Throughout Southeast Asia, durian is known as the king of fruits. It’s a large, intense fruit with a thick outer husk covered in sharp, pointy spikes. And if that’s not enough to pique your interest, maybe its smell will.
It has a smell so putrid that it has been banned from hotels and public transportation around the globe! Yet despite its foul-smelling odor, it has a sweet, custardy taste that’s highly enjoyable for many foodies.
But is it safe for your dog? Absolutely!
However, that doesn’t mean you should feed your dog a durian-rich diet. And there are a couple of things you should avoid when giving it to your beloved pooch. That being said, there are a ton of health boosts they’ll receive from consuming durian.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits and things you should avoid when giving durian to your dogs.
Benefits of Giving Your Dog Durian Fruit
Aside from being culinarily adventurous, durian fruit is packed to the brim with essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, vitamin A, potassium, iron, calcium, and much more! It’s considered by many to be a superfruit due to its high level of nutrition.
It’s similar to avocado in that it’s full of healthy fats. Dogs need healthy fats to help them retain calories for long working or playing sessions. Also, high-fat fruits such as durian are an excellent way to help your dog pack on a few pounds if they’re having trouble gaining weight on their own.
Durian also has a great deal of soluble fiber that breaks down to contribute to overall positive gut health. If your dog is lacking in fiber and has GI tract issues, you may want to consider using durian fruit as a healthy fiber source.
The fruit’s flesh contains tons of antioxidants as well. These are compounds that neutralize free radicals within your pup’s body that can ultimately lead to illnesses and cancer. Along with the antioxidants, particular compounds within the fruit actually help prevent atherosclerosis and reduce the risk of heart disease.
What to Avoid When Feeding Your Dog Durian Fruit
Just because durian fruit can be a powerful additive to your dog’s diet doesn’t mean you can just go tossing it to them whenever the mood strikes. There are a few things you should avoid when feeding your dog durian.
First, the seeds can be very dangerous if consumed in mass quantities. Similar to cherry pits, the seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide. However, it’s going to take more than just one seed to do some real damage. The cyanide would have to be extracted and concentrated for a realistic dose to be harmful. Either that or your pup would have to gorge themselves on pure durian seeds. And if that’s the case, you’d have other pressing issues at hand.
The seeds aren’t easily digestible. And after consuming several, they may cause blockage of your pup’s GI tract. This can lead to all sorts of issues including fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain.
Another part of the fruit you should avoid giving your dog is the rind. While the rind doesn’t contain any toxic compounds, it’s very tough to chew. Not only is it thick like leather, but it’s covered in sharp pointed spikes that can cause some serious damage to your pup.
Like any food not specifically designed for dogs, you need to practice moderation when feeding durian to your pooch. While it can be an extremely nutritious snack, it does contain natural sugars and fibers. These can help attribute to doggy obesity, diabetes, diarrhea, and constipation over time.
Should I Feed My Dog Durian?
Whether or not you feed your pup durian is entirely up to you. If you can stomach the stench and enjoy the flavor, it’s a great thing to keep around. And it won’t harm your pup at all if you feed them some on occasion.
However, you need to be careful to keep the seeds away from them along with the rind. The seeds can cause internal damage when swallowed, and the rind will give anybody a sharp surprise if mishandled.
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