Pineapples are some of the sweetest fruits and many people like them. Other than being sweet, they are full of nutritional goodness making them good for both humans and dogs.
Therefore, yes, dogs can eat pineapples but in moderation.
The best thing about pineapples is that they are full of vitamin C as well as, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, folate, and vitamin B6.
Pineapples are also rich in other minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, iron, magnesium, and small amounts of zinc, phosphorous, and calcium.
With all these nutrients in just one fruit, a pineapple is a perfect snack for your dog. Pineapples help a lot in your dog’s digestive as well as its immune system.
You might get excited that your dog has a perfectly healthy snack. However, you need to look at few things before you o into that grocery store to pick pineapple for your dog.
A pineapple has a high fiber content and a significant amount of sugar.
If your dog eats a lot of pineapples, it is bound to have adverse effects on its digestive system. Observe your dog when you feed him a pineapple.
That way, you will know whether your dog suffers from an upset tummy or gets diarrhea.
The hard-core that is inside the pineapple can cause blockage in your dog’s tummy just like the spiky parts of the pineapple.
Therefore, make sure your dog only gets to eat the pineapples flesh to prevent any blockage.
Can Dogs of all Ages Eat Pineapple?
Yes, dogs of all ages can eat a pineapple. It does not matter whether they are few weeks or few years old.
All you need to do is to make sure you remove the dangerous parts of the pineapple, and you are good to go.
Why is Pineapple Good for Dogs?
1. It helps your dog deal with coprophagia.
Pineapple is good for dogs because it can help with coprophagia (a condition where the dog eats its poop).
A properly digested pineapple has a revolting smell that will keep your dog from wanting to eat his poop.
One thing that makes dogs eat their poop is that they might be suffering from a nutrient deficiency or they are not getting enough food thus the need to eat their poop.
Other than helping the dog stop eating its poop, a pineapple will ensure your dog gets all the nutrients it needs in its meals.
Just because a pineapple will prevent your dog from eating its poop does not mean that you should feed your dog pineapples daily.
2. Helps with protein breakdown
Pineapples contain an enzyme called Bromelain. It helps your dog in breaking down proteins found in its meals more efficiently.
This acts as a digestive aid for your dog.
To get the best of the Bromelain proteolytic enzyme, feed your dog on pineapple pieces that have been freshly cut.
Canned pineapples do not have the Bromelain enzyme, which means your dog will not get the full benefits of the pineapple.
3. The sugar craze
If you are trying to wean your dog off processed sugar, a pineapple is just the to go to snack since it is loaded with natural sugars.
4. Anti-cancer properties
As mentioned earlier, pineapples have Bromelain enzyme. Bromelain also helps in fighting cancerous cells that might build up in your dog’s body.
If your dog has already been diagnosed with a tumor, constant eating of pineapples may reduce the tumor.
How Many Pineapples Can Dogs Eat?
Your dog should be fed on pineapples in moderation since dogs do not do well when their sugar intake is more than their bodies can handle.
So, if you are feeding your dog on pineapples for the first time, let it have one or two pieces and keep an eye on any reaction.
Depending on how your dog reacts, you can opt to continue or discontinue the pineapple treats. Too much sugar taken once (in one sitting) can cause diarrhea in your dog.
About the pineapple skin and leaves
You should never feed your dog on pineapple skin because for starters, it will hurt your dog in the mouth. Secondly, it is of no nutritional value to your dog.
Also, you might not know if the pineapple had been exposed to a poison. For example, an insecticide, and your dog ends up hospitalized or even worse.
Pineapple leaves are also harmful to your dog’s teeth and the whole mouth, therefore, you should not feed it to your dog.
The leaves might also cause toxicity to your dog, and you do not want that to happen.
Are Canned Pineapples Good for your Dog?
In a bid to save time, sometimes people will want to feed their dog on canned pineapple.
You should know that canned pineapples do not have bromelain enzyme that helps in digestion as well as keeping cancer cells at bay.
Canned pineapples are just pieces of pineapples swimming in high amounts of sugar.
Feeding your dog on canned pineapples means that it is not getting the full benefits of pineapples. Secondly, it means that your dog will consume more sugar than it should.
Therefore, you should not feed your dog on canned pineapples.
If you already have canned pineapple and you still want your dog to have a piece, clean the pineapple in running water to remove the excess sugar.
Pineapples should only be taken as treats and not as a regular diet since too much sugar, and too much sugar is not good for dogs. Too much sugar can cause diarrhea in the short term and the long run, it might cause diabetes.
Pineapples also have too much fiber. Too much fiber is not healthy for your dog because it can cause constipation.
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