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Can Dogs Eat Mangoes? Yes, But…

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Dogs love to eat fruit. Many dogs also love mangoes. Some dogs will even eat a mango pit if left with no other option. However, the question remains: can dogs eat mangoes? And if so, what are their risks?

If your dog is like most and craves the sweet taste of the fruit, then you might consider letting them indulge on occasion, but you should always be careful that you’re only feeding your dog fruits that are safe for them to eat. Fortunately, dogs can eat mangoes, and there are numerous health benefits to letting your dog have a small amount of this fruit once in a while.

Their sugar content is not as high as most other fruits, and it has plenty of vitamins A and C and some potassium and fiber. However, you should be aware of some potential risks of feeding your dog a mango. Let’s take a look.

Is It Safe for My Dog to Eat Mango?

Yes, dogs can eat mango in moderation.

Many dog owners enjoy sharing their meals with their furry friends, but it’s essential to understand the potential risks before giving your dog a taste of mango. Mango is safe for dogs to eat in small quantities, but it can cause digestive problems if consumed in large amounts.

In addition, the flesh of the mango contains a high level of sugar, which can lead to weight gain and diabetes if eaten too often.

Finally, the mango pit can also be dangerous for dogs, as it can cause intestinal blockages. For these reasons, it’s best to offer your dog only a small piece of mango as an occasional treat.

Are There Any Safety Concerns Feeding Mango to My Dog?

Mangoes are a popular, refreshing fruit. They’re sweet, juicy, and packed with vitamins and antioxidants. But can our canine friends enjoy them too? The short answer is yes; dogs can eat mangoes.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, mangoes contain a sugar called xylitol, which can be poisonous to dogs in large amounts. Therefore, it’s best to remove the pit and skin before feeding your dog mango slices.

Secondly, some dogs may be allergic to mangoes, so it’s always good to start with a small amount and see how your dog reacts. If they show any signs of discomfort, such as itchiness or swelling, it’s best to consult your veterinarian. Then, with a bit of care, your dog can enjoy the sweet taste of mangoes just like you do!

How Many Mangoes Can I Feed My Dog?

This will depend on your dog’s size and metabolism. However, you can feed your dog up to one-half of a mango twice per week as a general rule. You should note that this is just the amount of mango your dog can eat. You will also need to consider the amount of sugar in the mango.

How To Prepare Mango for Dogs

Many dog owners are unsure about feeding their dogs mangoes. After all, can dogs eat mango? Is mango bad for dogs? The answer is that, in moderation, mangoes can be a healthy and delicious treat for your dog. To prepare a mango for your dog:

  1. Start by peeling off the skin and removing the pit. You can then chop the flesh into small pieces or mash it into a pulp.
  2. If you’re feeding your dog fresh mango, introduce it gradually into their diet to avoid digestive upset. You can also give your dog dried mango, which is a great way to provide them with a chewy, nutritious snack.
  3. Just monitor their intake and ensure they don’t overeat.
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

Mango is a delicious tropical fruit enjoyed by people around the world. But can dogs eat mangoes? The answer to this question is yes, dogs can eat mangoes, but they should only consume them in moderation.

Mangoes are a good source of vitamin A and C and potassium, but they also contain sugar, which can be harmful to dogs if consumed in large quantities. So, when feeding your dog mangoes, only give them a small amount and observe how your dog reacts.

If everything goes well and your pup enjoys mangoes, then feel free to continue giving them to her occasionally.

We have an entire series of guides on the topic of what’s safe for your pet to eat if you have additional questions, including whether your dog can eat radishes, pickles, coconut, seaweed, or kiwi.

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