Can Dogs Eat Pineapple? Are Pineapples Safe For Dogs?

Dogs love eating anything that they can get their paws on. They don’t seem to have a problem eating stuff that we wouldn’t touch, such as old food, garbage in general, and even poop. Even though they tend to enjoy the gross stuff in life, dogs also typically enjoy healthy foods as part of their regular diet. They can eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to improve their health. One healthy fruit that you can feed your dog is pineapples! They have health benefits for pooches just like they do for humans.

Of course, your dog shouldn’t eat nothing but pineapple at mealtime, but a few pieces of fresh pineapple chunks added to their meals or introduced into their snacks wouldn’t be anything to worry about. In fact, there are a few health benefits that your pooch can take advantage of by enjoying fresh pineapple during snack or mealtime. If you want to learn more about feeding pineapple to your dog, read on. We put together a comprehensive pineapple guide for dogs.

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The Benefits of Feeding Pineapple to Your Dog

The pineapple is full of nutrients that benefit dogs just as much as humans. Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C, which can help keep your dog’s immune system in good health. It’s also high in fiber, which will keep your pooch’s digestive system regular. All the fiber can help keep your pooch feeling full and satisfied between meals too.

Pineapple is a great alternative to dog chews and hides, which can be dangerous for dogs because they can create a choking hazard that fresh pineapple chunks simply don’t.  What’s more, pineapple can help make your dog’s meals tastier and more interesting over time.

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Pineapple Feeding Ideas and Guidelines

Feeding your pooch too much pineapple in one sitting can lead to digestive problems like diarrhea. Therefore, it’s a good idea to introduce just a couple of fresh chunks of pineapple into your dog’s meals or snacks at first. Once they seem to handle the fruit well, you can give them a chunk or two whenever you have fresh pineapple available. Your dog will likely enjoy eating chunks of plain pineapple, but there are quite a few feeding ideas to take advantage of.

Make a Smoothie

You can blend a few chunks of pineapple with a tablespoon of flaxseed and half a banana to create the ultimate dog smoothie.

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Blend and Combine

Blend a few chunks of pineapple up, and mix it in with your dog’s commercial food or coat dog treats with it. You can also mix it into a blend of flour and eggs to create your own dog treats. Just mix a cup of flour, 2 eggs, and blended pineapple to make a dough. Then, form the dough into several small balls, and bake them at 350 degrees until slightly browned. Let cool, then serve the treats just as you would commercial ones!

Praise Good Behaviors

Pineapple chunks can be used just like commercial treats when praising your dog for a job well done. When your pooch does something you enjoy, show them your appreciation by offering them a chunk or two of pineapple pieces.

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Final Thoughts

Now you know how pineapple can benefit your dog’s health, and you have a few ideas about how to feed your dog this superfood. There is no reason to shy away from this tropical fruit, as long as you’re willing to get rid of the exterior “armor” that it’s naturally grown inside of. Have you ever fed pineapple to your dog? If so, let us know about your experiences in the comments section below.


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