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Is pineapple good for dogs? Here’s the truth!

Is pineapple good for dogs? Here’s the truth!
Is pineapple good for dogs

When it comes to our beloved dogs we would do anything for them and we would give them everything. Including human food, like fruit or vegetables. But, you should know, not every human food is safe for your dog! As a responsible dog owners you should always do your research whether the human food you want to give your dog is safe! In this article we’re going to answer the question “Is pineapple good for dogs?”.

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It’s a very valid question. Pineapple is a popular tropical fruit many people like to enjoy during the summer months. We use it to make delicious dessert, smoothies or we even put it on pizza. But can we give it to our dogs, is pineapple safe for dogs?

Is pineapple good for dogs?

Generally speaking many fruits and vegetables are safe for dogs. Apples, watermelon, blueberries, are all safe fruits. And even though there is actually no need for dogs to consume them, they are still safe. But what about pineapple? Is pineapple good for dogs?

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The answer is yes, however, we encourage you to read the rest of this article. This is because even though it is safe, there are a few things you do need to take into consideration before giving your dog pineapple.

Nutrient-dense fruit

Pineapple is a nutrient bomb! It’s filled with vitamins and minerals that help support your dog’s health and hydration!

This fruit has many health benefits:

  • Hydration: Pineapples are 82% water, so they are great for hydration!
  • Antioxidants: Pineapples are filled with antioxidants, which help repair damaged cells.
  • Vitamin C: Boosts your dog’s immune system and is anti-inflammatory.
  • Vitamin B6: Important for brain and body functions regulating fluid balance, building proteins, regulating hormones, and supporting neurotransmitters.
  • Minerals: Needed for healthy skin and coat, strong ligaments, and tissues.
  • Bromelain: It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps with skin issues.

This fruit is super healthy, there is no doubt in that, however there is a big but! Even the safest of fruits should still be only used as an occasional treat.

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Pineapple is full of sugar, a healthy kind of sugar, but still sugar! Which is definitely not good for your dog in large amounts. Too much of any fruit or vegetable and actually cause serious health problems.

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Pineapple is a nutrient-filled, healthy fruit

This means that the amount of fruit, in this case, pineapple, which is needed to have any health benefits on your dog, would actually be harmful to them. The amounts of pineapple you’re giving your dog are just not big enough to have any health benefits.

If you want to give your dog a few pieces now and then, that’s definitely not a problem. But don’t think that pineapple is necessary in your dog’s diet.

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Canned pineapple

When we stated that pineapple is safe for dogs as an occasional treat, we mean fresh pineapple. Canned pineapple is a completely different story.

Canned pineapple is usually filled with artificial sugars which are super dangerous for your dog. The problem is the syrup in canned fruits. This is because it contains too much sugar for most dogs’ digestive tracts to handle.

Homemade pineapple treats

Now that you know that pineapple is safe for dogs, you might want to make a few delicious pineapple treats for your dog!

These homemade pineapple treats are really easy to make, but your dog will for sure love them!

The easiest way to feed your dog pineapple would be to make a delicious, but healthy fruit salad for your dog. You could for example mix pineapple with yogurt and other dog-safe fruits like watermelon, blueberries or banana. Just please make sure to not overdo it with the fruit, keep it in moderation.

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You could also simply freeze pineapple and give it to your dog as a refreshing, hydrating treat!

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Surprise your dog with a refreshing pineapple treat!

Pineapple ice cream is another great treat idea! Just puree pineapple and freeze it in ice-cube trays!

Or you could make proper doggie ice cream. For this, you will need to puree yogurt, and dog-safe fresh fruit along with some cooked, pureed sweet potatoes and freeze. Once frozen, scoop it out and offer it as an ice cream snack.