Pineapples are a popular pick for those looking for a sweet yet healthy snack, but are these fruits safe for dogs to eat? Yes! But before I explain why, let's revisit the growing issue at hand (or in this case, waist)...
Unhealthy treats for pets
Over half of the dog population in the United States is overweight or obese, so there’s a very good chance that at some point in your life journey with your four legged friend, you’ve been told to decrease your dog’s caloric intake, increase his exercise, or, ideally, both.
In the battle against the bulge, there is one pervasive enemy—treats. Treats should make up less than 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake, but often, they account for a much bigger percentage. Who actually looks at the nutritional data for a particular treat and then calculates how many a dog can have in a day? But the truth is, you should be doing exactly that if you expect your pet to lose weight.
Another tactic for pet owners who just can’t give up treats (after all, dogs are THE master of all “puppy dog eyes” givers) is to switch to low calorie treats, and what’s better than giving fresh whole foods like fruits and veggies?
Can dogs eat pineapple?
When pursuing the produce aisle for particularly pleasing picks, don’t discount the bin full of pineapples. While it may seem odd to feed your pooch pieces of pineapple, it's actually quite healthy (and perfectly safe), and most dogs love it!
Pineapple is packed with vitamins and minerals, and at around 80 calories per cup, it’s low calorie enough to be a perfect treat for dogs, whether they are on a diet or not!
If you’re wanting to give your dogs a tropical treat, stick with the fresh variety. Canned pineapple is usually packed in sugary syrup, which can lead to some unintended gastrointestinal consequences (like diarrhea). Though a whole fresh pineapple looks intimidating, it’s actually quite easy to prepare (and most of them come with instructions on the tag).
Be careful when you’re cutting pieces for your pooch—trim out the core and the outer spiky shell, as these harder parts of the fruit are less digestible and can potentially cause an intestinal obstruction.
Finally, watch for oral irritation. Pineapple contains bromelain, which is commonly used as a meat tenderizer. It’s this aspect of the fruit that can cause mild irritation to the oral tissues if too much pineapple is consumed. Start with a small amount of pineapple for a treat to see how your dog’s palate and GI tract respond before giving larger portions.
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