Sweet and juicy peaches are so delicious! As you savor every bite your dog watches and wishes for a piece! Is it safe? There are so many foods out there and it is quite common to wonder if I can share a meal with my dog. There are many reasons we may want to offer peaches or other people food to our dogs. Sometimes we are enticing them to eat and other times we are just wanting to share our food because we just know our dogs love it. And there are definitely sneaky dogs that grab food from our plates. I know my kids drop food all the time, and we need to know if what our dog got into is safe!
Remember dogs and people can eat lots of the same things, but not always. It is important to make sure we are sharing foods that won’t cause any harm to our pets. Read on to learn about sharing your peaches with your dog.
Can My Dog Eat Peaches?
Yes (but not the pits)
Dogs can safely eat peach fruit. Not only do peaches taste good, but they can also offer some health benefits as well.
Peaches are high in vitamins and antioxidants.1 Peaches have a large concentration of Vitamin C, which helps with wound healing and scavenges free radicals – a fancy name for molecules that cause damage to cells. Peaches also contain an antioxidant called beta-carotene which changes to Vitamin A within the body.2 Peaches have significant amounts of Vitamin E, Potassium, and Vitamin K. Each of these vitamins helps to support a healthy immune system.
Peaches are a delicious treat that you and your pup can enjoy together!
Safety Concerns and Possible Risks Associated with Peaches
As with any “people food,” it is important to make sure that you pay attention to what you are actually feeding your dog. There are a few things about peaches that we have to be careful about.
First, peaches contain a pit, which is a large hard shell that contains the peach seed, at the center of the fruit. The peach pit should never be fed to your dog. Peach pits can actually cause a few problems. The peach pit can cause intestinal irritation in dogs.4 Worse, it is possible for a peach pit to cause an obstruction to the intestines which can require emergency surgery for removal.5
Peach pits also contain a small amount of cyanide, approximately 7 milligrams per seed. Luckily, it would take many, many chewed and crushed peach pits to release enough cyanide to cause any harm to your dog.6 So many peach pits would be required for toxicity that it would be unlikely to happen. However, it is important to be aware of this, and it is another reason to avoid letting your dog have the peach pit, just in case!
Second, pay attention to the type of peaches you are feeding. Some of the canned peach fruit contains added fruit juices, sugars, or worse toxic sweeteners. Some artificial sweeteners are extremely dangerous for dogs, especially xylitol.7 Anything labeled sugar-free is likely to have an artificial sweetener. An easy way to avoid excess sugar or artificial sweeteners is to feed fresh peaches.
Finally, if your dog has a sensitive stomach be sure to use caution with how much fruit you feed your dog. And, definitely, if you notice soft stool or vomiting after feeding peaches, stop feeding peaches altogether. Also, if your dog has allergies make sure to use caution. Peaches are not as likely to cause allergies as some other foods, but if you are feeding a special allergy diet to your dog make sure to check in with your veterinarian before feeding peaches.
How Many Peaches Can I Feed My Dog?
Feeding the fleshy fruit part of peaches to your dog is very safe. However, as with any treat, we should offer it in moderation. Dogs don’t need any fruit in their diet, so peaches are a treat.
According to veterinary nutritionists, 90% of everything your dog eats (so, 90% of his total calories) should come from his balanced dog food. That leaves 10% of your dog’s total calories being able to be from treats, not just peaches, but all treats.8
Determining how many calories your dog needs will help to determine how many treats he can have.9 A 25-pound neutered dog needs approximately 700 calories per day. Therefore, calories that can be from treats are about 70 calories per day. One medium-sized peach contains approximately 60 calories.
It is best to feed peaches only every so often. Some dogs are likely to develop diarrhea if offered too much fruit.
Food Preparation Ideas
Feeding peaches to your dog can be fun, as they may love the taste! I recommend slicing a ripe and well-washed peach. Offer a few slices of fresh fruit to your dog and you can enjoy the rest.
Keep this simple and avoid canned peaches, the peach pit, or an excessive volume of peach for your dog. You can hand-feed the fruit or add it to her dog bowl.
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]
Now you know that it is safe to feed your dog peaches. Always monitor your dog closely. If you notice any decrease in appetite, vomiting, or diarrhea make sure to stop offering people food and check in with your veterinarian. Just like people, some foods may be safe but still not agree with your dog’s tummy.
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 list of dog fibre requirements, along with or our guide to choosing the most fiber rich dog food. If you’re looking to treat a dog’s upset stomach and vomiting we have a guide for that as well, and we can even help answer how long for dog to digest food?. If you’re portioning your dog’s food you can also check out our guide to choosing the best automatic food dispenser for a dog.
We also have a series of health and nutritional information for your dog. Our dog growth calculator can help you answer “how big will my dog be?“, and our guide to the ideal weight for a dog 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 size, great dane puppy size, golden retriever puppy size, chihuahua puppy size, or labrador puppy size.
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- National Capital Poison Center. Swallowing fruit seeds. Poison.org. Accessed May 2, 2021.
- Brutlag A. Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs. Vcahospitals.com. Accessed May 2, 2021.
- Rigley C. How Many Treats You Can Give Your Dog During Training. Preventivevet.com. Published April 11, 2018. Updated March 8, 2021. Accessed May 2, 2021.
- The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. Basic Calorie Calculator. Vet.osu.edu. Accessed May 2, 2021.