Can I Give My Dog a Plum?

Can Dogs Eat Plums?Your pet pooch will probably pounce for a plum. You’ll be happy to know this fruit is safe for dogs assuming you take a few precautions.

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You can feed your dog a plum, or two, on occasion but always remove the pit. It does contain cyanogenic glycosides or cyanide which obviously has toxicity.

But more concerning is the potential for an intestinal blockage. This is easily preventable if you do some preparation before serving your dog a plum.

Can I Give My Dog a Plum? Answer: Yes, no pits

They are not a dangerous fruit for Fido when you do it right.

Use moderation whenever you feed your dog delicious plums. Though they are healthy, the high sugar content isn’t something you want to load your buddy up on.

So, in our humble opinion, keep a plum as a special treat.

Problem w/ Plum Pits

Not just with plums, peaches and apricots and many other fruits contain pits which can be harmful for dogs. If crushed it can actually release some measurable cyanide.

If enough is eaten it could cause a furry friend can get sick to. It’s toxic. The pit part of a plum can also be sharp which can damage your dog’s insides, the esophagus in particular.

This is in addition to the possibility of the seed just being a general choking hazard. So you see, plums can be dangerous for a dog if no preparation is done beforehand.

The Nutritional Upsides

It’s not all bad news with plums. In fact, they can be good for your dog when fed in moderation. This fruit contains a decent amount of vitamin C and it’s known to provide a boost to the immune system.

A plum is made up of mostly water, at approximately 87%! It will help to hydrate your overheated hound in the hot summer months. Dogs can always use hydration after running around in the sun.

Adding Plum to Meals

Here’s an idea. Cut up a fresh plum and use it to top off your dog’s regular meal. This fruit will compliment a canine’s regular chow.

This way you’ll deliver a plum taste but with less chance of digestive issues. Otherwise, your best bet is to give your dog a small amount of plum to see how they digest it.

Remember that animals don’t handle fruits as well as people typically do. This doesn’t mean that your dog can’t handle a plum but uncontrolled amounts aren’t recommended!

Plums are Like Peaches

When it comes to allowing your dog to partake in a food like the plum, it is very similar to other fruits such as peaches and even apples.

One thing they all have in common is that you should be involved in how a precious pet gets to consume these nutritious gifts from nature.

Conclusion on Plums

You can share a plum with your dog. This fruit won’t cause harm, that is, unless you don’t do proper plum preparation. Only feed the tasty flesh by removing the pit. Do this and ration Rover’s plum portions and you’ll have a happy and healthy dog.

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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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