Can dogs eat pineapple? Everything you need to know
Can dogs eat pineapple?
Yes, dogs can eat pineapple! Pineapple is not toxic for dogs.
Only feed your dog the flesh of the pineapple. Remove the top, skin and core from the pineapple before giving it to your dog, as these parts can be difficult to digest.
Is pineapple good for dogs?
Pineapple flesh is a safe snack for dogs when eaten in moderation, as an occasional treat. Pineapple has some health benefits as it contains vitamins C and B6,as well and the minerals potassium and magnesium. However, pineapple is higher in sugar than many other dog-safe fruits, so too much of it can increase sugar intake and contribute to potential health issues down the line.
How to feed a dog pineapple
- Choose a fresh, ripe pineapple
- Remove the top, bottom, skin and core
- Cut up the pineapple flesh into bite size pieces
- Feed a few chunks to your dog as a treat
- Or, freeze pineapple pieces until firm for a refreshing summer treat
- Or, add a few pieces of pineapple to your dog’s regular food
How much pineapple can my dog eat?
Dogs should be given pineapple in moderation, taking the dog’s size and activity level into consideration. It should be considered as a treat, not as a part of their regular diet. Also consider all the other treats your dog may eat or have eaten that day, as treats should comprise only 10% of your dog’s overall diet.
The nutritional benefit of pineapple for dogs
- Vitamins B6 and C, which are important for a healthy immune system and promote healthy skin and coat
- Potassium and magnesium, which are important minerals
- Bromelain, a digestive enzyme that can can aid digestion (and it may have anti-inflammatory properties)
- Fibre, which is important for digestive health
Pineapple recipes for dogs
Frozen pineapple delight
- A few chunks of fresh, skinless pineapple
- A few slices of banana (optional)
- Plain, unsweetened yoghurt
Ice cube tray, Kong or Licky Mat (or other slow feeder that can hold wet food)
- Blend or puree the pineapple chunks with a few slices of banana.
- Combine the mixture with a couple of spoonfuls of plain, unsweetened yoghurt.
- Fill the ice cube tray or Kong with the mixture and freeze for at least 2 hours for a cooling treat.
- Alternatively, spread the mixture over a licky mat for longer lasting enjoyment.
The risks of dogs eating pineapple
Giving your dog too much pineapple at one time may cause a stomach upset, especially if your dog is not used to it. Always introduce a new food slowly and monitor for any signs of allergies or other ill effects. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, you can try feeding just a little pineapple to see if it causes any reaction.
Note that the skin and core of the pineapple are difficult to digest and can be a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage (become stuck in the intestines, potentially leading to a life-threatening condition), so don’t feed these parts to your dog.
Too many treats in your dog’s diet can cause health problems over the long term, including obesity and diabetes. Treats, including healthy ones like pineapple, should only comprise 10% of your dog’s diet, and are best avoided altogether in dogs that are overweight, diabetic and/or on a prescription diet. Always consult your vet for nutritional advice if you are unsure.
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