Written by: Alicia Boemi,Dogly Wellness Advocate & Canine Nutritionist
Raw pineapple is atasty treat for both humans and dogs alike! Thistropical fruit can be fed to your dog fresh and incorporated into your dog’sbalanced diet or fed as ahealthy snack. There areparts of the pineapple that you want to avoid feeding so Fido doesn’t have anupset stomach. Theamount of pineapple you feed your dog is very important as well. In this article we’ll cover all the safety measures to take whenfeeding pineapple and the benefits, too!
IsPineapple Safe for Dogs?
Feeding your dog a small amount ofraw pineapple is very safe and nutritionally beneficial. As with anynew food you introduce to your dog, it’s best to feed a small portion and not overwhelm thedog’s digestive system withnew food. Pineapple flesh from afresh pineapple containsnatural sugars that can be tolerated by dogs but canned pineapple contains added syrups and sugars that are not healthy for dogs and can cause major digestive upset. Thisfresh fruit is relatively high fiber fruit as well which is another reason you want to feed a small portion to your dog. Too much fiber can also cause digestion issues. If your dog reacts poorly to high-sugary foods you will want to avoidfeeding pineapple.
You’ll also want to avoidpineapple juice that is store bought as it also typically hasadded sugar. Stick topineapple chunks that you scoop from the flesh of the pineapple, or purchase whole skinned chunks from the grocery store. You want to make sure to dice the pineapple into smaller portions to make sure your dog doesn’t eat too much and get anupset stomach.
Theparts of the pineapple that humans avoid eating should be avoided by dogs as well. This means to make sure your dog does not eat the pineapple’srind (skin) or core. The green leafy part on the top of the pineapple should also not be fed to dogs. ThePineapple core is too difficult for dogs to digest and therefore should not be fed to avoid digestive upset. Thepineapple skin should also be avoided as it’s prickly and scaly. Not only could it cause a blockage in thedog’s digestive system, it could also cause tears and be very painful if the dog ingests. The safest part of the pineapple is the fleshy part that can be enjoyed by both humans and dogs.
What Are the Health Benefits of Pineapple?
Pineapple containsessential nutrients that are important for a dog’s overallimmune system, digestive system, and general health. Pineapple contains a long list of vitamins and minerals and also digestive enzymes likebromelain which are often used to help battle the bad habit ofcoprophagia (eatingpoop).Bromelain is part of the enzymes known as proteases which assist in breaking down protein and aiding in protein absorption as well. Dogs who are prone to malabsorption issues may benefit from enzymes such asbromelain added to their diet. Consult your veterinarian or nutritionist for more advice on this.
We’ve highlighted some of the nutritional vitamins and minerals found in pineapple below but keep in mind this fruit is also full of many other important minerals including copper, potassium, and magnesium. These nutrients are some of the many reasonsfresh pineapple makes anexcellent snack for dogs!
Vitamin C:Is an excellent way to support your dog’simmune system; it can fight free radicals and oxidative stress and keep cells healthy. Pineapple is one of the fruits with the highestVitamin C content so it’s a great option to give yourdog’s body an antioxidant boost!
Vitamin B6:Is also found in a decent amount inraw pineapple. This water-soluble vitamin is necessary for several bodily functions including protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism.Vitamin B6 is also important for keeping Fido’s skin, coat, and nails healthy.
Thiamin:Is a water-soluble B Vitamin that is also known as Vitamin B1.Thiamin is known to have some anti-inflammatory properties and is critical for turning carbohydrates into energy for use in the brain and nervous system.
Niacin:Is another one of the B Vitamins known as Vitamin B3.Niacin helps keep cholesterol under control, and an extra boost of this vitamin can help arthritis pain and boost brain function.
Riboflavin:Another vitamin that is part of the B Vitamin groups isRiboflavin also known as Vitamin B2. This is a very important vitamin as it helps with the production of red blood cells throughout the body.
Manganese:Raw pineapple contains a decent boost of manganese which is a mineral that is very important for dogs to develop and maintain strong bones and connective tissues.
Feeding Pineapple as aHealthy Treat to Dogs
There are a few ways tofeed pineapple to your dog. Anytime you introduce anew food to your dog you want to make sure to introduce it slowly to avoid digestive issues. Large amounts should not be fed to your dog, stick tosmall quantities as a treat or an appropriate amount for your dog’s size added to food. Less is more when it comes to introducing your dog to anew food!
You can feedraw pineapple fresh to your dog,pureed pineapple, even freeze pieces or put thepureed pineapple into freezer-safe molds for a cool snack on a hot day. You can play around with makingpineapple recipes for your dog, too! Adding in additionalveggies or fruits likewatermelon to make atasty treat with the pineapple is sure to get your dog excited and happy!
PineappleIce Cream Dog Treats
Optional ingredients: 1/8c ofwatermelon or blueberries or 1tbsp of peanut butter
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• Addresses irritating skin conditions
• Reduces itching and scratching
• Helps prevent scooting
• Addresses acute and chronic diarrhea
• Creates a thriving environment for healthy flora
• Super tasty and protein-packed
• Addresses acute diarrhea
• Relieves constipation
• Helps prevent scooting