Pineapples: spiky and bright on the outside, sweet, tangy, juicy, and delicious on the inside. Think of a tropical fruit, and guaranteed a pineapple is on the list. And oh the things you can make with it: pina coladas, smoothies, pineapple upside-down cake… even just a heaping bowl of fresh pineapple. But what about our pups? They may not want a tropical drink, but can dogs eat pineapple?
Once you’ve cut it up, can you share it?
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple
Pineapple is a rich source of vitamins and minerals:
- vitamin C
- vitamin B6
But is it ok for dogs?
Fresh pineapple is actually the perfect sweet treat your pup! All those vitamins and minerals are just as good fro your pup as you!
A few things to note though before adding it to your dog’s bowl. Skip the canned pineapple – the syrup is full of processed sugar, and really, that’s not ideal for anyone (2 or 4 legged). Even fresh, pineapple is high in fibre and natural sugar, so you don’t want to overdo it. Make sure that you also remove the tough core. It has the potential to cause an obstruction, so make sure it’s gone before offering it.
There are several ways to work it into your dog’s diet. Peel it and core it, just like you would for yourself, and give your pup a few chunks as a snack. Freeze it for a frozen stack in the summer. Add some to the blender along with some blueberries and coconut milk, blend it into a smoothie, and pour a little over your dog’s regular food or freeze it for a fruity pupsicle.
And, it isn’t the only tropical fruit that’s good for your dog!
Other Tropical Fruits for Dogs
There are plenty of fruits that are beneficial for their nutrient content, including several tropical fruits. Here are a few others to peel and cut up for a fresh fruity treat:
- watermelon – great source of vitamins A and C, and some B vitamins, copper, potassium and magnesium. Remove the rind and seeds first!
- cantaloupe – excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, niacin, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.
- banana – packed with potassium, fibre, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and selenium. They’re also great as frozen bite-sized snacks.
- kiwi – full of vitamin C, K,E, folate, and potassium. Remove the skin and seeds though – they’re not super digestible for dogs.
- mango – rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K, B6, folate, riboflavin and choline and minerals like iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, copper, zinc, and selenium. Plus it has antioxidants, carotenoids, and polyphenols. Just be sure to peel it and remove the stone before serving.
- coconut – contains medium-chain triglycerides, which are a great source of energy.
As with pineapple, serve these in moderation. You don’t want to overdo it. A few bites at a time is perfect – and that’ll deliver all the benefits without causing any digestive upset.
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple: Final Thoughts
Pineapple, along with all of these others, make for great, low-calorie snacks. They’re the perfect alternative if you’re trying to stay away store-bought baked cookies – ones with ingredient lists as long as your pup’s tail.
Cut them up, serve them fresh or freeze them, and watch your dog enjoy!
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