Can dogs eat pineapple?
Pineapple can be a super tasty & nutritious snack for dogs, just as for humans. When given in the right amount & the right form it can be a great treat for dogs of all ages.
Just like most things in life, moderation is key. Pineapples have a high fibre content, which is great, but too much fibre can cause stomach distress.
Pineapples also have a high sugar content, which can also lead to an upset stomach when consumed in high amounts.
Don't give your dog any of the parts of the pineapple that humans don't eat. This means your dog should not eat the pineapple skin, core, or crown. We'd also recommend avoiding pineapple juice or canned pineapple, as these often come with added sugars and syrups that can cause stomach aches.
So small amounts of fresh pineapple flesh can be enjoyed by both you and your dog, but are there any health benefits?
As it turns out, pineapple is an amazing natural source of essential nutrients that are important for a dog’s overall immune system, digestive system, and general health. This healthy fruit provides a long list of vitamins, minerals, and digestive enzymes.
4 of the most important components are listed here:
- Bromelain - helps digest and break down proteins and has also been used to reduce inflammation in the body. This protein-dissolving enzyme also helps to weaken the protective film in the plaque and support healthy gums.
- Vitamin C - is an important antioxidant for dogs that can help reduce potentially harmful free radicals in your pet's body, support healthy ageing, and reduce inflammation.
- Vitamin B6 - is responsible for glucose generation, red blood cell and nervous system function, hormone regulation, immune response, niacin synthesis, and gene activation.
- Vitamin A - supports healthy eyes (including night vision) and skin, the formation of organs and structures in young pups.
So, can dogs eat pineapple? Yes, like people, our pets benefit from a diet rich in minimally processed whole foods and it can be fed alongside a balanced nutritious diet.