I know a lot of people who wait with bated breath for strawberry season. I don’t happen to be one of them, but many people just can’t wait. But what about your dog? Can they join in the yummy goodness of a sweet strawberry? Can Shih Tzus eat strawberries? Let’s find out.
Can Shih Tzus Eat Strawberries
In general, yes, Shih Tzus can eat strawberries, but only in moderation.
They are a healthy treat for your dog, but there is one warning when it comes to Shih Tzus and strawberries.
Shih Tzus and Strawberries
Shih Tzus are one dog breed that tends to be prone to food allergies.
Signs that your dog may be allergic to strawberries include the following:
- Breathing difficulties
- Swelling around the face
If you notice any of these symptoms do call your vet right away.
And while most Shih Tzus can tolerate strawberries without any issues, some will experience stomach upset.
Because of this, you will want to only give your Shih Tzu a couple of small pieces of strawberries and then watch them for any adverse effects.
These can include:
- Abdominal pain
- Digestive issues
- Gastrointestinal irritation
In addition, fresh strawberries have a lot of natural sugar.
Too much sugar can also cause an upset stomach for your Shih Tzu.
If your dog is diabetic, this sugar can lead to increased blood sugar levels.
So, do talk to your vet before you give your Shih Tzu any strawberries.
Otherwise, both fresh and frozen strawberries can make a great occasional treat.
Keep in mind if your Shih Tzu has missing or bad teeth that frozen strawberries might be difficult for them to eat, but they can make yummy treats for puppies that are teething.
Benefits of Strawberries
Strawberries are full of vitamin C and also contain manganese.
In addition, they also have:
- Omega 3
- Vitamins B6 and B1
- Vitamin K
- Folic acid
Strawberries are also low in calories, so as long as you give them in moderation, you won’t have to worry about weight gain.
Adult Shih Tzus can have three or four strawberries while one or two are more than enough for puppies.
Strawberries As Training Treats
Strawberries also make great training treats.
Your Shih Tzu will love how they taste and cut into bite-size pieces they won’t have too many calories.
Just keep in mind that too much fruit, of any kind, can cause diarrhea and stomach upset.
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Strawberry Jam and Other Strawberry Products
Don’t give your Shih Tzu any processed strawberry products including jam.
They tend to have a lot of added sugar and will upset your dog’s stomach.
Not to mention they typically come with preservatives, flavorings, and additives that can be bad for your pup.
Only fresh, plain strawberries should be given to your Shih Tzu
Wild strawberries are fine for your Shih Tzu as well.
However, you don’t want to let them go crazy eating them.
Keep a close eye out to make sure they don’t make a meal out of wild strawberries, and if they are in an area where other wild animals tend to congregate, don’t let your pooch eat any of the strawberries as they can then be dangerous due to leptospirosis.
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To Sum it All Up:
Strawberries are great sources of vitamin and B-Complex vitamins. They are healthy fruits to give to your Shih Tzu and a tasty treat as long as your pup doesn’t have any health issues. They also have a low-fat content, so weight gain isn’t too much of an issue either.
This article is informational only and does not substitute for veterinary advice. Always check with your veterinarian if you are concerned about your Shih Tzu’s nutritional needs and issues. This article should not be considered in any way as veterinarian advice.