We love our dogs. We want to give them the best we could. I love drinking juice, with using my best blender that blends the best fresh juice for myself everyday. So I may consider feeding my lovely dog a cup of apple juice or orange juice. But is that okay for our dogs?
When it comes to “able” or “not able”, we usually consider allergy, sugar or harmfulness. This time, we are considering sugar intake, mainly.
What substances are in the juice?
Let’s pick orange juice as an example. You may take it as reference as most of the other juices are including higher sugar than orange juice.
A 100 ml of orange juice contains: (This is a reference number. It varies with different species of oranges.)
- 47 kcal
- Sugar 9.35g
- Dietary fibre 2.4g (Without throwing the scum. I expect you blending the whole orange after peeling the skin off.)
- Water 86.75 ml
Actually 47 kcal isn’t a high calorie amount, but it almost comes from sugar. 9.35 gram of sugar is definitely too high for a dog, even yourself. You should not blend a whole orange for your dog if you really wants to give him a cup of orange juice. You should keep the amount of 40-50ml to keep his sugar intake at a low profile.
Juicing For Dogs
Juicing for dogs is much less…intimidating than juicing for cats. Partly because dogs – at least my dog – will eat pretty much anything. Oh, and also ’cause unlike cats – dogs are omnivorous.
I first noticed my dog was very open to fresh fruits and veggies when whatever I was chopping would fall to the floor. Whereas my cat would only paw at it to make sure it was dead, my dog would eagerly run over and eat that thing up! It didn’t seem to matter if it was carrot, cucumber, or a slice of apple.
Still, I didn’t try juicing for my dog ’til he started suffering from a skin rash and another pet owner suggested we try replacing his store-bought, processed snacks with homemade, veggie-based treats.
My dog showed a surprising fondness for the latter – even preferring sweet potato to pig ears!
ATTENTION: DO NOT BUY JUICE FROM GROCERY STORES FOR YOUR DOGS!
These juice contains a lots of harmful substances that you don’t want your dog to absorb. Additives, preservatives and additional sugar are added into these bottles. No matter much or few drops of juice, blend and make it BY YOURSELF instead of letting him to drink the harmful sugary juice.
Here’s my Blender that Blends nice and smooth juice for my Dog!
How I Feed My Dog With Juice
Pretty soon, I started adding small amounts of fresh juice to his wet dog food as well as mixing juice pulp into his dry food.
He enjoys both.
Overall, juicing for dogs is nowhere near as complicated as juicing for other pets such as cat, but here are a few tips to get you started!
Do’s and Don’ts of Juicing for Dogs
- Expect more “calls of doody.” I’m not sure if this is going to be the case for all dogs, but for mine (he’s had digestive/constipation issues in the past), the addition of juice pulp led to increased “regularity.” Prepare to take your dog(s) out more often.
- Fresh vs dry juice pulp. This definitely depends on you – if you have a dehydrator, dried dog snacks are easy and cheap to make – not to mention they store well and are portable. But fresh pulp works great, too – ‘though it can get a little more messy.
- What can and can’t you juice for dogs? You can definitely juice a wider range of fruits and veggies for your dog – here’s a great list to refer to!
- Pulp is better than whole. Or rather, blended or ground food is better and easier for dogs to digest since they cannot break down cellulose.
Have you ever tried juicing for pets? How did it go? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!
Whole Fruit Is Better Than Fruit Juice
Whole juice is not as good as fresh water. Dogs can drink fresh fruit juice in small quantities including apple juice and orange juice. Any fruit juice for a dog should be free of added sugar, artificial colors, or other ingredients. It would be a much better idea to give your dog a piece of fresh apple than to risk a juice that isn’t really just juice. Actually my dog loves eating watermelons and apples. Sometimes when I am preparing fruits for my family, I give him a piece of banana too! He loves eating fruit.
Even too much fresh juice can put too much sugar into your dog’s diet. Most high quality dog foods already contain some fruit for your dog’s best nutrition.
What is the Best Juice for your Dog?
So what should you give your dog to drink? Watermelon juice? Orange juice? Or a sweet cup of apple juice?
The Answer is Water. You don’t want to give your dog those sweet juice as the sugar intake is not appropriate for your dog. Water can keep your dog’s metabolic rate high and keeps your dog cleaning himself out naturally. His coat and fur is being shiny and nice if he has enough water intake. His pee would be healthier too.
Tips to make him Drink More
Your dog may refuse to drink a lot of water. I know. We know that. Water doesn’t taste good. It doesn’t attractive at all and at least you love drinking Coca Cola and apple juice instead of water. So as your Dog!
The little trick you can do to your dog is adding Ice Cubes into his water bowl. Dogs are easily being hot and thirsty. But you may observe him not drinking enough water even after high intensity activities. Adding ice cubes can naturally increase his water intake and he may love drinking water! Just do this trick in Summer. He should love the water bowl and you are not worrying about his water intake again.
Please let me know if you have any questions and opinions. Just feel free to leave a comment below.