will probably leave it.
7. Apples (no core, pips)
Apples are one of the most common fruits we have at home and fortunately, your Dachshund can eat apples too! But the core and pips must be removed. Skin can be left but it’s preferably if that’s peeled off too. Apples are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber.
8. Watermelon (no seeds)
Dachshund can safely eat watermelon as long as the outside rind and the seeds are removed first. Watermelon is over 90% water so it can act as an excellent treat in summer.
9. Pineapple (no skin or brown bits)
Pineapple is safe for Dachshund to eat, but the skin must be removed properly, including any remaining brown sharp bits. Pineapple, like kiwis, is great at aiding digestion so a small amount may benefit those with sensitive stomachs. Pineapple has a very high sugar content so portions must be limited.
10. Mangos (no skin or pit)
Like pineapples, mangos have a very high sugar content so portions must be limited. Mangos are abundant in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but it’s crucial to remove the skin and pits. The pits are a serious choking hazard.
11. Peaches (no skin or pit)
Dachshunds can safely eat peaches as long as the skin and pits have been removed. Peaches have vitamins A, E, C and are high in antioxidants. Peaches are very sweet but are technically considered a low sugar fruit, but it’s best to keep portions small anyway. And avoid canned peaches, as the syrup is very high in sugar.
12. Pears (no pit)
Pears are another great choice that many Dachshunds love. Much like apples, the pit must be removed first. Pears have a very wide range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
13. Oranges (no seeds or skin)
Oranges are part of the citrus family and like you’ll see below, other citrus fruits should be avoided. However, if your Dachshund takes a liking to oranges then they are safe for dogs to consume. The skin and seeds should be removed though. Oranges are very high in vitamins C, but also sugar, so limit portions.
14. Cantaloupe (no rind or seeds)
Cantaloupe like watermelon has a lot of water so it’s a great way to keep your Dachshund hydrated during summer. Be sure to remove the ring and the seeds before giving cantaloupe and always limit portions, as the sugar content is also high.
15. Cranberries (no skin)
Cranberries are safe for dogs to eat, but the high sugar content should be kept to a minimum. It’s also preferred to remove the skin. Cranberries contain powerful antioxidants and are particularly good at fighting UTI’s
An important note on seeds, skin, rinds, and pits. If you’re about to hand your Dachshund a piece of fruit but are unsure of the skin, seeds, rinds, or pits, you can play it safe by removing them regardless. Remember that it’s only ever the fleshy part of the fruit that your Dachshund should really be eating.
Fruit Your Dachshund Should NOT Eat ❌ (potentially toxic)
Here’s the list of fruits that your Dachshund should not eat. Some are toxic and others are choking hazards.
● Citrus fruits (lemon, lime) Apart from oranges.
Most dogs dislike the smell of citrus, so even though oranges are ok, your Dachshund will likely refuse it.
Be Careful Of Sugar Content In Fruit
Although fruit can provide a range of valuable nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it’s also high in sugar, some drastically more than others.
Most of the time, fruit should only be given as a very small reward and reserved for special moments, like training. This way, your Dachshund will learn that fruit only comes in small amounts and is a luxury.
Sugar is something that dogs must avoid, and although fruit contains “natural sugar” science has told us that natural sugar, is still sugar and causes many negative responses from the body over time.
⭐ Higher sugar content: (pet safe fruit)
Pineapple, mango, bananas, oranges
⭐ Lower sugar content: (pet safe fruit)
Watermelon, kiwi, strawberries & other berries
Always Test Fruit In Small Portions First
Your Dachshund may dislike, or even be allergic to some fruits that are on the safe list. For this reason, it’s always best to test fruit that your Dachshund has not had before in small amounts.
Some Dachshunds may react badly to oranges and others may absolutely love them. This could be the case with any fruit.
After giving your Dachshund a small piece of fruit, be sure to watch for signs of discomfort, vomit, diarrhea, or other abnormalities. If you spot anything, then it’s best to avoid giving that specific fruit in the future.
Other Ingredients Toxic For Dachshunds ❌
For good measure, here’s the list of other ingredients (not fruit) that your Dachshund must avoid.
● Cooked bones
● Onion, Garlic & Chives
● Xylitol (artificial sweetener found in hundreds of everyday products)
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Thank you for reading! I hope this life has been helpful to you and please share this page with fellow Dachshund owners to keep them informed too. If you have further questions, feel free to contact me! All the best, Harry.