Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?
Many dog owners love to give their dogs leftover scraps of vegetables, fruits, and meats. However, it is also well known that not all fruits and vegetables are actually safe for our dogs to consume. This may leave some dog owners wondering: Can dogs eat pineapple?
Raw, fresh pineapple is safe for dogs to eat in moderate amounts. In fact, a little bit of pineapple is actually a very healthy snack for dogs. However, canned pineapple is not very healthy for dogs due to the high sugar content in the juice or syrup.
In this article, we will explain if dogs can eat pineapple. We will also explain what fruits are healthy for dogs to eat and what fruits are potentially unhealthy for dogs. Alright, let’s jump right into it.
Does Fresh Pineapple Hurt Dogs?
Fresh pineapple is not toxic to dogs, and it actually contains a lot of healthy vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and more. In addition to this, pineapple also contains many different minerals that are healthy for dogs. These minerals include but are not limited to copper, potassium, and manganese.
Even though pineapple is a healthy snack for dogs, too much pineapple could cause some stomach upset in dogs. As a result, too much pineapple could potentially cause some vomiting and diarrhea if eaten in too high of an amount.
Can Canned Pineapple Hurt Dogs?
Like fresh pineapple, canned pineapple is not a toxic food to dogs. However, canned pineapple does tend to have a lot more sugar than fresh pineapple does. This is mainly due to the syrup or fruit juice that the canned pineapple sits in. A diet that is high in sugar can cause a dog to gain weight and develop medical conditions like diabetes. Similarly, diets that are high in sugar can also cause plaque buildup and dental issues such as gingivitis.
How Much Pineapple Can a Dog Eat?
It is recommended that dog owners only feed their dogs a moderate amount of fresh pineapple in order to prevent an upset stomach. As a result, dog owners may want to limit their dog’s pineapple intake to only a few pineapple pieces. Larger dogs can most likely handle a bit more pineapple than very small dogs can.
What Happens If a Dog Eats a Small Amount of Pineapple?
Generally speaking, nothing will happen if your dog has a piece of pineapple. Pineapple is nontoxic, and even generally healthy for dogs. The only time where a dog will have a reaction from eating pineapple is if they have eaten too much or if they are allergic to the fruit.
What Happens If My Dog Eats Too Much Pineapple?
If a dog has eaten too much pineapple, then a dog may experience an upset stomach. In extreme cases, this may cause vomiting or diarrhea in dogs. This is mainly due to the high fiber content of pineapple. However, in some cases, fruits that are high in acidity like pineapple can cause an upset stomach in dogs as well.
What Happens If My Dog Is Allergic to Pineapple?
If your dog seems to have severe adverse reactions to eating pineapple, then this likely means that they are allergic to it. Of course, due to the fact that pineapple is ingested by dogs then this means that a pineapple allergy is also a food allergy. Some signs that a dog has a food allergy include but may not be limited to:
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Itchy skin
- Itchy ears, eyes, and/or nose
- Rashes or lesions on the skin
If your dog is allergic to pineapple, then they could potentially exhibit any of the above signs of a food allergy. Luckily, pineapple is usually an easy food for dogs to avoid once it is not being fed to them anymore. There are also many healthy alternatives to fresh pineapple if your dog doesn’t respond well to it.
What Fruit Is Bad for Dogs?
Unfortunately, there are many fruits that dogs cannot eat. Here are some fruits that are potentially toxic to dogs or could cause them an upset stomach when eaten in small amounts. The list of fruits below will include both fruits that are toxic to dogs and are likely to cause an upset stomach when eaten in small amounts.
- Grapes (includes raisins)
As a general rule of thumb, dog owners should avoid giving their dogs these fruits. You should also call your vet immediately if you suspect that your dog has eaten any of these fruits. This way you can discover if your dog is in danger from a reaction to toxicity or not. A vet will also be able to give you proper professional advice as to what to do next.
What Fruits Are Safe for Dogs to Eat?
Luckily, there are many fruits that dogs can eat safely. Most of these fruits are packed full of healthy vitamins and minerals that are great to include in a dog’s diet. Like pineapple, it is always best to serve these fruits fresh and not canned. In addition to this, it is also a good idea to only give your dog a moderate amount of these fruits. This will prevent a potential upset stomach as a result of too much fiber being ingested. Here are some fruits that are safe to feed your dog.
- Bananas (best in small amounts due to high sugar content)
- Oranges (non-toxic, but can cause an upset stomach in high amounts)
For all of these fruits, it is always best to remove any pits, seeds, and cores. In addition to this, you will also want to remove the peel or skin of oranges, cantaloupe, pumpkin, bananas, and watermelon.
At Bottletree Animal Hospital, our doctors are dedicated to caring for you and your pet. If you have any questions about what type of fruit your dog can eat, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (662) 234-4336 or request an appointment here.
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