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Papaya is one of the best fruits around. The enzymes are especially great for gut health.
But what about for your dog?
Here’s the deal:
Go easy and your best buddy can also benefit from eating portioned out papaya.
Introduce those valuable nutrients, but do so without getting carried away!
Your Dog Can Have Papaya
Just be smart about it. That means you have to remove the seeds and peel away the air-exposed exterior.
Done right, fresh papaya is an excellent addition to your dog’s diet.
If nothing else, it is rich in fiber which can improve their digestion.
But it cannot be stressed enough:
Avoid giving a whole bunch. You never know how your dog will handle a new food — especially when it comes to fruits.
Caution: Dehydrated fruits tend to be too sweet. Dehydrated papaya is not recommended, particularly for diabetic dogs.
Supplement Form Papaya
Papaya enzyme tablets have a similar effect to providing your canine with fresh papaya. These supplements are available in stores selling health products.
If your dog weighs 50 pounds or more, you may be able to give them an adult dose but check with your vet first.
Obviously, smaller dogs must take a lower dosage.
The Many Health Benefits
Aside from treating indigestion, bloating and flatulence, there are other benefits that your dog can receive from papaya.
This super food is rich in vitamins and minerals that are not only beneficial to people but dogs as well.
In addition to fiber, papaya also contains vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and potassium.
It’s also a good source of magnesium and calcium, which is great for growth.
Further, it can help to prevent heart problems and atherosclerosis.
Last but not least, your dog may also have more energy and a strengthened immune system.
The Bottom Line
Papaya is safe for dogs.
With that being said, some basic preparation is necessary. Be sure to remove the peel and seeds.
Also avoid overfeeding. Keep papaya portions reasonable and see how your dog’s stomach reacts.
That’s right. This fruit could certainly cause irregular bowel movements.
But, in general, feeding your dog portioned papaya is a good idea. After all, it’s healthy!