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Can huskies eat strawberries? Yes, but know this first

I get asked about huskies eating certain fruit a lot more than I thought, and one of the most common questions is in regard to strawberries.

Are they safe? what about the little seeds on the outside, do they cause diarrhea in dogs? What about pesticides… These are all relevant and important, and I cover everything below.

Fortunately, as I’ve been feeding my dogs and huskies different kinds of fruit throughout their life, I’ve had the chance to see which of them work well, and which of them don’t digest as they should.

In this article, we will explore the nutritional value of strawberries, potential risks and benefits of feeding them to your Husky, and how to incorporate them into your Husky’s diet.

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Nutritional Value of Strawberries

Strawberries are a low-calorie and nutrient-dense fruit that is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one cup of sliced strawberries (166 grams) provides:

  • Calories: 53
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 13 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Sugars: 8 grams
  • Fat: 0.5 grams
  • Vitamin C: 149% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Folate: 6% of the DV
  • Potassium: 5% of the DV
  • Manganese: 29% of the DV

As you can see, strawberries are particularly rich in vitamin C, which can boost your Husky’s immune system and help prevent infections.

Strawberries also contain phytochemicals, such as anthocyanins, flavonols, and ellagic acid, which have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.

Of course, it’s unlikely and not advised to feed your husky a lot of strawberries, so the amount of vitamins and minerals gained by eating 1 or 2 strawberries are probably negligible in the grand scheme of things.

Does this mean you shouldn’t bother? Well, not really, as a strawberry here and there could keep your husky motivated and interested. It never hurts to switch up a training reward every so often.

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Potential Risks of Feeding Strawberries to Huskies

While strawberries are generally safe and healthy for Huskies to eat, there are some potential risks and considerations that you should be aware of:

  • Allergic reactions: Some Huskies may be allergic to strawberries or other fruits, which can cause symptoms such as itching, swelling, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you notice any adverse reactions after feeding your Husky strawberries, stop immediately and consult your veterinarian.
  • Digestive problems: Huskies have sensitive stomachs and can experience digestive problems, such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea, if they eat too many strawberries or other high-fiber foods. To avoid these issues, introduce strawberries gradually and in small quantities, and monitor your Husky’s reactions.
  • Pesticide residues: Strawberries are one of the most heavily sprayed crops, and may contain pesticide residues that can harm your Husky’s health. To minimize the risk, choose organic strawberries whenever possible, or wash them thoroughly before feeding them to your Husky.

What about the tiny seeds? (achenes) These are not harmful and completely fine for your husky to consume, just as we consume them.

Benefits of Feeding Strawberries to Huskies

Feeding your Husky strawberries in moderation can have several health benefits, such as:

  • Improved digestion: Strawberries contain fiber and enzymes that can aid in digestion and prevent constipation.
  • Boosted immunity: Strawberries are high in vitamin C, which can strengthen your Husky’s immune system and protect against infections and diseases.
  • Better eye health: Strawberries contain antioxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which can promote eye health and prevent cataracts and other eye problems.
  • Lowered inflammation: Strawberries contain anti-inflammatory compounds, which can reduce inflammation and pain in your Husky’s body.

While those are the technical benefits, I am a little unsure as to whether your husky would actually receive those benefits…

Why? Well, we shouldn’t be feeding our huskies too many strawberries anyway, so the amount of vitamins and minerals your husky actually receives from say, one or two strawberries is likely negligible.

How to Incorporate Strawberries into Your Husky’s Diet

If you decide to feed your Husky strawberries, there are several ways to incorporate them into their diet:

  • Fresh: You can offer your Husky fresh strawberries as a treat or snack, preferably sliced or diced to prevent choking or swallowing whole berries.
  • Frozen: You can freeze strawberries and offer them to your Husky as a refreshing and low-calorie snack, especially during hot weather.
  • Mixed with food: You can mix sliced strawberries with your Husky’s regular food,
  • Blended: You can blend strawberries with other fruits or vegetables to create a nutritious and tasty smoothie that your Husky can enjoy.
  • Baked: You can bake strawberry treats for your Husky, such as homemade dog biscuits or muffins, using recipes that are safe and healthy for dogs.

When feeding your Husky strawberries or any other fruits, always remember to:

  • Wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt, pesticides, or bacteria.
  • Remove the stem and leaves, which can be a choking hazard.
  • Cut them into small pieces to prevent choking or digestive problems.
  • Feed them in moderation, as too much fruit can cause stomach upset, obesity, or dental issues.

Should Your Husky Eat Strawberries?

While most huskies will tolerate and even enjoy a strawberry, they are not exactly necessary. Ultimately, your husky will receive all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from their tailored dog food (or at least they should).

Adding something like strawberries into their diet shouldn’t be done for the purpose of gaining significant vitamins, because your husky simply isn’t eating enough of them to achieve this.

Instead, providing a strawberry here and there can be a great way to keep your husky food motivated when carrying out training or being a super “good boy”.


In conclusion, Siberian Huskies can eat strawberries as part of a balanced and healthy diet, as long as you introduce them gradually, monitor their reactions, and follow the proper feeding guidelines.

Strawberries are a rich source of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants, which can benefit your Husky’s digestion, immunity, eyesight, and overall health.

However, there are also some potential risks and considerations, such as allergies, digestive problems, and pesticide residues, that you should be aware of.

By following the tips and recommendations provided in this article, you can safely and confidently feed strawberries to your beloved Husky and provide them with a nutritious and tasty treat.


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