Can Dogs Eat Pineapple: Fresh, Dried, Canned, Frozen, or Whole?
Looking for a special treat for your special pup? But wait… is it safe to feed your dog pineapple? And what’s the best way to feed it to them?
By Hungry Bark | September 8, 2021
Who doesn’t love pineapple? It’s juicy and refreshing, and makes us think of tropical vacations. And on top of all that—pineapples are healthy and nutritious. But what you really want to know is whether or not pineapples are safe for dogs.
What Happens If You Give a Dog Pineapple?
Can a dog eat pineapple? The short answer is yes—your dog can safely eat pineapple and be completely fine! But there are some important things to know when feeding pineapple to your precious pup. First of all—let’s talk about the good stuff!
Pineapples are chock full of vitamins:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
Pineapples contain lots of minerals:
Not only are these vitamins and minerals an important part of our nutrition as humans, but they are important for a dog’s health and wellbeing too.
That makes pineapple a yummy and healthy treat for your furry best friend. But keep in mind, this treat is recommended in small doses.
Does Pineapple Make Dogs Throw Up?
Pineapple contains large amounts of natural sugar. And giving your dog a small portion of pineapple as a treat here and there shouldn’t have any adverse effects on them. But if your dog eats too much, it could cause stomach upset, leading to diarrhea, or even vomiting.
And remember that too much sugar long-term can also lead to obesity issues, and potentially put your pup at risk for diabetes.
Can a Dog Eat Fresh, Dried, or Canned Pineapple?
Which form is the best way to feed pineapple to your dog? And is there a difference? Yes—some forms of pineapple are safer than others.
- Fresh, raw pineapple is in its natural state—and therefore, the most healthy! Nothing unhealthy has been added to it, and none of the nutrients have been taken away.
- Dried pineapple is also very safe for dogs to eat—as long as you dehydrate it yourself at home. The problem with dried fruits purchased from the store is that they usually contain lots of added sugars.
- Canned pineapple also contains added sugars because of the syrup that it sits in within the can. Our culture loves to add sugar to everything because it tastes better. But sadly, that makes it much less healthy. And not only causes problems for us, but for our dogs too.
Is it Safe for a Dog to Eat a Pineapple Core?
Pineapple cores can be very dangerous for dogs to eat because they are a severe choking hazard. And you might not realize it, but the poky, bumpy skin can cause choking for dogs too—as well as stomach problems.
Please make sure to always cut away the pineapple skin and core, and properly dispose of these parts where your dog won’t be able to access them.
How Should I Serve My Dog Pineapple?
What is the best way to serve your dog pineapple? As said above—make sure to cut away the skin and core. And the safest way to feed the pineapple to your pup is in small, cut up pieces… always in small portions.
Remember, pineapple that is fresh and raw is the healthiest form to feed to your dog. But you can also give your dog healthy, dried pineapple by dehydrating it yourself—without adding any extra sugars. Or you can even freeze the small chopped up pieces.
Dogs love refreshing treats like frozen fruit! Just remember to keep the pieces small, and always supervise your dog while they eat—to avoid any accidental choking.
How Much Pineapple Can I Feed My Dog?
Everything in moderation… right? This goes for feeding your pup some yummy treats too!
Even when it comes to healthy fruits… treats of any kind shouldn’t make up more than 10% of your dog’s diet. To know for sure how much that would be, you can always consult your veterinarian. When feeding your dog treats like pineapple, a safe rule of thumb is to only give them a few pieces for every 10 lbs. of your dog’s weight. If you’re not sure how much that is—I would recommend only a small handful at the most.
Although we like to spoil our pups, the best way to do so is with love, attention, exercise, and playtime. Excess food is our “achilles heel,” but it doesn’t need to be the same for our pooches.
Does Pineapple Make Dogs Not Eat Their Poop?
Have you ever heard this theory? You may have laughed when you read this question, but many people wonder if this old wives’ tale actually works.
Whatever the reason may be, many dogs have the gross habit of eating their own—or another dog’s—stools. And the idea here is that a dog’s stools would become unappetizing from digesting the pineapple. And that would deter a dog from eating their own poop.
But if your dog struggles with this habit, don’t get your hopes up just yet. Sadly, this theory has never been proven. And those who have tried it have still struggled with their dog eating their own stools after eating pineapple. Sorry!
What Fruit is Bad for Dogs?
Now that you know pineapple is a safe treat for your dog—when given properly—you’re probably wondering about other fruits, vegetables, and “people food” in general. You can click here to find more Hungry Bark articles about lots of safe and non-safe foods for dogs to eat.
It is important to always check the safety of food for your dog first before feeding it to them. There are many foods that are completely fine, and even healthy as treats for your pup. And then there are some that can be toxic for your dog—these ones would probably surprise you!
We want to prepare you to give your dog the best nutrition at home—whether it’s meal time, or snack time. So check out these lists of safe and non-safe fruits for dogs before you decide to share your fruity snack with your furry best friend.
Fruits Dogs Can Eat:
Fruits Dogs Can’t Eat:
- Grapes & Raisins
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