The Short Answer is:
Your dog can safely eat frozen strawberries, so you can breathe a sigh of relief. The benefits of feeding your dog frozen strawberries occasionally far outweigh any risks.
The purpose of this article is to explain “Can Dogs Eat Frozen Strawberries?“.
- Can dogs eat frozen strawberries?
- What risk is there for a dog eating frozen strawberries?
- What types of strawberries should dogs not eat?
- What is the nutritional value of frozen strawberries?
- Why would you feed a dog frozen strawberries?
- How many frozen strawberries should I give my dog?
- What is the best-frozen fruit to feed my dog?
- Are there any frozen berries or fruits that are dangerous to dogs?
- Can Dogs Eat Frozen Strawberries? (Watch Video)
Wimbledon fans and Pimms lovers unite!
For those of you who are still confused by the Pimms and Wimbledon links let me explain.
Pimms are traditionally served by mixing cucumber and strawberries with ice then adding them to a glass.
Strawberry and cream are the traditional food served at Wimbledon?
Donot like my corny attempt at an introduction?
Well lets hope the content of the article pleases you more.
What is the dog-friendliness of frozen strawberries?
Can dogs eat frozen strawberries?
Your dog can safely eat frozen strawberries so you can breathe a sigh of relief.
The benefits of feeding your dog frozen strawberries occasionally far outweigh any risks.
Now lets dig a little bit deeper into some of these.
Lets start with the benefits.
It is the nutrition it provides that will be the most valuable benefit that strawberries provide for your dog.
The next section of this essay will explore this issue in much greater detail.
The second feature is the different textures it provides for your dog.
Different textures are important to dogs but they are not as important as how the food smells.
Dogs must be attracted to nine essential qualities of food according to this dog food company.
Texture comes somewhere in the middle when it comes to importance.
Okay so I mentioned risks earlier.
What risk is there for a dog eating frozen strawberries?
Although the risk to most dogs is very small for dogs that eat very quickly and do not chew everything a frozen strawberry could pose a choking hazard.
In spite of the strawberry moving at lightning speed through your dogs mouth and down his throat there is a very small chance that it might get stuck somewhere and make him cough or splutter.
However it should not remain stuck very long.
The dog will dislodge it by coughing or retching or if all else fails you can try the Heimlich maneuver.
What types of strawberries should dogs not eat?
Strawberries come in three different forms to the best of my knowledge.
- Strawberry punnets filled with fresh strawberries
- Strawberry slices in a prepackaged bag that is “blend ready”
- Strawberry syrup in canned form
Since I hope that you would not be thinking of feeding your dog strawberry ice cream or yogurt I havenot included those options.
Strawberry fresh fruit and frozen fruit are fine to freeze and give to your dog but canned strawberries should not be given to them because of the syrup they are sitting in.
Those frozen strawberry bags that you can buy are just so convenient.
No matter how clever your dog is I doubt that they will be able to tell the difference between a fresh strawberry taken from a punnet and frozen by you and one that comes from a bag.
What is the nutritional value of frozen strawberries?
Almost 90% of a strawberry is water.
Almost 8% of strawberries are made of carbohydrates – 14% are fiber and 34% are sugar.
Fat and protein are present in minute amounts in the rest of the strawberry.
Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C manganese and folate among other vitamins and minerals.
Why would you feed a dog frozen strawberries?
There are many reasons why dogs may be given frozen strawberries.
Dogs are usually fed strawberries because their owners love to eat strawberries so their owners are just checking that it is ok to share an occasional one with Fido.
Even though I joked about the connection between frozen strawberries and Pimms in the introduction the largest market for frozen strawberries is probably health-conscious people who drink lots of smoothies.
Thus we are probably looking at gym members or runners and not Pimms drinkers
How many frozen strawberries should I give my dog?
The chances of your dog overdosing on strawberries are almost zero but you should only give them to your dog every once in a while.
If your dog ingested a bag of frozen strawberries then the worst that can happen is that he will have diarrhea for a few days as his body gets rid of all of them.
However if you plan on feeding your dogs frozen strawberries regularly you might want to keep in mind the 10% rule.
In general you should not feed your dog treats that exceed 10% of the total number of calories that he consumes every day.
My Golden Retrievers consume about 450 grams of ground meat per day which is approximately 640 calories.
Just over 60 calories are contained in a 200g serving of frozen strawberries.
A 200g serving has about 10-12 strawberries which is a lot of strawberries to consume by your dog.
Several people would argue that ten strawberries are too many!
What is the best-frozen fruit to feed my dog?
Even though it would be really nice to know that there is one particular frozen fruit that stands out from all the others and can be crowned “Best Frozen Fruit For Your Dog 2021” I do not believe that exists.
I think that in addition to feeding your dog any fruit in moderation you should offer them a variety of fruits if you are a fruit fan.
Despite the fact that all fruits are around 90% water each frozen fruit will have a slightly different blend of vitamins and minerals.
Let us imagine that it will take a few months for them to get used to eating different fruits every week.
By doing this they will be able to become familiar with each fruit and since they are only eating it for a week they will experience a variety of different fruits.
It is also important to be aware of the fruits that your dog should never eat because they are toxic.
I will examine these in the next section.
Are there any frozen berries or fruits that are dangerous to dogs?
Fortunately this list isnot too lengthy.
In spite of its short length it more than makes up for it in toxicity as there are some fruits that can be deadly to your dog.
1. Grapes and raisins
To begin let me mention grapes. The first time I realized grapes are deadly to dogs was when I was researching an article on grape jelly.
Dogs are so deadly to grapes and raisins but experts do not know exactly how many grapes it takes to kill one.
When your dog eats even one grape you should immediately contact your veterinarian if you see it.
Some people keep frozen cherries in their freezers but they are our second fruit that is highly toxic to dogs.
As you can see their pits and stems both contain high levels of cyanide.
In all likelihood eating the pit and the stem of one cherry would not kill your dog but if they consume more than a couple of cherries they might be in trouble.
Dogs would not be harmed by cherry flesh but who has the dedication to removing fruit from the pit?
I’m really surprised by this one.
However I wasnot so shocked by the fact that raspberries are poisonous as I was by the toxin they possess.
It would take a lot of raspberries for your dog to be in any real danger and I mean more than a cupful.
What I did not know until now is that raspberries contain xylitol which I assumed was a lab-made substance.
Dogs are very sensitive to xylitol but it is only present in small amounts in raspberries.
Xylitol however when used as a sweetener in popular foods such as peanut butter can be a real dog killer.