Written by: Alicia Boemi,Dogly Wellness Advocate & Canine Nutritionist
If you’re wondering whether or not to share some mango with your dog for atasty treat, or if you can add a slice to your dog’s food -- the answer is yes! This popularhuman food is actually very healthy for dogs as it contains many vitamins and minerals that a dog’simmune system can benefit from. But before feeding mango to yourpooch, there are a few important things thatpet parents should note about feeding mango to their dog in order to avoidstomach upset or a scary trip to the vet. We’ll cover all this and more so you can safely feed thistropical 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 themango pit is removed and discarded. While themango skin is not toxic to dogs, it poses achoking hazard and is very hard for dogs to digest. Thepit of a mango is anotherchoking hazard and is very unsafe for dogs to ingest. Themango pit also contains a small amount of cyanide so it’s a dangerous part of this fruit. Pet parents should focus on feeding themango flesh, and even then it’s important to cut the fruit intosmall 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 feedinglarge 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 theHealth Benefits ofMango for Dogs?
You might be wondering ismango 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 healthyadult dogs and avoidinglarge quantities, mango can be a veryhealthy treat for your dog. There are manyhealth benefits of feeding mango as theoccasional treat because mango containsessential vitamins like Vitamin B6 and E. It also containsbeta carotene which is a precursor toVitamin A. All of these vitamins are extremely important for a dog’s overallimmune system. Mango also containsVitamin C which is not anessential vitamin for dogs as they can produce it themselves, butVitamin 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’sdigestive system if fed in small amounts. Below is an overview of thehealth benefits for dogs of the vitamins found in mango.
Beta carotene: is what causes the orange pigment that makes thistropical fruit so colorful.Beta carotene is a precursor toVitamin A and contributes to eye health and healthy skin. Overall,beta carotene is important to regulating a healthyimmune system.
Vitamin C: is a powerful vitamin and antioxidant that can give your dog a majorimmune 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’sVitamin C especially in the case of stress, heavy exercise or to boost theimmune 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 yourpooch’s skin, coat, and nails healthy.
Fiber: The fiber content in mango can aid your dog’sdigestive system by providing a mix of insoluble and soluble fiber which are both beneficial for healthy digestion.
Feeding Mango as aHealthy Treat to Dogs
Any time you introduce anew food like mango to your dog it’s best to do so by starting slow and withsmall pieces. Avoid feeding your doglarge quantities of mango even for a large dog. Remember, mangos are asweet treat so start small in order to avoid digestive upset. You can start by feeding asmall piece ofmango 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 ahealthy treat option for your pup.
Easy Ice Cream for Dogs -Frozen MangoDog Treat Recipe
Try thistasty treat for your dog using mango!
Optional: Add other healthyveggies or fruits like cooked sweet potato (no skin),blueberries, oravocado to make the blend creamier.
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• 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
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