Fruits are a healthy choice for both human beings and animals. They are tasteful and nutritious. However, have you ever tried pineapple?
Are the pineapple lovers wondering whether pineapple will suit their dog or not? I am so elated to share with you that pineapple is a healthy, delicious, absolutely safe treat for dogs—with moderation. So, should we hop into the advantages and disadvantages of pineapple for pups now?
There are many perks of pineapple, apart from it being sweet and delicious.
- Hydration: Pineapples have 82% water in them. Their hydration properties will help your dog to fulfill its needs by providing additional moisture on a summer day.
- Antioxidants: It fixes damaged cells.
- Vitamin C: It enhances the immune system of your dog and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
- Vitamin B6: It acts as an essential coenzyme for brain and body functions controlling fluid balance, creating proteins, managing hormones, and boosting neurotransmitters in your dog’s body.
- Minerals: It promotes healthy skin and coat along with solid ligaments and tissues.
- Bromelain: It is an enzyme that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It is also considered to be nature’s histamine and may benefit from skin issues.
Can Dogs Have Pineapple? Is It Safe For Them?
To start with some benefits of pineapples, I would say pineapple is a vital source of vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid). Even one cup of pineapple has 80mg, which is a full day’s value for people. Apart from Vitamin C, it has vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin b6, and dietary fiber, making it a highly healthy fruit for dogs. In addition, the pineapple comprises bountiful nutritious minerals like iron, magnesium, and potassium. Pineapple also possesses bromelain, an enzyme that makes digestion easier, lessens inflammation, enhances healing, and fights cancer.
What Amount Of Pineapple Is Safe For Your Pet’s Consumption?
Despite having so many perks, it does have a few disadvantages. For us people who cannot build vitamin C, pineapple is an excellent source of vitamins. However, dogs, on the other hand, produce vitamin C naturally. This is why they do not require much vitamin C. Another shortcoming that will make you reconsider your decision is it has sugar in it. Pineapple consists of natural sugar (fructose), which can aggravate your dog’s GI. So, it is safe for dogs generally, but only if you offer it to your dog in a limited way, a rare treat–and no more than one or two bites a day.
If you are seeking a cooling item for the summer, opt for the frozen. Frozen pineapple has many of the same nutritional perks as fresh, but you can store it for a more extended period, and it is also ideal for the occasional treat year-round.
Just like any other edible, introduce pineapple gradually and in small amounts. It might be that your dog has an aversion towards pineapple. On that note, you can switch to some other dog-friendly superfood. However, you must take into account that not all dogs are comfortable with the smell and taste of pineapple. In addition, while introducing something new, to stay on the safe side, always keep an eye on the bowel movements. It will help you keep track of their stomach upsets, and maybe you will be cautioned to avoid the particular item.
How About Canned Pineapple?
We strictly recommend you refrain from purchasing canned pineapple. Most canned pineapple is nothing but a package of sugary syrup, which can affect a dog’s digestive system by causing diarrhea or vomiting along with more severe concerns like weight gain and diabetes. However, if you still offer your companion a piece of canned pineapple, opt for the one packed in fully non-synthetic fruit juice, not heavy syrup, and wash off the liquid before feeding the pineapple to your dog.
Does eating pineapple curb dogs from having their feces (coprophagia)?
You may have come across this myth that eating pineapple can help prevent your canines from having their poop. But, unfortunately, coprophagia is common in dogs with either a behavioral or learned trait or are suffering from nutrition deficiency in their diets. It causes gastrointestinal issues and an enhanced interest in a dog’s number two.
The presence of the digestive enzyme, bromelain, in pineapple makes it easier for dogs to metabolize proteins. But it is a misconception that bromelain would change the dog’s poop, making it distasteful, and there is no evidence that it worked successfully. So while it is true that no dog parent will want his dog to consume poop, pineapple is not the key to it. However, pet parents can still give it a try by offering fresh dog food to see if it stops this habit.
If you feed him pineapple, make sure that the skin or the outer part of the fruit is peeled off properly as it can be challenging for them to digest it, often leading to choking hazards. I advise you only to feed them bite-sized chunks of the fleshy part of the pineapple.
I would conclude by saying that consulting your vet about trying new food items for your dog’s diet, is wise.