Should you feed mangoes to dogs? Can dogs even eat mango? That’s the question on our lips today and that’s what we will answer here.
Can Dogs Eat Mango?
Most domestic dogs can go their entire lives eating a mostly meat diet. In fact, as someone who has owned dogs my entire life, I actually never wondered if maybe dogs can eat mango or any fruit for that matter. My dog loves cheese of all things, but I never thought to give him fruit. But believe it or not, even wolves have been known to include a variety of available fruits, including mango, in their diet.
Dogs can eat mango and many dogs will greatly enjoy it because of the sweet juicy taste. Ripe mangoes are soft enough that medium to large dogs can eat bigger pieces without much difficulty. If you own a small dog, it’s probably a good idea to cut the mango into smaller sized pieces.
Are Mangoes Bad for Dogs?
Now that you know the fleshy fruit of mangoes are okay for dogs to eat occasionally, you may wonder if other parts of mangoes are bad for dogs. If you’re going to feed your dog mangoes, remember that your dog may have difficulty digesting the skin or outside peel of the mango.
Before you feed mangoes to your dog, remove the skin and also remove the pit. The mango pit not only can pose a hazard to your dog if it gets stuck in their throat but it can also cause issues as it moves through the digestive process and intestines. The seeds of a mango can contain traces of cyanide which is not any better for dogs than it is for people so make doubly sure you remove these as well.
As with any fruit or vegetable, make sure that you clean the mango thoroughly before feeding it to your dog. The outside of mangoes, like any other fruit can be contaminated with pesticide residue that may not be seen by the naked eye. Washing the mango before you cut it up for your dog can prevent any of that residue from getting onto the fruit and possibly causing problems for your dog.
How Much Mango Can Dogs Eat?
In addition to the sweet taste which your dog will love, mangoes are a great source of many vitamins and nutrients for dogs including vitamins A, B6, C, and E. They also contain potassium and are a great source of beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Mangoes have a lot of antioxidants and are a good source of fiber which can help your dog’s digestion process.
With that said, if you choose to feed your dog mango, only feed them small amounts at one time. If your dog has never eaten mango before, it’s best to start with a few small pieces so that you can monitor them closely for any negative effects. If your dog does not appear to have any stomach issues or diarrhea after the initial feeding, you can gradually increase the amount of mango with each subsequent feeding. Dogs can eat mango several times a week as long as they show no negative effects.