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Can Dogs Eat Kiwi? Yes, But…

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Kiwi is a fun, delicious fruit. It is packed with more vitamin C than oranges and more potassium than a banana! Some people find kiwis an acquired taste because of the tough outer skin that you must remove before consumption.

If you’re a dog owner who likes kiwi and likes to share food with your dog, you may be wondering whether it’s safe to feed your dog kiwi. Adding the occasional human snack to your dog’s diet is a great way to give your dog more vitamins and minerals.

Can Dogs Eat Kiwi?

Yes, dogs can eat kiwi, in moderation.

Like many human foods, kiwi is fine to give your dog as long as you are careful. The inside part of the kiwi makes a great healthy treat, however, the tough outer skin is very fibrous and difficult to digest. Too much fiber in a dog’s diet can cause upset stomach and diarrhea. The skin is safe for your dog to eat, but it’s best to remove it.

Never give your dog a whole kiwi to eat at once. Small dogs probably won’t be at risk of choking on a kiwi because their small mouths won’t be able to down the whole thing at once. A big dog like a labrador, however, might swallow a kiwi whole, which could cause a blockage in their airway or their gut.

Are Kiwis Healthy for Dogs?

Kiwis contain nutrients like vitamins that are very beneficial to humans. Dogs, however, have a different biological makeup and require different nutrients. Therefore, it’s unlikely that your dog will reap the same health benefits from kiwi that you will.

When you feed kiwi to your dog, you should consider it a treat, not a healthy snack. Kiwis are high in sugar, which can damage a dog’s teeth and lead to weight gain if overconsumed (if you’re not sure about the track of your dog’s growth you can take a look at our answer to the question how big will a puppy get based on the results of our puppy weight calculator). Only feed your dog kiwi a little bit at a time, and don’t give it to them every day.

How Much Kiwi Can I Give My Dog?

When giving your dog any human food, remember that moderation is crucial. Always start by giving your dog a little bit at first, and monitor them closely to make sure they don’t have an allergic reaction or any gastrointestinal discomfort.

Depending on the size of your dog, you may not want to feed them a whole kiwi at once. Half a kiwi is probably enough for more dogs, and small dogs may need even less.

How Should I Prepare Kiwi for My Dog?

Never give your dog whole kiwi. While the skin is not toxic, it is very high in fiber and can be difficult to digest. Additionally, your dog could choke on a whole kiwi. When feeding your dog kiwi, first remove the skin, then cut the fruit up into very small pieces and feed them one at a time.

If you want to use kiwi as a training treat, incorporate it as a special treat either at the end of a training session or as a rare, high-value reward. Don’t try to use kiwi as a regular training treat —it is too high in sugar to give to your dog all the time.

Tips from Our Vets

The following is a list of tips on how to think about what human foods are (and may not be) safe for your dog from Dr. Jennifer Coates’ article on Foods Dogs Can and Cannot Eat.

There are some human foods that dogs can eat safely, as well as some human foods dogs can’t eat.

If you have a dog, you might be used to seeing adorable puppy eyes begging for a bite of, well, anything that you happen to be eating.

While it’s natural to want to share human food with your furry pal, many of the foods we eat are toxic to dogs. Some reasons foods may be harmful to your pup include:

  • Foods that are a problem due to our physiological differences (foods we can handle that a dog’s stomach can’t)
  • Other foods aren’t toxic, but are still potentially dangerous for dogs because they are hard to digest
  • Another category of foods that are a problem for dogs are foods that may contain high levels of fat

Some tips and words of caution if you are feeding your pet human foods:

  • Always keep in mind that new foods of any kind, including switching to a different dog food, can cause stomach upset.
  • When you find a human food you’d like to share with your pup, go slowly. Give small amounts at first and watch for any problems like vomiting or diarrhea before giving more.
  • Remember that treats should make up less than 10% of your dog’s diet. So all of the foods that are safe for your dog should be given in moderation to avoid weight gain and nutrient excesses and deficiencies.

What To Do if Your Dog Eats Something He Shouldn’t

Now that you know what foods are safe for dogs, it’s a good idea to know what to do if your pup eats food that’s toxic to dogs.

If your dog does end up eating something he shouldn’t, try not to panic. You have a few options for getting the help your dog needs:

  • The first is to call your dog’s veterinarian, who can advise you to either come into the office or to watch for signs of poisoning, obstruction, or other potential problems.
  • If it’s after hours, you can try calling an emergency veterinarian.
  • Another option is to call a pet poison control line. Be aware that there is a fee to use these services. Two that we can recommend are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 and the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.

In some cases, you might be told to induce vomiting in your dog. It is helpful to keep hydrogen peroxide on hand in case you need to do this.

Do not induce vomiting unless your veterinarian or someone from one of the pet poison control hotlines advises you to do so, however, because in some cases, vomiting can make the situation worse. [efn_note]Is it ever safe to induce vomiting? ASPCA.org. November 19, 2019. Accessed April 28, 2021.[/efn_note]

Final Thoughts

Kiwi and kiwi skin is not toxic to dogs. However, it should be fed carefully to avoid problems. Always remove the skin before giving your dog kiwi, and cut the fruit into small pieces. Don’t give kiwi to your dog too often—keep it as a special, occasional treat.

If you’re looking for more information about which human foods are (and aren’t) safe for your dog to eat, check out our series of guides below:

Can Dogs Eat Asparagus? Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe? Can Dogs Eat Kiwi? Can Dogs Eat Pineapple? Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?
Can Dogs Eat Avocados? Can Dogs Eat Cauliflower? Can Dogs Eat Lettuce? Can Dogs Eat Pistachios? Can Dogs Eat Tuna?
Can Dogs Eat Beans? Can Dogs Eat Celery? Can Dogs Eat Mangoes? Can Dogs Eat Plums? Can Dogs Eat Turkey?
Can Dogs Eat Beets? Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? Can Dogs Eat Marshmallows? Can Dogs Eat Popcorn? Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?
Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Coconut? Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal? Can Dogs Eat Pork? Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Fish? Can Dogs Eat Olives? Can Dogs Eat Radishes? Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Green Beans? Can Dogs Eat Peaches? Can Dogs Eat Raspberries? Can Dogs Eat Zucchini?
Can Dogs Eat Broccoli? Can Dogs Eat Ham? Can Dogs Eat Pecans? Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken? Can Dogs Eat Hot Cheetos?
Can Dogs Eat Brussel Sprouts? Can Dogs Eat Honey? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Salmon?
Can Dogs Eat Cabbage? Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Seaweed?

Of course you’re interested in the quality of your dog’s food and your pet’s health, in addition to having questions about what your dog can and can’t eat. We happen to have a ton of resources on these very topics!

One is our answer to the question how much fiber do dogs need?, along with or our guide to choosing the best fiber dog food. If you’re looking to treat a dog’s upset stomach we have a guide for that as well, and we can even help answer how long does it take for dog to digest food?. If you’re portioning your dog’s food you can also check out our guide to choosing the best timed dog food dispenser.

We also have a series of health and nutritional information for your dog. Our dog growth calculator can help you answer “how much will my puppy weigh?“, and our guide to the ideal dog weight can help you determine if your dog is the proper weight and size, and we even have a collection of breed-specific growth charts including goldendoodle puppy weight chart, great dane puppy weight chart, golden retriever puppy weight chart, chihuahua puppy weight chart, or labrador puppy weight chart.

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