Nectarines are a real summer fruit, just like watermelon! They are sweet and refreshing, yet healthy! It’s a fact that nectarines are rich in vitamins A and C, magnesium, potassium, and dietary fiber! It’s also a fact that our four-legged friends LOVE to eat whatever we are having. But can we give nectarines to dogs? Can dogs eat nectarines? Are these summer fruits safe for our dogs?
Can dogs eat nectarines?
There are many fruits (and human foods) that are definitely not safe for dogs and which you should never give your pooch! However, nectarines aren’t one of those. Generally speaking nectarines are safe for your dog. So, next time you eat one there is no issue in sharing a piece or two with your dog.
However, despite nectarines being safe for your dog, you should ask yourself whether or not your dog really needs to eat nectarines.
Benefits of nectarines
Nectarines, as well as peaches, are full of vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin A, magnesium, and potassium! Just like we’ve said in our article about tangerines, which are also full of vitamin C, your dog’s body actually produces this vitamin on its own. This means that your dog actually doesn’t need to eat nectarines to get vitamin C.
Dietary fiber that can be found in nectarines is very beneficial for us humans, and for dogs too! It’s great for our dog’s digestive health, and it’s at the same time helping to ward off bouts of both diarrhea and constipation!
Nectarines are also full of vitamin A which helps boost your dog’s eye health and improves their skin and fur! We also have potassium which helps a dog’s body balance fluids and enables many enzymes, muscles, and nerves to work properly.
And lastly, we have magnesium! It’s an important nutrient because it helps the body absorb vitamins. It’s also great for bone health and the functioning of many important enzymes in your dog’s body.
The dangers of nectarines
Now, I know I’ve said that nectarines are safe for dogs, and that is true. However, there are a few things you need to take into consideration before giving your dog some nectarines.
First of all, don’t give your dog a whole nectarine. Peel the fruit and remove the pit. Cut it into small pieces so your dog can enjoy it without any issues. Of course, keep the amount in moderation, you don’t want to go overboard with it.
Another problem with fruits like nectarines is their high sugar content. If dogs eat too much sugar, despite it being from a fruit, this can lead to gastrointestinal issues, including vomiting and diarrhea.
Nectarines are generally a safe fruit which you can occasionally give to your dog. However, always keep in mind all the dangers that too much of anything, in this case nectarines, can lead to a health problem for your dog. Also, please always talk to your veterinarian before giving your dog any human food, nectarines aren’t an exception just because they are healthy. When you get your vets approval then go ahead and share a juicy nectarine with your dog.