Pineapple is a refreshing treat that is perfect for the summer.
Whether you like it juiced or eat the flesh on its own, this fruit is a healthy snack that everyone will enjoy. This fruit is also safe for dogs to consume and they can receive the same nutrients we get without any harmful effects to their bodies. Although, there are still a few things you need to remember to keep your furry friend in tip-top shape.
IS RAW PINEAPPLE SAFE FOR DOGS TO CONSUME?
Raw pineapples are good sources of vitamin C and are packed with healthy nutrients that are good for your pet’s well-being. Unfortunately, they also contain a lot of fiber and high amounts of sugar.
While fiber can aid in your pet’s digestion, too much of it can lead to weight loss and diarrhea. Additionally, your dogs can develop diabetes if they consume too much sugar. This fruit might be irresistible for your dogs, but you have to control how much pineapple they are eating every day.
HOW ABOUT CANNED PINEAPPLES?
If raw pineapple already contains lots of sugar, how much more for canned pineapples? To preserve the fruit, it needs to be submerged in a sugary syrup. The syrup adds up to the original sugar content of the raw pineapple and makes your dog more prone to developing diabetes even if they consume small quantities of it. If you are planning to prepare a home cooked meal with pineapples for your pet, the best option is to use fresh or frozen pineapples.
HOW TO PREPARE PINEAPPLES FOR DOGS
Pineapples can be served in many ways, either as a snack or as a supplement to your pet’s meal. Just remember to use fresh pineapples and feed in moderation to prevent your dog from developing any conditions.
You can feed freshly sliced pineapple chunks. Always make sure that you have removed the skin completely since this is too hard for them to chew. Also, don’t forget to remove the core. These are difficult to chew and swallow and become choking hazards for your pets.
You can also freeze a few slices or chunks of pineapple overnight for a cool and refreshing treat. You can even experiment and combine other fruits, such as apples and mangoes, for a healthy snack.
Pineapple chunks can also be added to your dog’s meal as a dessert, or sprinkle a few chunks directly on their dinner. If you are having a BBQ party, you might want to grill a few chunks for your pet. While you are enjoying grilled kebabs, your pet can enjoy their own doggy BBQ.
Now we have established that dogs CAN eat pineapple, getting them to may be a different story!