What to Know Before Giving Your Dog Pineapple, According to an Expert
Nothing transports us to our favorite beach vacation spots quite like the taste of fresh pineapple—but can dogs eat pineapple?
The short answer is yes, but there are a few guidelines to follow. To sort through the best and safest ways to share pineapple with your pup, we consulted Tina Wismer, DVM, MS, DABVT, DABT, and Senior Director at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
The Basics: Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?
Wismer notes that dogs can eat the same part of the pineapple humans like to eat: the juicy, tangy fruit. To keep your pup happy and healthy, be sure to feed him only the fruit (not the skin or top leaves).
Just like with other fruits, the spiny skin and thick leaves from the top of the pineapple are difficult for pets to digest, and can cause intestinal blockage. Removing the leaves, skin, and solid core of a pineapple before feeding your pup the fruit will save him from vomiting and diarrhea, as well.
How Much Pineapple Can Dogs Eat?
Wismer advises limiting the amount of pineapple you feed your dog based on what’s best for his caloric intake. “Just like with other treats,” she notes, “do not exceed 10 percent of the dog’s daily calories.”
Pineapple has a fairly high sugar content, which could lead to some stomach irritation if eaten in excess. It’s best to think of pineapple as a special treat or reward for your pet, and not part of his daily diet.
To safely give pineapple to your pup, cut some of the fruit into small chunks, share one or two pieces with him, and keep an eye on him afterward to make sure it doesn’t cause any digestive issues.
What Are The Nutritional Benefits of Pineapple?
Pineapple is full of vitamins and minerals. Along with giving a ton of immune-boosting vitamin C, pineapple is a great source of vitamin B6, which helps both red blood cell and nervous system function. Minerals like potassium, magnesium, and iron are found in pineapples, too—there’s no shortage of health benefits for your pup. But, as mentioned before, the fruit should not be fed in excess to your furry family member, because too much of a good thing can lead to some not-so-fun gastrointestinal issues.
All in all, pineapple is fine to share with your dog as a special reward or on a big occasion. Just like with other tasty treats, you’ll just want to watch how much you give him and make sure he’s only eating the parts that are healthy for him.