Can I Give My Dog Peaches?

Can I Give My Dog Peaches?Health conscious folks, dog owners included, eat a lot of fruits and peaches are one of the most popular. From May through September, this delicious and juicy fruit may be on Fido’s radar.

No doubt, dogs enjoy peaches and will happily wolf one down. The problem isn’t finding tasty snacks for your dog but knowing which ones aren’t harmful. As such, peaches are a big question mark.

Let’s cover the pros and cons regarding peaches for your pet. Afterwards, you’ll have made up your own mind regarding the appropriateness of this excellent fruit.

Can I Give My Dog Peaches? Answer: Yes, occasionally but never the pit

The fruit itself isn’t harmful but the seed inside is what you need to be mindful of.

Mild cases of canine diarrhea or looser stools are possible after eating a few peaches. However, we’re more concerned with the peach pits and the potential dangers! You may have heard something about how the seeds inside peaches contain cyanide which, of course, can be deadly. Let’s put it into proper perspective instead of focusing on scary rumors.

Cyanide is the Pits

It’s true that cyanide can kill human beings and certainly a pet dog. Peaches do have low levels of this harmful chemical compound just as bananas contain traces of radiation. So, be smart and keep peaches out of the reach of your dog all together. While you aren’t interested in eating the pit at the center of a juicy peach, your dog may view it as the best part!

Poisoning Problem Solved

Depending on the size of your dog, a single pit probably won’t harm them but cumulative adverse effects from cyanide are possible. Make no mistake, your dog is more prone to peach pit poisoning because their body and organs are smaller than those of a typical person.

If you do feed your dog an occasional peach, it should be under your supervision. Personally prepare the seedless peach for them. This also goes for most other fruits containing pits such as pears, plums and apricots.

Symptoms to Watch For

If your dog may have eaten a peach pit, don’t panic. Just know what to look for! Early signs of trouble include dilated pupils, excessive salivation and dizziness. These symptoms point to cyanide poisoning assuming they’ve consumed some potentially harmful peach seeds. In such a case, immediately see a vet. If left unchecked some serious medical issues may develop such as seizures, shock and even a coma.

Of course, the best course of action is preventative. Again, always keep your peaches away from your dog(s).

The Health Benefits

Let’s not lose sight of the fact that peaches are actually a healthy fruit. Your dog may actually benefit from the high levels of fiber and vitamin A. The sweet and juicy peach may even help with bowel movements and, in theory, they may even assist with fighting infections or even cancer!

Fruits for Dogs in General

Many fruits contain pits or seeds which can be hazardous to dogs. At the very least they can cause an obstruction inside your canine’s digestive tract. Such foods are often left out on the kitchen counter-top, including peaches, creating some real dangers for dogs. It cannot be emphasized enough, to prevent food poisoning or choking, keep your entire fruit supply out of reach.

Perhaps a better way to serve this healthy fruit is with a high-quality peachy organic dog treat!

Canned Peach Products

Pitless canned peaches are not a recommended alternative. Canned fruit, in general, usually contains a heavy syrup with too much sugar and other preservatives. It may be harmful to your dog’s health over the long term. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Conclusion on Peaches

Prepared peaches are okay, as an occasional treat or snack, but avoid exposing your dog to certain dangers associated with this delicious fruit. Never let them consume any without proper preparation which always includes removing the pit. Many people feed a cut up peach to their dogs during the hot summer months. Doing so is normal, and even healthy, if you are well-informed and take a few common sense precautions.

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Katherine March, 2015

My husband and I process fresh fruit and just make a sugar and water base syrup, and of course, with no pits. Are these peaches permissible to give our canine friend?

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Taylor August, 2015

Fresh peaches offer many nutritional benefits for dogs but any sugary syrup does not. Too much sugar can lead to obesity, dental issues and diabetes in dogs. This is especially true considering most pet parents don’t brush their dogs’ teeth, ever. Syrup is just a bad idea.

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Marilea November, 2014

I think that if I give my Pitbull 5 to 7 slices of canned peaches once a year it will not kill her. I have been berated by my rescue leader for giving my dogs grapes but I have never had a negative reaction. We have just been lucky I guess. But, I have also never seen a bad reaction to using garlic as treatment for worms either.

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Georgi July, 2015

As a vet I have seen anemia from garlic, renal failure from grapes and raisins. Also, as of tonight, I’ve seen cyanide toxicity from cherries. If you know they are toxic to animals, why would you risk finding out the hard way? Most intoxications are accidental or the result of ignorance. To know grapes and garlic are harmful but feed them anyway is asking for trouble!

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Taylor August, 2015

I agree with Georgi because grapes and garlic are notorious for causing harm to dogs. Just because a pet parent has never personally seen a bad reaction doesn’t mean the foods aren’t harmful. My dog once ate a bar of baking chocolate with no ill effects, but that doesn’t mean I continued to give her chocolate. When dealing with pets’ health, it’s always better to err on the side of caution rather than face the potentially life-threatening side effects.

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Shadow November, 2014

What about canned peaches in 100% juice, such as

It lists the ingredients as peaches, peach juice, pear juice, natural flavors and Ascorbic acid. While dogs can make some Vitamin C on their own, research that I’ve done doesn’t appear to indicate that Ascorbic acid would be harmful. Obviously moderation is key, you wouldn’t want to feed a whole can to them. But since it’s just peaches packed in nothing but 100% fruit juice and Vitamin C, I don’t think a little bit would be any worse that fresh peaches. Especially when compared to fruit canned in heavy syrup.

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Taylor August, 2015

The peach and pair “juice” are the issues with canned peaches. Even though it may be 100% fruit juice, the sugar content is still higher than in fresh peaches. A single serving of the Delmonte peaches contains 21g (14g if drained) of sugar, yet only 1g of fiber due to removal of the nutritious skin. Although the canned and fresh peaches may seem nutritionally similar, non-preserved foods are always healthier.

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Shadow August, 2015

I agree, but again, moderation is key. If I am eating some peaches and give my 40 pound dog a little slice of my peaches, it’s not the end of the world. But if I had a little 5 pound dog, I wouldn’t give them a whole can. I am sure there’s far more sugar in kinds packed in syrup, even the drained ones, than in regular juice. Regardless, anything in significant quantity can be harmful in one way or another. Moderation cannot be stressed enough.

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Terence February, 2014

Commercially produced dog treats are fortified with synthetic vitamins which are not as effective as natural vitamins. Some are filled with unhealthy ingredients. Treats from China have been known to cause harm to dogs. It’s safer to give dogs treats from veggies like sliced carrots or baby carrots or fruits such as bananas, papayas, etc.

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