Nutrition Pet Diet Tips Fruits Are Healthy — But Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?

Fruits Are Healthy — But Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?

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The short answer is yes. But, before you feed pineapple to your dog, there are some issues that you should consider. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty about pineapples, their effects on canines, and how you can safely give one to your furry friend.

Value Of Pineapples For Dogs

This healthy treat packs loads of vitamins and minerals. About 85% of the luscious pineapple is actually water, with the remainder being the nutrients. When raw, it contains plenty of vitamin C , vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and folate.

In the mineral segment, it comes with manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, plus small amounts of zinc, phosphorus and calcium. The nutrients provided by the pineapple boost Fluffy’s immunity and contribute to his general wellbeing.

For instance, the vitamin C will be absorbed by the dog. It helps in the building and repair of the skin ligaments and other body tissues. It can also boost the immune system. The  manganese in the fruit will help with enzymes.

Remember to provide sufficient water to the dog whenever they eat, as it aids in the digestion process. If Fluffy gets an upset stomach, or even diarrhea after the feeding on the pineapple treats, then you should hold off them and speak to your vet first.

How Should You Feed Pineapples To Dogs?

Bella will love the treats and clamor for more, but it’s recommended that you only give her a few small pieces at a time, as the occasional top up to a balanced diet. They should be raw as well, this is how it is safe for dogs.

Canned pineapple is actually not good for dogs since it comes with syrup that contains too much sugar. In the heat of the summer, serve your furry friend a couple of frozen pineapple treats to brighten up her day. For popsicles that have pineapple, you should be keen on any additives or preservatives that have been used to make them.

When it comes to pineapple pizza, this should be fine for your dog, but you should watch out for stomach issues especially if you’re following a grain-free dog’s diet.

You can also try handy ideas like:

  • Pineapple ice cream: Since nearly all dogs love licking up ice-cream, you can occasionally blend some fresh pineapple and add some non-fat yoghurt, then freeze it up in small dollops. This treat will have Fluffy’s tail wagging during those hot days. Note that with ice-cream, there are concerns about lactose issues, where the pets end up flatulating or having loose stools.
  • Pineapple toppings: Here, you slice up the raw pineapple into thin slices, and add this to the dog food in the bowl.
  • Add it to the homemade dog biscuits. If you like baking your pooch some treats, then you can add a small amount of pineapples as one of the ingredients in your recipes.

Which Parts Of The Pineapple are Good For Dogs To Eat?

This is straightforward. Just like with humans, the pineapple skin and core are dangerous to dogs. You don’t really want those spikes getting into your body, and neither will your dog. The pineapple core, on the other hand, is hard, and not appropriate for feeding to pets.

While this may be common sense for the pet owner, it will not be so for the dog—which is why there are frequent cases of dogs ingesting indigestible parts of the pineapple, from the skin and leaves to the core. These end up getting lodged within the digestive tract, necessitating surgery to be carried out.

So, don’t allow Fluffy near the pineapples until you have chopped it up yourself and put it in his dog bowl or mouth.

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Avoid Excess Pineapple Treats

Everything with fruits and vegetables should be in moderation. Giving sweet Bella too many pineapple chunks can disturb her digestive tract, making her sick. This fruit comes with plenty of natural sugar and fiber, both of which would not be given to dogs in large amounts.

You don’t want your pooch getting constipated, due to the high fiber diet, or having issues like obesity due to a high sugar diet. In fact, if your pet already had diabetes, you should avoid the pineapple treats until you’ve had a chat with your vet about including it in her meals. Remember to maintain a dental cleaning routine as well, to avoid tooth decay from enjoying all the tasty treats.

Is Pineapple Juice Good For Dogs?

Well, yes it is, as long as there are no additives that are included when preparing the juice. Processed pineapple juices are not good for dogs—especially the older canines and diabetic pets, since they have high sugar concentrations.

The Legendary Cure To “Poop Eating”- How True Is It?

Sadly, this is just a myth. Some believe it changes the taste of the dog’s fecal waste, which makes it unappetizing for the canines. This unfounded belief has led to many pet owners looking for pineapple recipes and giving their dogs pineapple treats in a bid to stop the habit.

There is no scientific evidence backing the claim though. Coprophagy -eating poop- by dogs can be either a sign of your pet having behavioral issues, or completely random and mothering to worry about. If your pet is constantly eating their poop, then you should consult your vet.

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