If your dog is like most, he wants a bit of what you’re eating, regardless of the snack. Maybe he’s surprised you by demanding some tangy, tropical pineapple, so you find yourself wondering, “Can dogs eat pineapple?”
But should you offer Fido any pineapple? And if it’s safe, how much should you give him and how should you prepare it?
As a dog owner, it’s essential to know what foods are safe for your pup. So, where does pineapple rank?
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?
Yes! It’s OK to give small amounts of pineapple to your canine companion, especially when you consider how it packs a palatable punch of essential nutrients like vitamin C, antioxidants, and vitamin B6.
They’re also high in water content, so they’re a refreshing and delicious way to ensure Fido is well-hydrated during the dog days of summer.
Try pureeing and freezing the fruit in ice cube trays as a homemade alternative to store-bought goodies.
Are There Any Safety Concerns Feeding Pineapple to My Dog?
Of course, too much of a good thing can quickly become a bad thing. If you introduce more than a snack-size amount of pineapple to your pup’s diet, the sugar and fiber can cause tummy troubles, such as diarrhea and nausea.
Over time, increasing your beloved companion’s sugar consumption with pineapple and other sweet treats can eventually lead to diabetes.
Dog diet experts recommend limiting treat foods to 10% of your pet’s diet, with the remaining 90% consisting of high-quality, protein-rich dog food.
How Much Pineapple Can I Feed My Dog?
Only give your dog 2-3 chunks of pineapple at a time, and even less for smaller breeds.
If you notice your dog has digestive upset after even tiny amounts of pineapple, don’t give it to him again. Look for other healthy treats to offer instead.
How to Prepare Pineapple for Dogs
There are also safety considerations when preparing the fruit. Dog-safe pineapple chunks should only include the flesh of the fruit and absolutely none of the skin or the core.
Your dog should never ingest any pineapple core, as it’s far too difficult to digest and can cause intestinal blockages.
Ensure you don’t give your dog any of the skin of the pineapple, either. The spines are a potentially serious hazard.
Cut the fruit into small pieces that are easy for Fido to eat. Only give your dog one chunk of pineapple at a time. If you notice that they are struggling to chew the fruit, avoid offering pineapple in the future to prevent choking.
If it’s the first time Fido has enjoyed this treat, start with one piece and see how he reacts.
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]
As we’ve learned here, a small amount of pineapple is safe for your dog. However, different dogs react differently to new foods.
Keep a close eye on your pet to see his reaction after eating this fruit. If there are signs of digestive upset, don’t feed it to him again.
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: