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Your pet pooch will probably pounce for a plum if given the chance.
Good news! With some basic precautions, your dog can partake in this fabulous fruit.
First and foremost, be sure to always remove the plum’s pit. Doing so is absolutely essential for the following reasons:
- The pit contains cyanogenic glycosides (cyanide) which is obviously toxic.
- It also presents a choking hazard.
Keep reading as there’s much more to learn…
Your Dog Can Have a Pitless Plum
Occasionally feeding this fruit is perfectly fine. Do the basic prep work and there is no harm in sharing.
And, of course, don’t get carried away when sharing delicious plums.
While healthy, the high sugar content isn’t something dogs should have too often or too much of.
Restrict plums as a special treat only.
Pits Are Problematic
Not only plums but peaches, apricots and many other fruits have pits.
Make no mistake about it:
All pits can be detrimental for a precious pet dog! Let’s get specific…
The Cyanide Factor
If crushed, the pit can actually release measurable levels of cyanide.
A best buddy could get sick if enough is eaten. After all, there’s a level of toxicity.
Shape And Sharpness
The pit part of a plum can also be super sharp. This can damage your dog’s insides (particularity the esophagus).
And, again, the seed presents a choking hazard.
So you see…
Plums can be dangerous for your dog if you fail to prepare them beforehand.
The plum contains a decent amount of vitamin C. It may provide an immune system boost.
All that is great but…
What we really like is that plums are made up of mostly water (approximately 87%)!
It will help hydrate an overheated hound, especially in the hot summer months. Dogs can always use hydration after running around in the sun.
Add Plum to Meals
Here’s an idea:
Cut up a fresh plum. Then, use it to top off your dog’s regular meal.
This fruit will absolutely compliment a canine’s regular chow.
This way you will deliver a plum taste (but with less chance of digestive issues).
Otherwise, give your dog a bit of plum and see how they digest it.
But just remember that animals do not typically handle fruits as well as people do. This doesn’t mean that your dog can’t handle a plum.
The key is to feed controlled amounts!
Plums Like Peaches
Allowing your dog to have a plum is similar to how sharing many other types of fruits should be approached, whether it be peaches and even apples.
The common thread:
Be proactive when it comes to how your pet gets to consume fruits ie. be aware of the dangers.
The Bottom Line
You can feed your dog the occasional plum.
It’s a good treat. The fruit itself isn’t harmful when simple prep work is done.
Basically, only feed the plum’s tasty flesh. Removing the pit is of utmost importance.
Also ration Rover’s plum portions. The result is you’ll have a happy and healthy dog.
One thought on “What You Must Know Before Feeding Your Dog a Plum!”
All my dogs love to eat the plums that fall from our tree. I rake up the fallen plums every day, but some fall at night and the dogs race out to get them in the morning. It’s good to know plums are OK. I know, most of the time, the pits go through their intestines just fine. I always worry that one of the pits will be cracked and the cyanide will hurt a dog. So far so good!