You might be wondering if giving your pooch a little fruit snack is safe. Pineapple can be a great way to give your dog a healthy treat. It can also be used as a reward when training. Dogs can eat pineapple in moderation and gain some good health benefits from it as well. Pineapple tastes good to some dogs and is a great choice for a little something extra in a dog’s diet. Pineapple has also been said to stop your dog from eating its own feces.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Pineapple?
Raw pineapple contains vitamin C, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, riboflavin, and folate. Not to mention it also has minerals like, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron, and bits of calcium, zinc, and phosphorous. Pineapple can be important to a dog’s digestive health and immune system.
Although it’s considered safe for dogs to eat pineapple, there is a limit on how much your dog can have, otherwise your canine can get a stomach ache. Letting dogs eat pineapple a few fresh pieces here and there, is fine. But letting dogs eat too much raw pineapple can cause issues for your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Canned Pineapple?
Canned pineapple isn’t good for your dog and should be avoided. Much of the canned pineapple in your local store is filled with added sugars and syrups, which are not healthy for your dog at all. If you can find completely organic canned pineapple without additives or syrups, then that may be ok to give your dog. Otherwise, stick to the fresh pineapple chunks.
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple for Health Benefits?
Pineapple contains an abundance of healthy substances that would benefit your dog. In addition to all the nutrients and minerals, that help boost a dog’s immune system, pineapple is also fed to dogs to help detour them from eating their own feces, a displeasing behavior called Coprophagia.
Now, there isn’t any proof that pineapple stops this behavior, but some people swear that it does. It is thought that when your dog eats the pineapple, it goes through the digestive system. When the dog has a bowel movement, the feces no longer smells the same and isn’t appealing to the dog anymore. Another way to keep your dog from eating its own feces is to dispose of it immediately before your dog has a chance to eat it.
How Much Pineapple Can Dogs Eat?
When you want to add a new food to your dog’s diet it is always best to start with a small amount and work your way up. Start off with a small slice of raw pineapple. You should wait at least an hour to see how your dog’s body is going to handle the pineapple. If there are no symptoms, you can try another piece.
If dogs eat too much pineapple, it can lead to problems like diabetes, obesity, tooth decay because of the acid content. A few pieces of pineapple several times a week can be plenty, and you really shouldn’t give your dog too much more than that. Talk with your dog’s veterinarian to help ensure a happy and healthy diet for your dog and to avoid any potential dangers.