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 cherries come into this? Can dogs eat cherries?
Use Extreme Caution With Feeding Dogs Cherries
The main danger of cherries is that their pits, stems, and leaves contain cyanide, this is a poisonous and potentially lethal if consumed in high enough quantities. Cherry pits can also become stuck in a dog’s digestive system and cause intestinal blockages.
So, how about the maraschino cherries, where the pits have been removed already? They may be pit-free, however, maraschinos are not a good dog treat. This is because they have been sweetened with lots of sugar and are more sugar than cherry.
What to Do if Your Dog Swallows a Whole Cherry
If your dog manages to eat a whole cherry when you’re not looking, don’t panic. A single cherry pit will not cause cyanide poisoning. Nevertheless, you should look out for any symptoms of intestinal blockage, this includes vomiting, decreased appetite, constipation, and decreased faecal production.
It’s important to remember, that these symptoms could appear up to 24 hours after your dog swallowed a cherry pit. Keep in mind that smaller dogs are more likely to suffer intestinal blockages from a small pit.
If your dog eats multiple cherries, you should look out for symptoms of cyanide poisoning. These include difficulties breathing, bright red gums, and dilated pupils. If you find that your dog ate multiple cherries with or without pits, it’s always a good idea to call your vet as a precaution. Your vet may decide that the best course of action is to induce vomiting to prevent cyanide toxicity, or for you to bring your dog in to see them.
With All This In Mind, Is It Safe for Dogs to Eat Cherries?
What is the final verdict on cherries? Dogs can eat unprocessed cherries, however, you must use extreme caution when preparing them, and always keep cherries that have not been pitted well out of reach at all times. Remember to safely dispose of the pits so your dog cant get hold of them. You need to decide if it’s worth the risks.