Various fruits and vegetables are safe for your dog and some of them are a toxin. Pineapple is another fruit that is largely debated on whether it is safe or not for dogs. The answer is, pineapple is one fruit that is completely safe for your dog! It is also essential to be aware that pineapple must be given in a moderate amount to dogs.
Now, many dog owners have concerns regarding how much pineapple is safe and the age of dogs. We’re here to answer all these queries.
What does a pineapple contain and how is it beneficial?
Pineapple is a tropical fruit rich in vitamin C, A, B6, E, K and calcium. All these components help boost the immune system and prevent germs from causing any harm to the body. As much as the outside of the fruit is scaly and sharp, it is juicy and sweet from the inside.
- Pineapples have a lot of minerals and vitamins that prevent bacterial infections. Pineapple can also be used to treat inflammation as it contains a substance called bromelain, an antioxidant.
- Did you know that pineapples consist of around 86% water? A pineapple will serve as a great source of hydration for your dog. Most dogs complain that they have a hard time getting their dog to consume a fulfilling amount of water in a day, if that’s the case for your dog, pineapple serves as a great hydrating alternative in a moderate amount. Many other fruits do the same job.
- Pineapple consists of a good amount of vitamin C, which helps to regenerate tissues, prevent several diseases like heart issues, boost immunity, and help control cholesterol. This will make your dog’s immune ready to fight any bacteria and germs that enter their body. Your dog will not easily fall victim to any allergen and bacteria if they have a good amount of vitamin c in their body.
- Pineapples also contain a component called Manganese which helps to support a healthy skeletal structure and makes their bones strong.
- Pineapples also can help improve digestion in your dog, reduce inflammation and strengthen their heart.
- Although there is no scientific truth to this, it is believed that the antioxidants present in pineapple also help prevent the risk of cancer. Dogs can also grow cancer inside their body just like humans and pineapple helps strengthen their immune system and helps fight with all the irregularities.
Can dogs eat pineapple and is it safe for them?
Like all other fruits that are safe for dogs, Pineapple must be used in a moderate amount for the dogs. It is safe to say that dogs can eat pineapple but in a controlled amount. It can be given as a treat in various forms once in a while. Some dog owners make fresh frozen bites of pineapple and feed it as a treat. (Your dog is going to love that). But, no fruit or anything sweet should be given in a large (uncontrolled) proportion because it can cause health issues otherwise. It is important to make sure that you only feed the flesh of the pineapple and not the scaly skin.
Possible side effects of the uncontrolled proportion of pineapple:
- If the dog has diarrhea or an upset stomach, then pineapple must be avoided as their stomach cannot digest pineapple in that state.
- If you accidentally or unknowingly feed the skin of the pineapple, it can be irritating and choking as it will be hard to swallow.
- A large amount of pineapple fed too often, can also cause tooth decay in dogs. Any treat for your dog must be given in a manageable proportion.
It is a similar case to babies, if you keep feeding them too much chocolate and other sweets just because they love them, they’re going to face tooth decay too. So, a moderate amount is always the key.
Another risk factor of an uncontrolled proportion of pineapple is that it can cause obesity if it is fed to your dog regularly in a large quantity. Obesity will cause laziness and various other possible diseases and nobody wants to do that to their pet.
Can dogs eat the core of a pineapple?
No. You must be aware that the core of a pineapple is not safe for your dog and only the flesh must be fed to them.
If your dog has mistakenly eaten the core, there is no need to worry as long as they’ve swallowed it. The core is not poisonous to the dog. The only problem is the skin texture as it is very scary and can cause irritation while chewing and can also cause choking.
If you see your dog uncomfortable or choking after they’ve eaten the core, then you must talk to your veterinarian and rush them to the clinic if required.
Can diabetic dogs eat pineapple?
Raw pineapple is safe for your diabetic dog in a small amount. If additional sugar or sweet syrup is added to it like pineapple cans, it can be a risk to the blood sugar level.
Can pineapple cause allergy in dogs?
Well, pineapple contains an enzyme that breaks down protein, but as soon as it is swallowed, the stomach acid destroys its ability to do that. So, there is almost no risk of allergy from pineapple in a moderate amount.
In conclusion, it is highly advised that one must do their research before giving any treat or fruit to their dog as all cases of dogs are different and all dogs react differently to additional fruit items. Dogs can eat pineapple and it has proved to be safe for the most. Their history will serve as a way to understand whether they have reacted or proven to be allergic to what kind of fruits and food. It is also important that if you notice your dog disliking something and vomiting after eating it, you must avoid using it in their meals.
The best way to maintain a healthy routine for your dog is to design a balanced diet that contains all the essential things i.e. protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water. The diet must be discussed with your dog’s veterinarian.