Fruit makes a healthy snack alternative and has countless health benefits for your Dachshund. Like us, dogs are omnivores and may enjoy eating fruit as a snack alternative. However, not every fruit is safe, such as grapes and raisins, which are toxic to dogs. So what fruits are safe for your Dachshund to snack on?
Dachshunds can snack on apples, blueberries, strawberries, and bananas in moderation. Fruit provides them with health-boosting polyphenols, flavonoids, and vitamins that prevent oxidative stress, reduce inflammation, and reduce oxidative stress.
If you want to replace those unhealthy commercial treats, fruit is an excellent option. If your Dachsie is fussy, there are ways to introduce the fruit into their diet without them eating the fruit by hand.
4 Notable Benefits of Fruit For Dachshunds
Fruit has long been associated with human health, and the health benefits of fruit also extend to our canine companions.
In fruit, there are several substantial health benefits, particularly from the secondary metabolites of polyphenols in plants and fruit-based diets. These benefits include the following:
1. Disease Prevention
Long-term consumption of fruit polyphenols offers protection from ultraviolet radiation and environmental pathogens. Studies in humans have shown that polyphenol-rich diets provided protection from several diseases, including:
- Cardiovascular based diseases
- Bone disease such as Osteoporosis
- Neurodegenerative diseases.
2. Fruit And Heart Health
Fruit and their corresponding flavonoids and polyphenols are linked to a lowered incidence of coronary heart disease.
Research suggests that fruit-based polyphenols help maintain blood pressure and promote blood vessel health and circulation. Polyphenols also reduce chronic inflammation, which is a risk factor for heart diseases.
3. Fruit And Brain Health
The natural antioxidant nature of fruit-based polyphenols makes them effective against the development and progression of neurodegenerative disease. The anti-aging effects of polyphenol are linked to their prevention of free radicals, which increases with age.
Free radicals occur due to oxidative damage, and their incidence increases as the body’s repair mechanisms decrease with increasing age.
Studies show that the flavonoids associated with brightly colored berries are effective as both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
In a clinical study on rodents, eight weeks of spinach, strawberry, and blueberry extracts effectively reversed age-related conditions in the brain and behavior of the test subjects.
4. Fruits And Gut Health For Dachshunds
Polyphenols are a form of prebiotic because they feed the bifidobacteria in the gut. These microbiotas are essential for nutrient absorption and gut health.
When your pet’s gut microbiota is unbalanced due to either diet or environment, they are more likely to develop cardiometabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.
What Fruit May I Feed My Dachshund?
Fruit treats make a healthy alternative to commercial treats, which often contain chemicals, preservatives, and possibly questionable ingredients. Fruits have immense health benefits and are tasty, too, unless you have a fruit loathing Daschie like mine.
It is easy to get around fussy Dachshunds, and you can introduce fruits into their existing foods on the sly.
Always test your pup with small amounts of fruit before making it part of their diet. Avoid high sugar fruit if your dog is overweight or suffers from diabetes. If your dog has any chronic conditions, always ensure that you consult a vet before introducing any changes to their diet, such as fruit.
Dachshunds & Apples
Apples are a great healthy snack for your Dachshund and provide fiber (in the skin), tasty flesh packed with antioxidants, Vitamins A and C, and also contain 136 mg of polyphenols per medium-sized apple.
The fiber found in apples aids your Dachshunds intestinal health, while the Vitamin C may help with degenerative conditions such as joint disease.
Side note: Joint disease is especially important to look out for in Dachshunds due to their tendency to develop IVDD, which I talk more about in my post about whether Dachshunds can jump safely.
You may feed your Dachshund most varieties of grocery store apple brands, but you should try to buy organic if you can, especially if you plan to leave the skin on the apple. You should avoid feeding your Dachshund apple if they have diabetes.
Whole apples (minus the core and seeds) contain quercetin, a plant pigment or flavonoid that has anti-inflammatory properties and prevents harmful cell building up in your dog’s body.
Most quercetin is found in the apple’s skin, so unless your pup shows digest upset, it is healthy to include the skin.
How Do I Prepare An Apple For A Dachshund Snack?
- Wash your apple thoroughly, and then core the apple. The core may be a choking hazard, and the seeds contain cyanide which is toxic to humans and dogs.
- Cut the apple into chewable wedges either with or without the skin, or add the chopped, sliced, or grated apple to supplement your dog’s meal.
- Feed your pup apple in moderation at a slice or two a day, and the serving should not be more than 10% of your Dachshunds daily calories.
- How many apples can dogs have? A slice or two of an apple makes a good serving for your dog because it should only be 10 percent of your dog’s daily calories.
Blueberries For Dachshunds
Blueberries have won the title superfood for an excellent reason. Blueberries’ antioxidant qualities reduce free radicals, which harm cell membranes and even DNA.
A clinical study showed that feeding a blueberry supplement to service dogs for 18 weeks significantly reduced oxidative stress associated with free radical damage.
How Do I Feed My Dachshund Blueberries?
- If your Dachshund is anything like mine, there is zero to no chance that they will eat fruit by hand. I chose the freeze-dried variety because once the water is removed, you only need a small amount to gain its benefits, and it’s much easier to hide in your puppy’s food.
- If you are lucky enough to have a fruit-loving pup, you may use fresh blueberries as a snack substitute. If your dog eats commercial dog food, try and give about five blueberries per 20 pounds of dog weight, according to PetMed.
What About Strawberries for Dachshunds?
Strawberries are not only delicious (except to Emma, my dachsie), but they are are an excellent source of:
- Vitamin C
Not only that, but strawberries also contain an enzyme called malic acid, which will whiten your Dachshunds teeth.
How Do I Feed My Dachshund Strawberries?
- Thoroughly clean your strawberries and preferably by organic to prevent pesticide contamination.
- Chop up the strawberries to make them easier to digest or mash them into a puree and add them to your Dachshund’s food.
- Feed strawberries in moderation, according to experts, with one medium-sized strawberry per 20 pounds of your dog’s weight.
- Avoid strawberries if your Dachshund is overweight or suffers from diabetes as they are high in sugar.
Dachshunds Eating Bananas
Bananas are packed with vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your Dachshund’s health.
Bananas also contain potassium and Vitamin B6, which can aid your pup’s blood pressure. They also provide:
Bananas also aid digestive health due to gut microbes that break down bananas in the large intestine and produce short-chain fatty acids that prevent digestive disorders.
How Do I Feed My Dog Bananas?
- Although banana skins are not toxic to your Dachshund, they are fibrous and hard to digest and may cause stomach upset. Because bananas are high in starch and sugars, you should feed your Dachshund in moderate amounts.
- Cut the peeled fruit into bite-size chunks and offer your Dachshund a small piece to try. One site suggests mixing half a mashed banana with organic sugar-free peanut butter as a Kong treat or popsicle.
- According to Dogs Naturally, you should not feed more than half a medium-sized banana to a medium-sized dog per day.
Fruit has untold health benefits to both our diets and our best sausage dog friends! If your Dachshund is not willing to eat fruit, you may always find a reputable organic dog feed that contains the fruit itself or its extract.
It may take your pup some getting used to, but fruit may just prolong the precious time we have to enjoy their companionship.