Can My Dog Eat Mango?
Written by: Alicia Boemi, Dogly Wellness Advocate & Canine Nutritionist
If you’re wondering whether or not to share some mango with your dog for a tasty treat, or if you can add a slice to your dog’s food -- the answer is yes! This popular human food is actually very healthy for dogs as it contains many vitamins and minerals that a dog’s immune system can benefit from. But before feeding mango to your pooch, there are a few important things that pet parents should note about feeding mango to their dog in order to avoid stomach upset or a scary trip to the vet. We’ll cover all this and more so you can safely feed this tropical fruit to your dog!
Is Mango Safe for Dogs?
Before you feed mango to your dog you’ll want to make sure the mango is peeled and the mango pit is removed and discarded. While the mango skin is not toxic to dogs, it poses a choking hazard and is very hard for dogs to digest. The pit of a mango is another choking hazard and is very unsafe for dogs to ingest. The mango pit also contains a small amount of cyanide so it’s a dangerous part of this fruit. Pet parents should focus on feeding the mango flesh, and even then it’s important to cut the fruit into small pieces so it’s easier for your dog to digest.
Mango is a high fiber, low oxalate fruit so you want to make sure to avoid feeding large quantities of it so dogs don’t become constipated or have diarrhea. Because mango is a low oxalate fruit it can be safely consumed by dogs with bladder stones as long as it’s fed in small amounts. Mango does have a decent amount of sugar in it so you’ll want to make sure to avoid feeding mango to dogs who do not react well to sugar or are diabetic.
What are the Health Benefits of Mango for Dogs?
You might be wondering is mango good for dogs given it’s got sugar in it? The answer is yes but with a few caveats. As long as you’re feeding it to healthy adult dogs and avoiding large quantities, mango can be a very healthy treat for your dog. There are many health benefits of feeding mango as the occasional treat because mango contains essential vitamins like Vitamin B6 and E. It also contains beta carotene which is a precursor to Vitamin A. All of these vitamins are extremely important for a dog’s overall immune system. Mango also contains Vitamin C which is not an essential vitamin for dogs as they can produce it themselves, but Vitamin C can become depleted after stressful events like a trip to the vet or after an intense workout. Also, as mentioned above, mango is high in fiber so it can also benefit a dog’s digestive system if fed in small amounts. Below is an overview of the health benefits for dogs of the vitamins found in mango.
Beta carotene: is what causes the orange pigment that makes this tropical fruit so colorful. Beta carotene is a precursor to Vitamin A and contributes to eye health and healthy skin. Overall, beta carotene is important to regulating a healthy immune system.
Vitamin C: is a powerful vitamin and antioxidant that can give your dog a major immune system boost. As mentioned above, Vitamin C is able to be produced in the bodies of healthy dogs, however, it can become depleted during times of stress, strenuous exercise, or disease. A piece of mango is an easy way to boost your dog’s Vitamin C especially in the case of stress, heavy exercise or to boost the immune system for a dog with certain diseases such as cancer.
Vitamin B6: Is a water-soluble vitamin necessary for several bodily functions including protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism. Vitamin B6 is also important for keeping your pooch’s skin, coat, and nails healthy.
Fiber: The fiber content in mango can aid your dog’s digestive system by providing a mix of insoluble and soluble fiber which are both beneficial for healthy digestion.
Feeding Mango as a Healthy Treat to Dogs
Any time you introduce a new food like mango to your dog it’s best to do so by starting slow and with small pieces. Avoid feeding your dog large quantities of mango even for a large dog. Remember, mangos are a sweet treat so start small in order to avoid digestive upset. You can start by feeding a small piece of mango flesh to your dog and save the rest by freezing it for later. A nice cool treat of frozen mango is good on a hot day!
It’s best to avoid feeding your dog dried mango as the sugar becomes very concentrated in dried fruits. Stick to fresh or frozen mango as a healthy treat option for your pup.
Easy Ice Cream for Dogs - Frozen Mango Dog Treat Recipe
Try this tasty treat for your dog using mango!
- 1/2 cup of a diced mango
- 1/8 cup of Native Pet Bone Broth
- 1 cup of Plain Kefir
Optional: Add other healthy veggies or fruits like cooked sweet potato (no skin), blueberries, or avocado to make the blend creamier.
- Freezer safe container
- Blend the mango, bone broth, kefir and any other fruits or veggies that are safe for dogs that you’d like to add in.
- Once blended to your liking, pour the mixture into a freezer safe container and let freeze completely.
- Once frozen, take a spoon or ice cream scooper and scoop out your ice cream!
- Serve the mango ice cream blend to your dog! Remember to start with a small amount to avoid digestive upset.