Updated - Jun 2nd, 2021
It’s a hot summer day and a fruit salad sounds pretty tasty. As you cut up a fresh pineapple, you look down at your beloved pooch intently watching the floor for “drops.” You look back at the sliced pineapple and start wondering, “Is pineapple safe for my dog to eat?”
Great question! Many fruits and vegetables are safe for dogs. Pineapple is one fruit that is not only safe but packs a nutrient-dense punch. It’s a tangy fruit that’s filled with vitamins and minerals that help support your dog’s health and hydration making it a very healthy treat!
All dog-safe fruits are appropriate as an occasional treat if you only offer them at a 10% ratio to your dog’s regular nutritionally balanced dog food. Anything higher than that can cause problems with both digestion and obesity. Raw pineapple contains high levels of sugar at 10%. So should never be a large part of your dog’s balanced diet.
What are the health benefits of pineapple for my dog?
There are many benefits of pineapple, besides its sweet, tangy taste! Let’s look at them:
- Hydration: Pineapples are 82% water, so carry excellent hydration properties if your dog needs additional moisture on a hot day.
- Antioxidants: Help repair damaged cells.
- Vitamin C: Boosts your dog’s immune system and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
- Vitamin B6: An important coenzyme for brain and body functions regulating fluid balance, building proteins, regulating hormones, and supporting neurotransmitters in your dog’s body.
- Minerals: Support healthy skin and coat, strong ligaments, and tissues.
- Bromelain: An enzyme that provides powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also thought to be nature’s histamine and may help with skin issues.
Is pineapple safe for dogs?
Yes, you can give your dog small pineapple chunks. But as with most human foods, there are some precautions to consider. To be safe, small dogs should eat pineapple in small quantities as compared to a large dog that can tolerate larger amounts.
Another consideration is quantity. Treats should never be a replacement for the normal nutritionally balanced diet your dog enjoys. They should only be 10% of your dog’s daily diet.
What parts of the pineapple can my dog eat?
There are parts of a fresh ripe pineapple that we don’t eat, and those hold true for a dog’s digestive system. Only the soft inner fruit is safe for your dog to eat. Therefore, you need to remove the spiky skin and hard inner pineapple core prior to offering the fruit. If your dog eats these parts of the pineapple they cause an intestinal blockage or a choking issue.
Does pineapple have too much sugar for my dog?
High natural sugar content in any fresh fruit can contribute to obesity or raise blood sugar levels. And pineapple has a 10% sugar count, so if your dog has any health problems such as diabetes or obesity, the high sugar content or large amounts of the fruit ingested may impact that. Your vet can advise if the sugar count in pineapple is too much for your dog.
Whenever you offer a novel treat to your pooch, watch carefully for any stomach upsets. Also, gastrointestinal issues such as straining to poop, vomiting, or diarrhea can happen when dogs eat something new. So if you observe any of those symptoms in your dog after eating pineapple, stop offering it, and consult with your dog’s vet.
Can my dog eat canned pineapple?
Canned pineapple is safe for your dog, except when sugar has been added to the fruit. This can impact blood sugar levels, especially if your dog has diabetes. There’s also a chance that some of the nutrients and important enzymes get reduced or eliminated in their effectiveness during the canning process.
For that reason, it’s always better to offer fresh pineapple rather than canned. However, if canned is all you have available, use the type that adds no sugar and rinse it off with water prior to feeding.
Can pineapple stop my dog from eating poop?
Most pet parents have witnessed their furry kids slurping up poop in the yard. It’s sure not the cutest habit they have! It makes it very hard to snuggle up with a dog you saw eat poop in the yard. However, it’s more common than you think and there are loads of theories about how to discourage it and what causes it.
One theory is pineapple will stop your dog from eating poop. Because pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme also present in meat tenderizer (another additive dog owners believe will stop the habit, but it’s an unhealthy remedy). Dog owners have held the belief that bromelain, when ingested, makes poop taste foul, making it less appealing to those dogs that consider it a delicacy.
This unappealing behavior is called coprophagia, a pretty common phenomenon with dogs. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that the bromelain in pineapple will curb this problem. Most vets believe that the most effective way to discourage your dog from eating poop is to clean up immediately, leaving no poop available to ingest.
The American Kennel Club published an interesting article on coprophagia that answers many questions about it and provides some helpful information and advice about why your dog eats poop.
Homemade pineapple treat ideas:
Many human foods make wonderful treats for our canine family members with fresh pineapple a very versatile addition to the menu. There are a ton of dog-friendly pineapple recipes available online, but here are a few simple ways to offer pineapple.
- Mixing it in yogurt with other dog-safe fruits like watermelon bites, blueberries, banana slices produces a healthy fruit salad for your pooch to enjoy. Just make sure the ratios follow the 10 percent rule for treats to avoid too many calories or sugar content.
- Frozen pineapple is a refreshing, hydrating treat on a hot summer day your dog will appreciate!
- Pureed pineapple frozen in ice-cube trays is another tasty treat when your dog needs some extra hydration.
- Doggie ice cream: Puree yogurt, and dog-safe fresh fruit along with some cooked, pureed sweet potatoes and freeze. Once frozen, scoop it out and offer it as an ice cream snack.
- Smoothies: Add Fresh fruits, including pineapple, and veggies pureed with the pineapple juice or yogurt for a healthy smoothie your dog will enjoy lapping up.
Can my dog eat pineapple?
Yes, fresh pineapple is a healthy alternative to packaged treats that may contain too many fats or additives. It’s packed with hydration properties as well as nutrients that support your dog’s overall health. The tangy fruit may not be appealing to all dogs, but many find it delicious in smoothies or doggie ice cream.