Pineapple is not only safe for dogs, but it is packed with nutrients that support your dog's health.1,2 Pineapple also consists of 82% water, making it a great source of hydration on a warm day.3 Here are some of the nutritional benefits of pineapples that your dog can enjoy:
● Vitamin C: An essential vitamin for building up the immune system and reducing inflammation in the body. It can also help reduce cognitive aging in dogs.
● Thiamine: Helps regulate energy and carbohydrate metabolism.
● Riboflavin and Niacin: Both assist with the regulation of enzyme function.
● Manganese: This mineral helps dogs develop and maintain strong bones and connective tissues.
● Vitamin B6: Helps regulate brain and body functions as they relate to fluid balance within the body. It also assists with building proteins, regulating hormones, immune response, and supporting neurotransmitters within your dog's body.
● Minerals: Support healthy skin and coat, strong ligaments, and tissues.
● Folate: Plays a role in amino acid metabolism and protein synthesis.
● Potassium: An electrolyte necessary for healthy heart and kidney function and the regulation of nerve function.
Like apples and other fruits, pineapple is rich in antioxidants, which may help repair damaged cells. Since dogs are regularly exposed to more toxins in the environment than humans are, antioxidants are crucial in boosting immune-cell function and repairing cell damage caused by day-to-day environmental stress.
While pineapple is packed full of healthy vitamins and minerals, there are parts of the fruit that you should not feed your dog. Just as we remove the spikey skin and hard inner core before serving the fruit to humans, we should do the same for our canine companions. The pineapple core and the skin are far too dense for the dog’s digestive system to break down. These can cause choking or, if eaten, can get stuck in the digestive tract, creating a blockage in the intestines. Only the soft inner fruit of the pineapple is safe for your dog’s digestive system.
Think of pineapple as you would any treat. It is something to be given on special occasions, not a regular or frequent part of your dog’s diet. A few chunks of raw pineapple is enough for most dogs. Before feeding them, be sure they are peeled and sliced into small, bite-sized portions.
Some dogs can have pineapple allergies, and eating too much can cause your dog to have diarrhea or other symptoms of stomach upset. Start with two to three small pieces and monitor your dog. Keep in mind, the smaller the dog, the smaller their digestive system, and so the less fruit you should feed them.
Pineapple is a healthy and refreshing treat both you and your dog can enjoy. But you should always talk to your vet before adding any human food to your dog’s diet. Want to take your pet’s safety one step further? Consider investing in a dog insurance policy from MetLife Pet Insurance.1 Learn more about how pet insurance works, or kick-start your research with a free quote.