Can Dogs Eat Pineapple? (Nutritional Guide)
While you should always give your pooch a balanced diet that is appropriate for dogs, the odd treat is not going to harm them. But knowing what you can and cannot give a dog can sometimes be a little confusing, especially when it comes to human food. Sweet and delicious, pineapple is actually one of the fruits that is safe for your dog to eat, as long as it is in moderation. And packed with vitamins and minerals, it could also be good for them. But how much is enough, are there any negative side-effects and what is the best way to serve this yellow, juicy treat to your doggo? We take a bite out of the question – can dogs eat pineapple?
Is It Ok to Give Your Dog Pineapple?
The simple answer is yes! But it has to be in moderation and only as an occasional treat.
Pineapple is not toxic to dogs and is one of the fruits, along with others such as melon and strawberry, that’s safe to feed them. Pineapple also has a lot of goodness in them which can benefit your pooch as long as it is fed to them in the right way and not as a regular treat or a replacement for their normal dog food diet.
Is Pineapple Good for Dogs?
As well as tasting delicious, pineapples are very nutritious fruit, both for us and for dogs. They are packed full of vitamin C, as well as vitamin A, thiamin, vitamin b6, riboflavin, magnesium, and potassium – all essential nutrients which are part of your dog’s healthy and balanced diet. Then there is the fiber content, which is excellent for their digestive health as well as bromelain, which helps to break down protein and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
But your pooch should be getting all these nutrients from their daily dog food, so pineapple should only ever be seen as a treat and not the main source of these vitamins and minerals. And let’s not forget that sweet taste – pineapple is one of the sweetest fruits and is packed with unrefined sugar so when feeding pineapple to your pet, it should only be raw and in small quantities.
As with anything in life, it is possible to have too much of a good thing and this applies to pineapple in your dog’s diet! How much you do feed your pet as a treat will also depend on his size and if he has any digestive issues or certain medical conditions. For some owners, it also raises the question, are dogs are allergic to pineapple and if so, what the symptoms to look out for are.
Here are some of the possible side effects of feeding raw pineapple to your dog:
- Pineapple is high in fiber as well as natural sugars, both of which can play havoc with a sensitive digestive system. Signs your pooch is sensitive to pineapple include diarrhea and vomiting.
- The high sugar content of pineapple can also contribute to obesity and tooth decay so you must only feed your dog the fruit as an occasional treat.
- Undiagnosed diabetes can be a problem in dogs, so feeding your pet such a sweet treat could have a long-term impact on their health. Some breeds such as Bichon Frise, Cairn Terriers, Golden Retrievers, Poodles and German Shepherds are more at risk of diabetes so if you are concerned, do consult your vet before feeding your dog pineapple.
- Allergic reactions to pineapple are also possible, although pretty rare. Signs that your dog may not be able to tolerate pineapple include itchy skin, loose bowel movements, and ear infections.
How to Give Your Dog Pineapple
The best way to treat your doggo is with a few chunks of raw and fresh pineapple no more than once or twice a week, which you could also freeze for an especially refreshing snack on a hot summer’s day. Any more than a few fresh pineapple chunks at a time, however, and you could find you are soon clearing up a doggy mess. The first few times you treat your dog with pineapple, it’s also a good idea to monitor how their system deals with it, so you can be sure it is safe for your individual dog to eat.
Can Dogs Eat the Pineapple Core?
The core of a pineapple is tough, fibrous and pretty inedible for both dogs and humans.
Always make sure you remove the core, as well as the thick outer skin and spikey leaves as these are also likely to be indigestible for your pet. And they don’t taste that good.
Why Can’t Dogs Have Canned Pineapple?
Never give your pet canned pineapple, especially if it is packed in syrup, as it will be full of processed sugar which can play havoc with your dog’s digestion and, if your pet has diabetes, can be very harmful to his health. Canned pineapple may seem the easiest option but if you do want to give your dog a treat, only ever give him the fresh fruit.
This also leads to the question – can dogs eat dried pineapple? To be safe, the answer is also no. Not only does dried pineapple and all dried fruit have concentrated sugar levels, they can also contain chemical compounds which could be potentially toxic for your dog.
Is Pineapple a Remedy for Coprophagia?
Some people believe that the dog condition Coprophagia – where they have the unsavory habit of eating their own poop – can be stopped by feeding their pet pineapple. Pineapple can make a dog’s feces smell rather unpleasant, even for your pet, but unfortunately it really doesn’t have a track record of stopping the condition in its tracks. Coprophagia is typically a dietary or behavioral issue, and it is unlikely feeding them pineapple will work. Plus, fed in quantities, pineapple can cause digestive issues of its own.
If you are worried about your dog’s poop eating habits, chat to your vet before reaching for the pineapple as a home remedy ‘cure’.