Can Dogs Eat Pineapple? How About A Pupper Piña Colada?
Yes, dogs can eat pineapple! Hooray! Because today, you and your furry sidekick are going to cure those winter blues with a tropical treat.
The blustery, wet, general blah-ness of January can dampen the mood of even the most upbeat pup, so we’re going to crank up the heat, have an indoor picnic, and play a faux-beach round of fetch with pineapple close at hand (or paw).
The ABCs Of Pineapple For Dogs
“But wait,” you ask. “Can dogs eat pineapple as a treat?” Before we get into the details, we’re going to give you a simple way to remember the basics. As always, talk to your vet with any questions about foods your dog can eat.
A: Always In Moderation
As with all human foods, you should only give your doggo this sweet treat in small doses. When shared in moderation, pineapple has many benefits for dogs, but if you let them overindulge, it can cause digestive problems. Since pineapple has high sugar and fiber content, stick to one to two small pieces once every few days. If your dog reacts well to that dose, you can give them a small piece every day.
B: Bromelain Benefits
The number one benefit of feeding your dog pineapple is that it contains the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain helps break down protein, which is a key nutrient for a dog’s health. Most dogs absorb protein with no problem, but when protein isn’t being absorbed efficiently, it can lead to nutrient deficiency and requires veterinary attention. Pineapple for dogs is a simple way to help improve nutrient absorption. Even if your doggo appears to be in great health, the bromelain from a few slices of raw pineapple (not canned!) will boost their protein absorption even more!
C: Cure For Coprophagia
Coprophagia is the medical term for when your dog eats their own poop. It isn’t pretty, and there are a few possible causes for why they’re snacking on their own waste, like a parasite in their digestive system or leftover inherited behavior. It could stem from a weak digestive system. If a dog isn’t properly absorbing nutrients, they might look to other, less savory options for more nutrients — like poop.
Lucky for you, and your poop-eating pooch, pineapple for dogs is a tasty solution for coprophagia. The bromelain in pineapple helps boost nutrient absorption, which can eliminate the need to eat feces. Make sure to check with your vet to rule out other causes of coprophagia, and ask for the go-ahead to introduce raw pineapple into your pup’s diet.
Related: Eww! Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?
Is Pineapple Good For Dogs?
Yes! Not only can dogs eat pineapple, but it also has many benefits for them! Many fruits are safe for dogs to eat in moderation, while following a few precautions like removing seeds, peels, and stems. Raw pineapple is no different. In fact, feeding dogs pineapple can have a slew of health benefits thanks to its nutrient-packed goodness.
Pineapple contains folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, and vitamins C and B6. The tropical fruit is also loaded with minerals like potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, and manganese, as well as smaller amounts of calcium and zinc.
These vitamins and minerals make pineapple a healthy and tasty snack for your pup — just make sure to share it with them responsibly. In small doses, the natural sugar and fructose found in pineapples won’t harm your dog or cause weight gain the way that processed sugars will.
How Can Dogs Eat Pineapples?
If you want to introduce this snack to your pup, follow these three simple rules.
- Only feed them fresh cut pineapple, never canned or prepackaged. These are often are stored in a pineapple juice that is full of preservatives and sugar.
- Only feed them one to two small slices every few days. The high fiber and natural sugar in pineapple for dogs can wreak havoc on their digestive system if it’s eaten in large amounts. Stop sharing pineapple with your pup if they show any signs of gastrointestinal upset, like loose stool or more frequent gas and bowel movements.
- Only feed them the soft, fleshy meat of the pineapple, and never the core or tough skin, which can both cause an obstruction.
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple Core?
No way! The tough, central core of the pineapple has the potential to cause obstructions, as does the spiny skin. Stick to the pineapple flesh for your dog’s safety.
If you suspect that your curious pup has eaten some of the leaves or skin of a pineapple, call your vet immediately as it can cause serious obstruction or discomfort.
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple? Yes!
The DogPack crew wants to help keep your pup happy and healthy, so please remember to check with your vet before starting any new health routines or adding new foods to their diet. Just like us, each pup has a unique body and may respond differently to certain foods.
When introducing a new food into their diet, start slowly with one small piece every other day. Once you are sure that their puppy tummy can handle the food, you can increase the amount so they get a daily tropical treat!