When it comes to fruits and vegetables, it can be difficult for us dog owners to remember what they can share with their doggy best friends and which ones could prove fatal. So, where do pineapples come into this? Can dogs eat pineapples?
Ripe, raw pineapple contains a lot of vitamin C, as well as vitamin B6, along with thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate. Pineapple is also full of minerals, including manganese, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron, and small amounts of calcium, phosphorous, and zinc. This makes it a nutrient-dense snack for dogs. These nutrients can play an important role in your dog’s immune system and digestive health.
All of these vitamins and minerals make pineapple sound like a wonderful and natural choice for dogs, however, there are a few other things you need to consider before feeding pineapple to your dogs. Pineapple is high in fibre and contains a notable amount of natural sugar. This means that while pineapple is a perfectly healthy treat in small quantities, it can have adverse effects on your dog’s digestive system if fed in large amounts.
Keep an eye on your dog when you first feed them pineapple. If they have any diarrhoea or show signs of an upset stomach, then pineapple might not be the fruit snack for them. The tough, central core of the pineapple has the potential to cause obstructions, as does the spiny skin, so stick to feeding the flesh of the pineapple for your dog’s safety.
So Is It Safe for Dogs to Eat Pineapple?
Yes. Raw pineapple, in small amounts, is an excellent snack for dogs. Canned pineapple, on the other hand, should be avoided as with most canned fruits. This is because the syrups used in canned fruits contain too much sugar for most dogs’ digestive tracts to handle. A few chunks of raw pineapple are usually enough for most dogs, provided they are peeled and sliced into bite-sized pieces. Plus, frozen pieces of fresh pineapple make a delicious cooling treat in the summer. How refeshing!