Can dogs eat pineapple – Pineapple is one of the favorite fruits among men. Following are some of the characteristic’s properties of this fruit: –
- It is a sweet and sour fruit of tropical origin, rich in vitamin C, B6 and sugar. It also contains minerals such as manganese, copper, potassium, and calcium.
- The exterior part of the fruit comprises of a rough skin with tough spikes. The middle part is luscious and fleshy while the central core is hard and rigid.
- Pineapple contains very low or negligible protein.
- Pineapple contains 85% water, 10% sugar and rest minerals and vitamins.
- Specifically, dogs are not allergic to pineapple nor does it have any record of dangerous impact on pet health in the past.
Can dogs eat pineapple?
Yes, dogs can always eat pineapples as it does not contain any toxic substances that might harm them. On the contrary its rich vitamin and mineral content can prove a good diet for the canines. Its fiber content and natural sugar can also prove useful for dog’s health. However, if the same question is asked about canned pineapple, the answer would certainly be in negative, looking at high sugar content due to preservatives. Dogs can be given pineapple as a special treat on occasional basis but not as a part of their regular diet. Moreover, the size of pieces, the part of fruit and the quantity served may differ from dog to dog. If a dog is suffering from ailments such as diarrhea or stomach disorder, then it is advisable to refrain from feeding them pineapple. Puppies during their initial 3 months must not be fed pineapples as their digestive system is not yet fully developed in this stage to handle such sugar rich diet.
Impact of eating pineapples in dogs
Pineapple does not contain a balanced dose of essential nutrients. Hence, its impact on dogs can also be a mixed affair. The owner must consider the pros and cons of feeding pineapples to his dog. Stated as under: –
- The rich presence of vitamin C in pineapples can assist dogs in repairing tissues of skin and ligaments.
- The traces of manganese present in pineapple may help activation of various enzymes in dogs.
- Various minerals and vitamins present in the fruit act as immune boosters.
- Dog’s digestive system is not designed to digest high doses of sugar. Pineapple has a very high percentage of sugar content which may not be conducive to dog’s digestive capacity.
- A dog’s fiber requirement is quite limited. Consuming pineapple in great quantity may cause serious digestive problems in dogs.
- Except the fleshy middle part of pineapple, the leaves, the exterior spikes and the hard core are indigestible by dog’s digestive system. If these indigestible parts are consumed by dogs, they will lie in the digestive tract causing serious health hazards that may even require a surgery.
- According to a debated theory feeding pineapple can discourage dogs from indulging in poop eating (coprophagia) habit because pineapple changes the odor of their own poop to an awfully foul smell hard to bear turning it into an unpleasant stuff not fit to eat.
Best way of feeding pineapple to dogs
After a careful analysis of dog’s body constitution, their nutritional requirements and digestive capabilities, following guidelines must be strictly followed if pineapple is served to dogs: –
- An ideal quantity of pineapples as recommended by veterinary diet experts based on body weight of dogs must be served to them.
- Dogs must never be given canned pineapple or bottled pineapple juice because in these cases the presence of preservatives increases the sugar level to such alarming rates as is very hard for the digestive systems of dogs to handle.
- Pineapple must never be included as a part of regular diet of the dogs. It may however be served as a special treat or occasional snack offered as a reward for distinguished behavior or accomplished task.
- During summer days freshly cut and frozen moderate size pineapple cubes can be served to dogs as refreshment.
- A wide variety of canine cuisine can be prepared comprising of dishes made combining pineapples with molasses and sweet potatoes etc.
- Fresh raw pineapples juice without any additives may also be served to dogs and puppies in moderate quantities. An overdose may however upset their stomach severely.
- Pineapple must never be served as a main meal to dog. Dog’s require protein and other nutrients regularly, while pineapple can only provide carbohydrate, minerals and fiber. Pineapple can never become a substitute for dog food that must contains animal protein chiefly.
- Before feeding pineapple to dogs it must be peeled and the core must be removed.
- In general fruits and vegetables fed to dogs should not exceed 20% of their diet and 10% of their calorie’s requirements. This fact must also be remembered before serving pineapple to dogs.
In nut shell we may suggest that just like any other food pineapples can also be fed to dogs by the owners. The owner must however pay special attention to the quantity and manner in which it is served.