Pineapple is certainly a sweet and delicious tropical fruit, and it’s packed full of nutrients, so it’s only natural for dog owners to want to share this tasty treat with their pet. But is it safe to feed pineapple to dogs? As a favorite fruit in many households, it’s highly likely that pet owners have already asked themselves this question many times, especially as pineapple comes in a number of different guises – it can be fresh, frozen, dried, and grilled on the barbecue.
Many vegetables are fruits and safe for dogs and fortunately the answer to the question “Is it safe for my dog to eat pineapple” is yes; it’s not only safe but it’s also a healthy snack for your pet. Pineapple contains heaps of minerals and vitamins that support your dog’s hydration and good health, making it the perfect treat for your loved pet.
Can Dogs Have Pineapple?
Raw pineapple is an excellent snack for your pet, provided it’s given in moderation. Canned pineapple is a no-no because the syrup in the can is full of sugar which is a danger to your dog’s health. Giving your pet just a few pieces of pineapple will be enough for most dogs, providing the pineapple has been peeled and the pieces are small.
This fruit contains no dangerous nutrients and is therefore not toxic to dogs; however we always suggest that you keep a close eye on your pet after feeding them pineapple for the first time, just to check for any unusual reactions, like an upset stomach. Also be aware that, because pineapple is high in sugar, it could exacerbate any existing health conditions your pet may have. We urge you to speak to your veterinarian prior to giving your dog any new human foods.
Of course we must remember that treats should only make up 10% of your dog’s diet; more than that can create problems with obesity and digestion. Also keep in mind that pineapple contains high sugar levels, so pineapple must not become a big part of your dog’s diet. The remaining 90% of your dog’s daily diet must consists of nutritionally balanced dog food.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Giving Pineapple To My Dog?
Have a look at the following benefits of giving moderate amounts of pineapple to your dog –
- Hydration: Did you know that pineapples are 82% water? This means that a few chunks of pineapple on a hot day will provide additional moisture.
- Vitamin B6: This is an important coenzyme for both body and brain functions; it builds proteins, regulates fluid balance, supports neurotransmitters, and regulates hormones in your dog’s body.
- Vitamin C: Acts as an anti-inflammatory, it also boosts your dog’s immune system.
- Antioxidants: Repairs damaged cells.
- Bromelain: This is an enzyme that contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties; in addition, it’s believed to be nature’s histamine, helping with skin problems.
- Minerals: Supports strong ligaments and supports tissues, healthy coat and skin.
Smaller dogs should only be given small quantities of pineapple, whereas larger dogs could potentially handle larger amounts. This if course depends on your dog’s weight and general health.
Which Parts of the Pineapple Can I Give To My Dog?
A pineapple consists of parts that even humans don’t eat, and this holds true for dogs too. It’s only the soft inner fruit that’s safe to give to your dog. This means that you must remove the outer spiky skin and the hard inner core before preparing the fruit for both humans and dogs. Dogs should be kept away from the outer skin and inner core to protect them from choking or suffering an intestinal blockage.
Is The Sugar In Pineapple An Issue?
The sugar content of any piece of fruit can raise blood sugar levels and contribute to obesity. Pineapple consists of 10% sugar, which is a lot, so if your pet has health issues like obesity or diabetes, this amount of sugar could create problems for your dog. Consult your veterinarian to discuss if it’s safe to give your dog pineapple. Your vet will have first-hand knowledge of your pet’s health issues and will advise accordingly.
Watch your pet very carefully for stomach upsets and any other abnormal behaviour after offering fruity treats. Also look for gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, diarrhea, or straining to poop. If you observe any of these symptoms, seek help from your veterinarian immediately.
What About Canned Pineapple? Are they ok for dogs?
We suggest you do not offer canned pineapple to your dog. The sugar contained within the can is dangerous to your dog and can impact blood sugar levels. This could be life-threatening if your dog has diabetes. It could also be that some of the important enzymes and nutrients get either reduced or eliminated during the canning process.
We strongly urge you to only offer fresh pineapple pieces to your pet; however, if you only have canned pineapple, choose a brand that has no added sugar and thoroughly rinse the pineapple pieces off before offering to your dog.
Can Dogs Have Dried Pineapple?
We do not recommend you give your dog dried pineapple as a treat, mostly because of the high amount of sugar in each portion. Water is removed from pineapple during the drying process; however, while the portions of fruit become smaller, the quantity of sugar stays the same. That’s why it’s so easy for anyone (human or dog) to consume too much dried fruit, including pineapple. Keep your eye on portion sizes if you or your pet consumes dried pineapple.
Can Dogs Eat Frozen Pineapple?
A lovely, refreshing treat for your dog on a hot summer’s day is frozen pineapple pieces. They’re delicious and your dog will love them. Just keep the pieces small.
Is It True That Pineapple Will Stop My Dog From Eating Poop?
Most dog owners turn a blind eye to their dog eating poop and just pretend it never happened! But it does happen and it’s very common. This behavior is known as coprophagia, and there are many theories about why dogs do this and even more theories on how to discourage this behaviour. One of these theories involves pineapple!
Pineapple contains an enzyme known as bromelain, and many dog owners believe that when this enzyme is ingested it makes the poop taste foul (even to dogs) which makes it unappealing to dogs who consider it a delicacy. However, there’s no scientific evidence to show that the bromelain contained within the pineapple will stop this problem.
Veterinarians suggest that the only way to discourage your pet from eating poop is to immediately clean up so there’s no poop there for them to ingest. If you would like further information on this subject, click on the following link to an article published by the American Kennel Club.
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Yes, your dog can eat pineapple, and it’s certainly a healthy alternative to some packaged dog treats that contain too many additives and fat. Pineapple is packed with water and nutrients that support your dog’s good health. If you’re looking for a unique way to offer pineapple to your loved pet, try adding it to a smoothie or doggie ice cream.