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There is nothing much better than a ripe, juicy fresh peach on a sweltering summer afternoon. Whether in a picnic basket or a lunch box, peaches make a wonderfully healthy sweet treat and offer some significant health advantages. Dogs are primarily carnivorous animals, and therefore do not need fruit in their diet. In general, allowing your pup to partake in a plump, sweet summertime treat is not harmful. There are some tips you might want to follow if you do decide to share your fruity bounty with your pet.

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1. Moderation, Moderation

Treat your dog’s diet with respect and do not overindulge him with the sweet goodness of peaches. This norm applies to almost everything you would feed to your dog, but with peaches, in particular, moderating his intake is important for a number of dietary reasons. While peaches retain some healthy vitamins and minerals, too much peachy flesh could lead to gastrointestinal distress. Side effects of overconsumption could be loose stools, diarrhea, and increased lethargy. A good rule of thumb is, depending on the size of the dog, only feed him about one-quarter of a peach.

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