So can your Shih Tzu eat strawberries? The short answer is yes! But there are some things you should be aware of before feeding them to your dog. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of feeding your Shih Tzu strawberries and also the things to be aware of.
Like most fruits, strawberries contain a variety of healthy nutrients that can be beneficial to your dog. Unlike some other human foods like onions or chocolate, strawberries are not toxic or poisonous for your dog. However, they do have a lot of sugar, and even though it’s a healthy source or natural sugar it can cause your Shih Tzu an upset stomach if not eaten in moderation.
The Benefits Of Feeding Your Shih Tzu Strawberries
- Rich in antioxidants – ideal for maintaining the health of your dog’s skin and preventing cell damage.
- Fibre – promotes good for digestion.
- Omega-3 – helps with your dog’s skin and coat.
- Source of vitamins – C, B1, B6, and K.
- Source of minerals – potassium, iodine, magnesium, and folic acid.
- Low in calories – great for managing weight loss.
There are many benefits of allowing your Shih Tzu to eat strawberries. They are low in calories, have a lot of fibre, and contain healthy vitamins and minerals. By feeding your Shih Tzu the occasional strawberry as a treat you can add some healthy nutrients to their diet and help them stay healthy.
What To Avoid When Feeding Your Dog Strawberries
- Canned strawberries.
- Processed strawberries.
As with most foods, even healthy ones – too much can be a bad thing. Although strawberries are high in natural, healthy sugar, some dogs can have problems digesting a lot of it. If you feed your Shih Tzu too much they may get an upset stomach and some gastrointestinal issues. Although these symptoms can be mild it can cause a lot of discomfort for your dog so it’s always best to feed them in moderation as treats.
It’s also important to avoid canned or processed strawberries. These types of strawberries are likely to contain unhealthy sugars, flavourings, preservatives, and chemicals. They can even contain a natural sweetener called xylitol and while being a healthy sugar option for humans is poisonous for dogs. If your dog eats any of these types they may need a visit to the vet so it’s best to stick to healthy, natural ones.
It’s also worth mentioning that even though strawberries are not toxic or poisonous for dogs, it is possible that your Shih Tzu may have an allergic reaction after eating some. It’s extremely rare to cause any serious health problems but if you notice any kind of allergic reaction then you should visit your vet immediately.
How To Feed Strawberries To Your Shih Tzu
There are a few ways you can feed strawberries to your Shih Tzu and you’ll soon find out which one your dog prefers. Firstly, you should make sure you are feeding them organic, fresh strawberries that have not been treated with any chemicals and you should still give them a good rinse with water just in case.
Although the danger of your dog choking on a strawberry is small as they are a soft fruit you should still cut them up into smaller pieces, especially if you are using them as a treat for a training incentive.
You can also mash them into a pulp and add them to other food. Mashing them is a particularly good idea if you are feeding them to a Shih Tzu puppy.
Another option is to cut them into pieces and freeze them. The piece can then be used on a hot day as a nice refreshing treat.
If you would like to know more about what you should look for and what to avoid in healthy dog food for your dog then please read our article – How To Choose The Best Food For Your Shih Tzu.
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