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    I was thinking about feeding a cup of apple,banana,and strawberry to the dogs in the middle of the day. They get their morning feed and then again at night so I was going to give them an evening snack. it will not be a problem $ wise since we know have food stamps. Will it be healthy or hurt there health? I know they love bananas but I'm not sure about apples and strawberries.
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    Those 3 fruits are fine - but not at all necessary for them. Don't feed grapes or raisins.
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    those fruits are fine, but why a cup? why not just give them "tastes" or use it as a topping or for treats.

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    I was just going to use it as a snack. They run a lot in the day and get at-least 3 mile+ of walks a day so I was just making sure they get enough a day to eat. tank has lost more than 5lb's for some odd reason. He had heartworm medicine and everything. He is of goodish weight but I do not want him to lose anymore weight.
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    Fruit is not going to do much to keep his weight up. I would increase his kibble a little (if you really feel like he needed to have the 5# on him).
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    it would be fine but as a lover of fruit - i would say a waste of food. it will not give them a boost or help their weight. It will be just a snakc with no added value.

    I feed my dogs fruit but generally just pieces of what I am eating at hte time.
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    A taste is fine, but honestly I wouldn't bother feeding fruit on a regular basis.

    If you want to do something, buy some whole wheat flour or oatmeal and peanut butter and you probably have eggs on hand. Look up a recipe for making your own dog biscuits. You can probably get all those human grade ingredients with food stamps. And it would go a lot further for your pups.

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    I made some last night and they about took my hand with them lol. They love them! I am only using them for training though. It was peanut butter treats
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrownDog View Post
    Those 3 fruits are fine - but not at all necessary for them. Don't feed grapes or raisins.
    Grapes are fine to feed; but they have to be the seedless ones. Just like apples, the seeds are what can be bad. I trained my lab with frozen grapes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelloweyz View Post
    Grapes are fine to feed; but they have to be the seedless ones. Just like apples, the seeds are what can be bad. I trained my lab with frozen grapes.
    I've never read anywhere that seedless grapes are okay. Can you provide proof of that? If it were my dog, I wouldn't take any chances. Granted, a few grapes are not going to cause a problem, but why take a chance? There are plenty of other safe foods to give.

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