The Pineapple is a tropical fruit that has long been thought of as expensive and exotic, and it was once only eaten by exceptionally rich noblemen and royalty. Now that it can be found in most family homes across the world it has got us all to wondering whether our four-legged best friends can eat it too? We know that they can’t eat grapes and raisins because this can lead to organ failure, but what about Pineapple?
A balanced diet that contains Protein, Carbohydrates, Fat, Vitamins, Minerals and Water is recommended for every dog, which can usually be given to your pup through a combination of dry kibbles and other food. Certain fruits can be added to your dog’s diet to give them a variety of nutrients to keep them healthy.
So can dogs eat pineapple? The short answer here is yes, dogs can eat Pineapple, but in this guide we are going to run you through how much they can eat and why it is good for them, as well as when they can’t eat it and the possible side effects. So, be sure to get the full facts before you give it to your pooch.
Which Bits of the Pineapple Can Dogs Eat?
So now you know that dogs can eat Pineapple, which parts of it can they eat? Just like us they cannot eat the core, simply because it is too tough for them to digest and it has the potential to become lodged in their system. It’s a little known fact that dogs don’t really chew their food, they swallow most of it, so non-digestable parts need to be thrown out. They also cannot eat the skin or the leaves because they are sharp and spiky, and they could easily cause an internal injury. So, just like us, they can only eat the sweet juicy flesh, but thankfully this is the best bit!
Additionally, dogs should not eat canned pineapple, because it is typically pumped with extra sugar for it to taste better for longer, and it is also usually preserved in syrup which is full of sugar too. Whilst a little bit of natural sugar found in raw pineapple is ok for your pooch, any more can be dangerous for him, so steer clear of the tinned stuff!
Not only is Pineapple super tasty, but it will also provide him with four of the six essential nutrients that he needs, so you could consider it a superfood in moderation. It will provide your pup with Carbohydrates, Vitamins, Minerals and Water.
If you are looking for a quick way to get your dog a treat without taking all the time of cutting up fresh pineapple, picking up some frozen pineapple can be just as effective. Many dogs try to eat ice, which isn’t recommended due to the harshness on their teeth. Pineapple, however, is softer even when frozen, and can be a great choice for dogs that love frozen treats.
Fresh Pineapple or Frozen/Dried/Canned?
So what types of pineapple is safe for your pup? Obviously we’ve already said that freshly cut pineapple is fine, as long as it’s the correct parts of the fruit. But how about Dried, Frozen or Canned? The grid below will walk you through what’s recommended and what’s not.
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How Much Pineapple Can Dogs Eat?
A dog’s fruit and vegetable consumption should consist of around 10% of his total food consumption in any day, and treats should not exceed more than 15% of his daily calorie intake. 8 small-sized chunks of pineapple account for around 50 calories, so this would be the right amount for an average-sized adult dog. The world’s leading authority on pet care and nutrition offers a handy online notebook for healthy weight maintenance for dogs, so be sure to check out how many calories your pooch should be eating, depending upon his size and exercise levels.
Of course, it goes without saying that this should be an occasional treat because of the high sugar content, and it should definitely not be an everyday treat as there are some possible side effects that few dogs experience, but we will cover these later on.
Preparing Fresh Pineapple For Your Pup
Because there are only certain areas of Pineapple that are safe for dogs to eat, you should prepare the Pineapple as you would for human consumption. You’ll want to remove the skin, and de-core the pineapple.
Your dog should only be eating the flesh of the Pineapple, just like humans. Make sure any pieces you feed your pup do not contain bits of core, skin, or the crown. You’ll want to make sure all of that content is removed before attempting to feed it to your dog. The video below will walk you through how to prepare a pineapple for your dog to eat.
How is Pineapple Beneficial for Dogs?
In addition to the four essential nutrients mentioned above, Pineapple is also full of fiber which is an important ingredient for his digestive system, so you may find that it will help to firm his stools and reduce his flatulence. It’s similar in nutrient value for your dog to other fruit, like kiwi.
Pineapple also contains Vitamin A and K, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Copper, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, and whilst they do not account for a large amount in a cup of Pineapple chunks, every little helps to achieve a well-balanced doggy diet and an overall healthy status. A full list of the nutritional values of raw Pineapple can be found here, but a Pineapple’s main benefits include:
Water: Pineapples are made of 86% water, so you can be sure that if he eats a few chunks of Pineapple, it is certainly going to hydrate him. This can be particularly important in the summer months, and if you find he needs a bit of extra persuasion to hydrate himself, then tasty Pineapple chunks are very successful here. Many dog owners chop up the Pineapple and place them into the freezer for sweet frozen treats in the summer.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps to regenerate tissues, protect against heart disease, increase immunity, lower cholesterol and aids the absorption of other needed vitamins and minerals. A cup of Pineapple chunks will provide your pooch with plenty of vitamin C which will help to keep him fit and help to fight against illnesses. The amount of vitamin C here is fine for your pooch, but just be sure not to feed him much more than this because too much vitamin C can lead to upset stomach and other illnesses.
