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Can Dogs Eat Plums?

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When you are enjoying a delicious plum, you may look down at your dog and wonder if he could enjoy it with you. It is hard not to share everything with your pets, especially when they look at you with their cute little faces, but you need to know what table foods can dogs eat.

If you are having a plum as a snack, is it alright to slip some to your pup as a treat? We’ll cover everything you need to know about the toxicity and safety rules regarding dogs and plums.

Are Plums Bad For Dogs?

The short answer is yes, plums are bad for dogs to eat. The pit of the plum contains cyanide, a toxin that poses a threat to dogs. Even in small amounts, it can lead to poisoning in dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Plums Without the Pit?

You may think that the issue with plums for dogs is the pit and, if you remove the pit, it will be fine. However, the flesh of the plum can contain minor amounts of toxins that are dangerous to dogs due to its proximity to the pit. The pit and the flesh grow together, and the toxins often leach in minor amounts into the flesh.

It is best not to allow your dog to have any part of a plum, pit or not.

The Safety Risks With Dogs and Plums

Plums are considered highly toxic to dogs because of the presence of cyanide in the pit, leaves, and stems of plums and the risk of cyanide poisoning. While cyanide is the primary toxin, these parts of the plum also contain some other toxins that pose a danger to dogs such as amygdalin, cyanogen, and prunasin.

Ingesting these toxins, even in minuscule amounts, is very dangerous for dogs, and they will need immediate attention from a vet. Poisoning in dogs is no joke, so it is necessary to research any food before letting your dog have a bite.

Signs Your Dog Has Ingested Plums

Eating toxic fruits or vegetables can be very dangerous for dogs and plums are no exception. Here are some of the signs that your dog may exhibit as a reaction to eating plums as reported by the ASPCA:

  • Shaking
  • Trouble breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Shock

If your dog is displaying any of these symptoms, you should seek immediate attention from a vet.

Fruits and Veggies Dogs Can Eat

Here are some popular fruits and veggies dogs can enjoy:

  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Seedless watermelon
  • Bell peppers
  • Carrots

Final Thoughts

So, can dogs eat plums? No. Plums are toxic to dogs and you should not allow your dog to consume plums whether the pit is present or not. If you left plums unattended and think your dog may have eaten some, you should monitor them for signs like trouble breathing or shaking and seek immediate attention from a vet.

There are many human foods that dogs can enjoy (such as blackberries or carrots) and many low calorie options if you’re worried about puppy weight, but plums are absolutely not one of them. Check out the articles we’ve written on this topic to find out if your dog can eat watermelon, avocados, shrimp, pork, or pecans.

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