Pets are part of the family, and you want to give them affection, plenty of toys, and a proper diet. Fruits are a popular treat for dogs. However, you want to ensure that the particular fruit will not land your pooch in hospital. Are mangoes safe for dogs? Often touted as the “King of Fruits”, the mango has a plethora of health benefits for humans— but can dogs eat mango? Yes, but there are a couple of things that you need to consider. Let’s look at the value that mangos have for your dog, and how you can let your furry friend enjoy the treats without you getting worried.
This tasty treat is packed with lots of vitamins and minerals, making it healthy for humans and pets alike. Essential nutrients like Vitamin A, B6, C and E will be a boost to your pet’s bodily functions. They work together to contribute to better vision, boost the brain function, and enhance bone and muscle growth. For instance, Vitamin A will increase eye health, helping with preventing night blindness. These are especially a concern as the dogs get older. The vitamins also nourish the skin and lead to the pet having healthier fur which you can groom and keep Fluffy looking sharp, and add to the resilience of the dog’s immune system.
Mangos are high in sugar. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that a whole fruit comes with around 14 g per 100 grams of raw mango. Fruit-based sugars are fine— but don’t go overboard when feeding them to your dog. Too much sugar in the dog food will lead to future health complications.
The fruit also has a high antioxidant concentration. This is particularly beneficial in preventing degenerative diseases. A study researching the impact of antioxidants in aging dogs showed improvements in cognition and functionality in pets whose diets were supplemented with antioxidants. Do you want to give your pet mangos for their antioxidant properties? First speak to your vet to check whether it is safe for dogs to eat.
The delicious tropical fruit is also rich in fiber. This supports the gastrointestinal and cellular health of both dogs and cats. It contributes to the pet maintaining a healthy weight and satiates the appetite of your pet so that Fluffy feels fuller for longer. Dogs aren’t used to the high levels of fiber contained in the fruit. It’s better to offer your pet different tasty treats on different days. This will also make Fluffy eager for what’s to come next.
Before feeding the mango to your pet, ensure that you have thoroughly washed it. Fruits are often sprayed with pesticides before they’re harvested. While mango is safe and full of vitamins, you don’t want unwanted agrochemicals getting consumed by your pet. During those hot summer days, you can go the extra step of serving your dog some frozen mango. It will be a fun and tasty treat that will get them excited, in addition to the interactive toys they play with.
Mango pits are a serious danger and can choke your dog. If the dog manages to swallow it, it will still be difficult to pass through the digestive tract. Before you give your dog the mango, peel it and remove the pit. Peeling is particularly important as the outer skin of the mango is not easily digested by dogs, and it can lead to digestive blockage. It is also recommended that you cut the fruit into smaller pieces, and you can then give it to the dog without worry. This is especially important for smaller dogs. The larger breeds will easily eat the soft flesh of the mango without it having to be diced up.
This is also because of the pit. It comes with small amounts of cyanide. This is highly toxic to your furry friend. The longer the pit remains in the body of the dog, the higher the risk.
Has Fluffy swallowed a mango pit? There is still a small chance of it passing through the body without difficulty. However, in case you notice his feeding habits changing, call the vet immediately. These signs include decreased appetite, lethargy, abdominal tenderness or pain. The pet may also strain when defecating or produce small amounts of fecal waste. These are some of the clinical signs that you should be on the lookout for if you suspect that your pet has swallowed a pit.
Sure, mangos are sweet, and dogs love them. Don’t be eager to give your pet too much mango. This is because it will cause stomach upsets and diarrhea. Moderation is key. It is recommended that you limit such treats to 10% of the total pet food intake per day. A well-balanced diet is needed for the health of your pet. Are you introducing mangos to your dog for the first time? Check with your vet first, for a recommendation of the appropriate amount suitable for your pet.
As you can see, dogs can eat mangos. However, they should in small quantities, and should also be prepared correctly. Serving small pieces of mango with the skin and pit removed will enable your furry friend to safely enjoy the tasty treat.