Can I Give My Dog Peaches?

Can I Give My Dog Peaches?Peaches are among the most popular fruits. Has your dog been eyeing this delicious treat from nature?

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You’ll be happy to know that dogs can also enjoy a juicy peach. Sharing isn’t so scary with a bit of knowledge.

You sure can give your dog a peach. Just avoid pitfalls (pun intended) and your precious pet will be okay!

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

The seed inside is the main concern.

Peaches should only be fed to your dog in moderation. Mild cases of diarrhea, or looser stools, are possible if a dog eats too many pure peaches. A more consistent way to add this fruit to a pet pooch’s diet is with a peachy organic dog treat.

And now on to the important subject of peach pits…

Cyanide is the Pits

Cyanide can kill. However, peaches contain only low levels of this harmful chemical compound – just as bananas contain traces of radiation. Nevertheless, always remove the pit.

Cyanide isn’t a problem for your dog if you feed this fruit in small amounts and not regularly.

Amygdalin, the potentially dangerous chemical compound in peaches, is only a factor after several are consumed.

Peach Precautions

So a single pit is unlikely to harm a dog. However, cumulative adverse effects from cyanide are possible. Remember, their organs are smaller than those of a typical person.

If you do feed an occasional peach, it should be seedless. This goes for most other fruits with pits such as pears, plums and apricots.

A peach’s pit (stone) presents a choking hazard more than anything. Pet preparation is a must. More on this further down the page…

Know the Symptoms

Early signs of trouble include dilated pupils, excessive salivation and dizziness.  These symptoms could point to cyanide poisoning.

You should immediately see a veterinarian if your dog ate a bunch of peach pits. Such a situation could lead to seizures, shock and even a coma.

Peach poisoning of pets is certainly possible.

Benefits of Peaches

Here’s the good news: Peaches are very nutritious. Your dog can benefit from the high levels of fiber and vitamin A.

The sweet and juicy peach may even help with bowel movements and, in theory, assist with fighting infections or even cancer. Moderation!

Feeding Fido Fruits

Many fruits contain pits or seeds which can be hazardous to hounds.

They can cause a digestive tract obstruction. Peaches, or nectarines, are often sitting out on the kitchen counter-top.

To prevent food poisoning, or choking, keep your fruit supply well out of reach of your dog.

No Peach Preservatives

Pitless canned peaches aren’t recommended. Canned fruit usually contains a heavy syrup with too much sugar and other preservatives.

Feeding such products could easily be harmful to your dog’s health over the long term. Better to be safe than sorry.

Conclusion on Peaches

A prepared fresh peach is suitable for dogs as an occasional treat. Pit removal is a must and don’t feed peaches often. There’s a cyanide factor but, more importantly, avoid a choking possibility. With some peach precautions your dog will be fine.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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