Pineapple is known as one of the healthiest fruits in the world. But can dogs eat pineapple? Does it really stop dogs from eating their poop (a condition known as coprophagia)? Are pineapples bad for the dogs? Let’s find out the answers to these questions!
Quick answer: Yes, pineapple is highly nutritious, and raw pineapple, fed in moderation is a perfect snack for our canines.
Is It Safe For Dogs To Eat Pineapple?
Pineapple is absolutely safe and could be quiet beneficial for your dog’s immune system if you control the amount he takes. Pineapple contains lot of vitamin C, along with vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and folate. It is also loaded with minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron and many more… However, we have to keep in mind that dog can’t digest human food like humans do. So stick to small amounts. Also if you’re feeding him pineapple for the first time, offer him a small piece and if he’s fine with that he can have some later. If he has symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea after a little chunk of pineapple, it would be best to find some other fruit to feed him.
Dogs Can Eat Only Flesh of a Pineapple
Yes, skin and core are very dangerous for our furry-buddies. Like humans, they can’t digest hard parts of this delicious fruit and if they accidentally ate skin or core, it could get stuck in their digestive tract. Surgery is needed in that case, so please, be careful to leave these bad parts out of your dogs reach, after you’re done with cleaning it.
Does Eating a Pineapple Stops Dogs From Eating Their Poop?
Coprophagia is a condition where your dog eats his own poop. This happens either because you give your dog lots of treats, human food, tasty food, let’s put it like that, and they may be still hungry and feces smell great to him, or he is not getting enough nutrients so he’ ll re-eat what he had before to supply body with more nutrients. So, yes pineapple changes the taste of the feces, making them less appealing for a dog.
How Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?
First things first, always avoid canned pineapples! Not only that they are less nutritious, but a cup of canned pineapples contains 26 grams of sugar. After you’ve got your fresh pineapple, make sure to wash it thoroughly. Even though we won’t be feeding our dog skin or core, it could contain pesticide or bacteria. Cut the flesh into small pieces. The smaller the dog, the tinier the pieces should be. Dogs sometimes don’t even chew; they just swallow, especially when it comes to something so tasty like pineapples. Large pieces of fruit could cause choking in dogs, so avoid the risk by cutting it really small. It is even recommended to offer smaller pieces to a big dog. Giving your dog moderated amounts of this fruit could help with constipation. However, feeding him too much of this fruit could lead to constipation.
Can I Give my dog Pineapple Every Day?
No, it is not recommended, three pieces every other day are enough for our canines. Pineapples are a great nutritious fruit, but still they contain a lot of sugar, and like we all know sugar is not good for our pets but blackberries are safer for dogs.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but other dog owners also.
What is the Nutritional Value* of a Pineapple?
Keep in mind we are talking about pineapple as a natural fruit. None of those canned stuff, loaded with sugar.
· 142 grams of Water.
· 82.5 Calories.
· 21.6 grams of Carbohydrate.
· 2.3 grams of Dietary Fiber.
· 16.3 grams of Sugar.
· 0.9 grams of Protein.
· 78.9 mg. of Vitamin C.
· 1.2 mcg. of Vitamin K.
· 0.1 mg. of Thiamin.
· 0.1 mg. of Riboflavin.
· .0.8 mg. of Niacin.
· 0.2 mg. of Vitamin B6.
· 29.7 mcg. of Folate.
· 9.1 mg. of Choline.
· 21.5 mg. of Calcium.
· 0.5 mg. of Iron.
· 19.8 mg. of Magnesium.
· 13.2 mg. of Phosphorus.
· 180 mg. of Potassium.
· 1.7 mg. of Sodium.
· 0.2 mg. of Zinc.
· 1.5 mg. of Manganese.
· 9.9 mg. of Phytosterols.
*per 165 grams (1cup).
What Dosage is Healthy?
Two to three pieces a day, but not all at once, and not every day. When you introduce new food to your dog’s diet you first need to check if he reacts well to it. Give him one small piece and if he doesn’t react badly to it (vomiting or diarrhea) you can safely use pineapple as a treat.
What are the Symptoms** of an Allergic Reaction?
It is very unlikely that your dog has a pineapple allergy. However, not impossible. Look for itching, skin inflammation, and excessive licking.
**These are the most common examples, please contact your local vet if you have noticed anything unusual, even if we didn’t list it above.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?
Of course! They are full of vitamins, minerals, help with constipation and coprophagia. As long as we don’t give him too much of it, and we made sure it is cleaned properly, there is not any reason why our dog can’t have one or two pieces every once in a while.
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