Can Dogs Eat Pineapples? Yes, your dog can eat pineapple as a small treat. However, as the fruit is rich in sugar, dogs should only eat pineapple in moderation.
It is also said to help with dogs that suffer from coprophagia – which is the act of eating their own feces. More on that later however.
Can Dogs Eat Pineapples – The benefits
In small amounts, pineapple is beneficial for your dog. The fruit is rich in fructose, fiber, vitamin and mineral content. Your dog can eat pineapple to boost its immune system and improve digestion.
On the subject of digestion – another very handy aspect of pineapple in a dogs diet is the fact it contains bromelain.
Bromelain is an enzyme that helps decompose protein. Protein is very important to a dog. By giving your dog pineapple you are increasing his ability to absorb this protein. In essence from the dogs increased ability to digest, he is able to absorb more essential elements from the food that he consumes.
Pineapple also has a high concentration of manganese and vitamin C. A dog is able to produce its own vitamin C, however there are conditions where this ability does not function as it should. If your dog eats pineapple, it will give them a much-needed boost.
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple – Stop A Dog Eating its Poop
Cocrophagia is a very common condition in dogs. It is brought on by any number of issues.
For an in depth article on why a dog might be eating its own feces, head here.
One of the preventative measures against coprophagia is to feed your dog a small amount of pineapple.
In one theory, a dog will eat its poop because it has a weak digestive system. There remain undigested nutrients within the poop, so the dog goes back for seconds.
As stated, pineapple has the effect of increasing the dog’s digestive capabilities. Therefore there is little goodness left within the poop after eating the fruit.
Another theory as to why dogs should eat pineapple to stop them eating their own feces, is due to the fact it plainly makes it taste bad. Feed your dog a little pineapple and he will no longer wish to play around with his poop.
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple – Precautions
Obviously you should remove the skin of the pineapple and cut the pineapple into small pieces. Then, one or two slices of pineapple are all you should feed your dog in one sitting. Too much at any one time may cause diarrhea. This is due to the high level of sugar pineapple has.
- To read what the ASPCA has to say about coprophagia head here.
- For the hard nutritional facts of the average pineapple, head here.
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Can dogs eat pineapple? If you have any comments on your own experiences with feeding your dog pineapple please leave them below.