Can Dogs Eat Pineapple
The summer is a time for getting your hike on with your adventure dog, throwing frisbees in your local lake as your zooming zealot rushes to retrieve, and cooling down with refreshing fruits and vegetables! You know that YOU can eat pineapple with no consequences, outside of a puckered face from a not quite ripe bite,
The short answer is yes! Pineapple is great snack for your wagging boy as it is chock-full of nutrients to keep him happy, inside and out!
How To Prepare The Pineapple For Puppy
Make sure you are giving your canine pineapple that is ripe. There are three ways to check if a pineapple is ripe:
- Color - A pineapple that is ready to be cut into should have a bright yellowish hue to the rough exterior of the fruit, specifically around the base
- Feel - Pick up that pucker-inducing boy. Is it as hard as the rock your dog keeps mistaking for a ball? If so, the pineapple is not ready! Wait until it's on the softer side, something closer to the squeeze of a tennis ball!
- Smell - The nose knows, and your nose should have no problem finding the right answer! When a pineapple has fully ripened, it will have released sugars and aromas coming from the base. Give it a quick whiff - if you're dizzy from tropical smells, then it's time to cut some fresh fruit for you and your furball!
Once you have found the perfectly ripe summer snack, you must choose how to eat - our favorite part.
Why Is Pineapple Good For Dogs
While your dog may give this yellow fruit a questioning sniff, and maybe even a snarl, it is one of the most nutrient abundant fruits available for Fido. They are rich in B-complex vitamins, Vitamin C, bromelain, and manganese. While your pup already produced Vitamin C from his salivary glands, it's never a bad idea to supplement him with some more!
Is Pineapple Bad for Dogs When Given Too Much?
Too much of anything can be a bad thing, outside of pets and puppy kisses - so the key here is moderation. Although we love pineapple for its sweet taste, that sweet taste means there can be a lot of sugar. So avoid canned pineapple as the syrup in canned fruits adds even more sugar and is often packed with preservatives.
When giving raw pineapple to your dog, we suggest cutting the flesh into bite sized pieces and removing the spiky skin and tough core. You can also put those bite sized pieces in the freezer to cool off your pup during the summer heat.
Giving your pup too much pineapple can also lead to constipation. While fiber is great for digestion, too much fiber can soak up a lot of water and harden your dog’s stool.
What if I Gave My Dog Too Much Pineapple?
DIf you believe you may have given your dog too much pineapple, or are noticing him acting funny after administering some of this summer snack, don't hesitate to consult your veterinarian. The pineapple will typically work its way out of your pup’s digestive system in 24 hours. If Fido is experiencing a bad time with the fruit, he may get an tummy and be a little gassy. Make sure to keep your furball well hydrated, especially in these summer months!