For many of us, summer equals delicious fruit. Peaches and nectarines included!
Naturally, your dog would like to have what you’re having.
So, is it safe to share some peaches and nectarines or should you keep them to yourself?
Newsflash – dogs love to eat and most of them will try anything they come across! However, it’s not uncommon to discover the hard way that your dog ate something it shouldn’t have and that’s bad for dogs. In order to avoid that, it’s your responsibility as a dog owner to know what your dog can and can’t eat.
So, today we’re taking a look at two juicy fruits – peaches and nectarines. Let’s start with peaches!
Can I Give My Dog Peaches?
Yes, peaches are in general safe for dogs to have. Furthermore, dogs tend to love peaches and they’re quite healthy as well! So, they can be a great snack or treat and a great addition to your dog’s regular diet.
However, there are some guidelines you have to follow if you want your dog to enjoy peaches without any problems. Most importantly – you have to remove the pit. We’ll get to the details in a bit, but first let’s see what makes peaches so healthy.
Why Are Peaches Healthy?
- Rich in vitamins A and C
- A great source of minerals and antioxidants
- Have properties that fight various types of cancer
- Rich in proteins, which is great for repairing tissue and healing of wounds
- Boost the overall immune system and fight against infections
- Keep the skin healthy and fight off skin infections
- Improve liver and kidney functions by removing toxins from the body
- High in fiber
- Relatively low in calories which makes them a great treat for training your dog.
How Do I Serve Peaches?
Peaches can be such a great treat for your dog IF you serve it the right way. So, how do you achieve that?
It’s actually pretty simple! All you have to do is to remove the pit and serve only the flesh of a ripe peach. Peach pits, just like apple pits, contain cyanide, a compound toxic to dogs if they have it in big amounts. Even though it usually takes more than one pit for the dog to become intoxicated, you should still remove the pit as cyanide isn’t the only risk.
Namely, peach pits are really dangerous as dogs can choke on them. This could lead to a blockage in the digestive tract and complicate things further. Besides, your dog can harm its teeth and jaw by chewing on the pit.
Also, remove all pits from the trash if you have a dog who’s raiding the bin. If you have a peach tree in your garden don’t let your dog eat the leaves and stems as they’re toxic as well. Finally, clean the peach well before you give it to your dog as the skin is usually filled with pesticides and preservatives.
What Do I Do If My Dog Swallows A Pit?
If your dog swallows a peach pit, look out for these signs of intoxication:
- Excessive drooling
- Heavy breathing
- Dilated pupils
Once again, the chances of this happening are very slim, but it’s not impossible, especially if you have a small dog. If you suspect that your dog has swallowed a pit, take him or her to the vet as soon as possible.
Can Dogs Eat Canned Peaches?
Contrary to fresh peaches, canned ones shouldn’t be given to dogs. Namely, canned peaches contain a lot of artificial sweeteners and preservatives which are really bad for dogs. Besides, the syrup that the canned peaches come in is filled with sugar and is naturally very harmful to dogs and can lead to stomach problems. So, the answer is – no, dogs shouldn’t eat canned peaches.
Now, what about the “smooth skin mutation of peach”?
Can Dogs Eat Nectarines?
Yes! Just like peaches, dogs can safely consume nectarines and enjoy this fruit with you. And just like peaches, nectarines can be quite beneficial to dogs and they can enjoy the many benefits. But, you have to be careful here too as nectarine pits also contain cyanide.
Nectarines and peaches are similar to the eye, the biggest difference being that nectarines have a smooth skin while peaches have fuzzy skin. Their benefits are also quite similar. Let’s take a look!
Why Are Nectarines Beneficial?
- Rich in minerals
- Contain beta-carotene, just like carrots
- Source of vitamin A, which keeps the skin, teeth and bones healthy
- Rich in fibers, which help with digestion
- Contain potassium that contribute to a general health
- Los in calories, which make them a great treat for training your dog
Can Nectarines Be Dangerous?
Even though the flesh of ripe nectarines is perfectly safe to give to your dog – and is even healthy – nectarines can be quite dangerous if your don’t remove the pit. Just like the peach pit, the pits in nectarines also contain the toxic ingredient cyanide.
Besides being an intoxication risk, the pits are especially dangerous as they can be a choking hazard. In order to avoid blockage, always slice up pieces and give to your dog directly from your hand.
Finally, if you’re growing fruit at home, don’t let your dog be near the fallen fruits as they’re really dangerous to dogs. Namely, when fruit decomposes it produces ethanol. Alcohol, as you probably know, is really toxic to dogs. And just like with peaches, avoid canned nectarines as they’re full of sugar and undesirable ingredients to dogs.
For more information on fruit pits and why they’re dangerous to dogs, check out the video below!
How Much Nectarines Should Dogs Have?
Just like with any fruit or vegetable, moderation is the key. Don’t go overboard as you will do more harm than good for your dog. Nectarines can be really healthy in moderate amounts and should be used as a treat or an occasional snack.
If you go overboard, chances are your dog will experience stomach problems and diarrhea. There’s no need to overdo it; your dog will benefit from the small amount, but only have problems if he or she eats too much fruit.
Great news! Both nectarines and peaches are safe to give your dog and can be really healthy. Both of these fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibers and have antioxidant properties. Besides, they’re relatively low in sugar which makes them great snacks and treats when training your dog.
However, you ALWAYS have to remove the pit from these fruits for two reasons. One – the pits contain cyanide which is toxic to dogs and can cause intoxication. Two – the pits represent choking hazards and can get stuck and cause an obstruction. Besides the pit, don’t let your dog have the green parts or the stem of these fruits as they’re toxic too.
Finally, serve only in moderation. No matter how healthy a fruit or a vegetable is, there’s no need to go overboard and give your dog big amounts. On the contrary; it will only cause problems. Treat (safe) fruits and vegetables as a supplement to your dog’s diet, not as a replacement.