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This colorful tropical fruit is the perfect treat for hot summer days. But can dogs eat mangoes? Yes! There are many fruits that are safe for dogs, and mango is one of them! Let’s look at why mangoes are a great sweet treat for your furry companion.

Is Mango Good for Dogs?

Some pet owners are surprised to learn that their dog has just as much of a sweet tooth as any human. If your dog loves to snack on something sweet, a bit of mango is the perfect option. Not only do they taste good, but they’re packed with beneficial nutrients including:

●      Fiber

●      Vitamin A

●      Vitamin B6

●      Vitamin C

●      Vitamin E

These vitamins are important for dog health, and dietary fiber helps keep their digestion easy and regular.3

Safety tips for giving your dog mango

Be sure to take proper precautions when feeding your dog mangoes. This fruit has tough skin that can be difficult to digest, so it’s best to remove it. Mangoes are stone fruits, which means they also contain a hard seed pit. These pose a choking hazard if swallowed by your dog. What’s more, they also contain minute amounts of cyanide. If you have a small breed of dog, these small amounts could be enough to pose a health risk.

If your dog does swallow a mango pit, monitor them closely — it may be able to pass through their body easily. If you notice changes in eating habits, however, that could indicate the pit has become stuck in the digestive tract. Call your vet right away.

How to Feed Your Dog Mango

Mangoes should be given to your dog only when ripe — the skin should be reddish-orange with no hint of green. This ensures the flesh is soft and easy to chew. Be sure to peel the mango, remove the pit, and cut the flesh into small chunks. As with all “people” food, only give mango to your dog in moderation. Too much of the sugary fruit could lead to indigestion and diarrhea.

For a cool treat on a hot day, consider pureeing the mango and freezing it into ice cubes. Don’t add any sugar or juice; mango is sweet enough for your pup on its own!

It Takes Two to Mango

Now that you know all about mangoes and dog nutrition, feel free to enjoy this succulent treat with your pooch! Just remember to prepare it safely and not to overindulge your dog’s sweet tooth. Too much sugar can lead to periodontal disease, and cleanings and extractions can cost upwards of $700.

Still worried about your dog’s mouth? A dog insurance policy from MetLife1 may be able to help cover the cost.2 Read our pet insurance guide to find out if it’s right for you and your furry companions.

Can Dogs Eat Fruits?

Fruits bring many benefits for dogs as they do for humans when fed in moderation. Giving your dog too much fruit, due to its high amount of sugar, can lead to diabetes.

Make sure your dog consumes only the flesh. Rinds, pits, seeds, and other plant material can be dangerous when ingested.

Non-toxic fruits for dogs

Consider these fruits as a treat for your dog:

●      Apples

●      Bananas

●      Blackberries

●      Blueberries

●      Cantaloupe

●      Coconut

●      Mango

●      Oranges (peeled)

●      Peaches

●      Pear

●      Pineapple

●      Raspberries

●      Strawberries

●      Watermelon

Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

While some nuts are not toxic to dogs, nuts in general are not a great snack option for them. Nuts are often a choking hazard and difficult for your dog to digest. Try to avoid nuts when possible.

Non-toxic nuts for dogs

These nuts are considered non-toxic for your dog:

●      Cashews

●      Chestnuts

●      Peanuts

●      Pecans

●      Pistachios (unshelled)

Can dogs eat peanut butter?

Loved by many canine companions, peanut butter is generally safe for dogs. When giving peanut butter as a treat, consider unsalted and homemade peanut butters as the best options for your dog. If you’re opting for store-bought peanut butter, make sure it is free from xylitol, an artificial sweetener that’s dangerous for your pup to consume.

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1Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.

2Provided all terms of the policy are met. Application is subject to underwriting review and approval. Like most insurance policies, insurance policies issued by IAIC and MetGen contain certain deductibles, co-insurance, exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. For costs, complete details of coverage and exclusions, and a listing of approved states, please contact MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.

3”Can Dogs Eat Mangoes?”, American Kennel Club