Manganese: Manganese helps to support a healthy skeletal structure, it acts as a catalyst for your dog’s enzyme and organ functions, and it helps to keep him looking and feeling young as it is an antioxidant. Again, Manganese is plentiful with the recommended amount of Pineapple, and a small amount of Manganese can have a big effect on your pooches health.
Thiamine: Also known as vitamin B1, Thiamine, is an important vitamin that aids optimal functioning of high energy organs such as the brain and heart, as well as support eye health and cognitive function. This vitamin is particularly important for dogs and it is found in almost all high-quality dog foods, but these extra chunks of Pineapple will top him up with that little bit more. Thankfully, any unused Thiamine will be secreted in his urine, so you cannot give him too much.
Vitamin B6: This vitamin is known to assist your puppy’s growing stage, a healthy heart, production of red blood cells and overall general mood of your pooch, and it is one of the most important vitamins needed for canines, which is why it can be found in most high-quality kibbles. But, if you find he is a bit grumpy on a Monday morning, then why not give him a few chunks of Pineapple to lift his mood.
Possible Side Effects
As with any new food, there is a chance that it could not agree with him for a variety of reasons, so be sure to keep an eye on your pooch if this is the first time that you have given him Pineapple. If you notice that he develops diarrhea or is gassy and starts to smell soon after, then Pineapple may not be the treat for him. But that’s okay, because there are plenty of other healthy fruit snacks to choose from.
You may also find the opposite, in that because it contains a lot of fiber it can also cause constipation, which is likely to be a sign that you have fed him too much. This can be especially problematic when using a food that’s already higher in fiber.
The high sugar content means that too much Pineapple can also cause tooth decay and obesity, which is another reason why it should only be fed to him in moderation, but as long as your pooch has a dental cleaning routine in place then tooth decay in this case will not affect him.
The high sugar content can also be too much for those pooches who suffer with diabetes, so if your pooch suffers with this then you should steer clear of this treat, and if in any doubt then be sure to speak to your Veterinarian.
There are also more posisitve effects, like your dog pawing at you for attention so you can feed them more Pineapple of course, and your pup having a healthier shinier coat from the additional nutrients.
Follow These Guidelines
- Only feed your pup the digestible parts of a pineapple.
- Anything you feed to your dog should be done in moderation.
- Diabetic dog owners should seek the advice of a vet before feeding their pup pineapple.
- Never overfeed your dog, especially Pineapple.
- Because of the sugar content, this can cause your pup to gain weight.
- Pineapples are acidic, so keep an eye out for an upset tummy when they first consume it.
- Since this is a treat, we’d recommend keeping it to 10% or less of your dog’s food intake.
- Pineapple is a high-value reward, we recommend it for tricks or obedience training.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can dogs eat the cores?
A: No, dogs cannot safely eat pineapple cores because they are unable to safely digest them.
Q: Can my dog eat the pineapple’s leaves?
A: No, dogs can’t eat pineapple leaves because they don’t break down in their digestive tract.
Q: How about ice cream with pineapple?
A: Typically dogs can eat pineapple ice cream without issues. Your pup is more likely to have a lactose issue, which will cause them to flatulate and potentially cause loose stools.
Q: What if my dog ate some pineapple upsidedown cake?
A: Depending on what preservatives are used, it should be relatively safe if your pup gets it’s paws on some of your pineapple upsidedown cake. If your pup has stomach issues, make sure to seek out veterinary advice.
Q: Can dogs eat popsicles with pineapple?
A: Typically speaking, popsicles should be fine. You’ll want to see what preservatives or additives have been used in the manufacturing process.
Q: What about pineapple pizza?
A: Most pups get their paws on some pizza in their lifetime. If it contains pineapple, it’s likely to just be the flesh, which means it should be just fine. Obviously you’ll want to watch out for stomach problems if you keep your pup on a grain-free food.
Q: Can dogs drink pineapple juice?
A: Technically speaking, it should be fine if no additives are being used in the juice. Because it has a higher concentrated sugar content, juice is not recommended for dogs, especially older dogs, and diabetic pups.
So, now you know that dogs can eat Pineapple! If it is fed to him in moderation, and it is not given to him too frequently, then it is a healthy snack that is both tasty and nutritious, and your pooch really should try it. Be sure to only feed him the flesh, and not the leaves, skin or the core, and do not feed him tinned Pineapple, as only fresh will suffice.
If your pooch suffers from Diabetes then you should try another appetizing treat, but overall most dogs love a little bit of Pineapple every now and then! Let us know in the comments below if your pooch likes Pineapple, or if he has an alternative fruity snack that he prefers.