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Nutritional Benefits of Tropical Fruit for Dogs

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As devoted dog "parents", we often struggle with the decision to leave our four-legged friends behind as we pack our bags for tropical beach getaways. Tempted by sunshine, sandy beaches and umbrella-topped fruity beverages, we enjoy exotic vacations without sharing the delights of these destinations with our dogs. Thankfully, there are many healthy dog treats available to help ease this dilemma and bring the taste and nutritional benefits of the tropics to your pooch.

Coconut oil has strong antibacterial, antiviral and cancer-fighting qualities that make it an essential part of strengthening your dog’s immunity. Additionally, coconut oil contains fewer calories than animal fats, making it a great alternative for overweight dogs. It can also help with external ailments like itchy and flaky skin, a common dog allergy symptom. Coconut oil is also the richest natural source of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which exhibit anti-inflammatory benefits for dogs with arthritic pain. Moreover, coconut has been shown to improve digestion and create hormonal balance for dogs with diabetes or thyroid issues.

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• Commonly known as the “King of Fruits”, Mangoes are an exotic source of essential nutrients for your pup. High in Beta Carotene and soluble fiber, the mango is easily digested and can help dogs suffering from constipation. Mangoes are also rich in Vitamin C and potassium and contain phenols, which are powerful antioxidants that help combat the risk of cancer and other diseases.

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Pineapple is another sweet tropical fruit that has several nutritional benefits for dogs. It contains bromelain, a unique digestive enzyme that helps break down proteins and also prevents gas and loose stools. Pineapple is also known to help maintain eye health, which is critical for aging dogs. Adding a bit of pineapple to your dog’s food can also help prevent coprophagia, the technical term for a dog eating its own waste. While your pup will enjoy the flavor of the tangy fruit with his meal, the foul smell and taste that occurs in the stool will deter him from consuming it on the way out.

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• The Papaya is a melon-like fruit with a luscious taste that dogs love. The papain present in papayas is another pro-digestive enzyme similar to bromelain found in pineapples. Papain helps reduce inflammation, infection and aids in the healing process of any injury. Papayas are also known to settle an upset stomach and prevent nausea in dogs. In addition to Vitamins A and C, papayas are also a good source of B vitamins, folate and lycopene.

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