Mangoes are delicious, sweet, fresh, and healthy! But are they good for canines too?
If you wonder whether dogs should eat mango and how to feed these fruits to pups safely, read on.
We have also added a list of other healthy fruits you can feed to your dog in moderation.
Can Dogs Eat Mango?
The short answer is “yes.” Dogs can eat mango, but only occasionally, in moderation. Plus, they need to be cut into small pieces and have the pit removed to prevent choking and potential bowel obstructions.
When given to the dog in a proper manner, mangoes can actually have multiple benefits for canines.
These tropical fruits have a high content of essential nutrients, such as vitamins A, C, E, and B6, and are also rich in fiber. The fiber is good for the digestive system of canines and can help reduce the weight of the dog. The vitamins will help keep the dog healthy, happy, well, and with a shiny, beautiful coat and skin.
Furthermore, due to their sweetness, most dogs will love eating some mango as an occasional healthy treat.
Should I Feed My Dog the Whole Mango?
In order to prevent unfortunate accidents and health issues, make sure to remove the pit of the fruit and cut the flesh into manageable pieces for your dog. This will help reduce the risk of choking and potentially life-threatening bowel obstruction.
If your dog accidentally eats the mango pit or part of it, monitor it for digestive issues such as constipation, a lack of appetite, or other signs of blockage.
Usually, most dogs won’t have a problem getting the pit out naturally, but if you suspect that your pup is suffering from a blockage, you should contact your vet immediately.
The skin of this delicious and juicy tropical fruit is also a potential choking hazard, especially if the mango is not fully ripened. The reason is that the skin can be slippery and tough and can lead to choking if it is not chewed properly.
This is why it is advisable to peel the fruit and remove the pit before cutting it up and feeding it to your pup!
As always, please take the time to speak with your vet before adding mango or any other human ingredient or food to the dog’s menu.
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What are Some of the Other Healthy Fruits for Pups?
If you are wondering what other fruits you can give your dog as healthy snacks, then here is a list of some of the best fruits for dogs. Remember to prepare them safely and give them to your pup in moderation and as occasional treats.
Fruits That Are Good for Dogs:
- Apples (sans the core and seeds)
- Oranges (only the flesh)
- Pineapples (only the flesh)
Add fruit to your dog’s diet only after consulting with your vet. When feeding fruits with pits or seeds, such as apples, peaches, or others, always remove them carefully.
The amount of fruit you can give your dog depends on its size, age, and health. Dogs that are obese or have diabetes should not eat too much or any fruits because of their high sugar levels in them.
Even healthy and fit dogs should be given fruits as occasional treats only because of the high sugar contained in mangoes and other fruits.
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When introducing mango or any other new food to the menu of your pup, make sure to start with very small quantities at first. After that, monitor the pup for any allergic reactions or digestive issues such as diarrhea or vomiting.
Does your dog like mangoes? Tell us about your experience with feeding mango to pups!