Dog Health, Pet Tips

Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?

March 23, 2023

Our local grocery store recently had a sale on pineapple.  My partner and I both really enjoy pineapple, so I bought a few.  Cut to our kitchen counter with pineapples sitting on it for the weeks it took them to actually get ripe.  Oh well, at least they were good once they were finally ready!  I remember in my rabbit keeping days that I would often give my bunnies small pieces of pineapple as treats.  I read that the enzymes in pineapple can help rabbits digest the excess hair they consume from grooming.  But what about dogs?  Can dogs eat pineapple?

Pineapples are Nontoxic to Dogs!

Good news for all you pineapple fans, pineapples are not toxic to dogs and are safe, in moderation, to feed.  Although you’ll want to keep the tough outer skin and central core away from your dog, if you’re snacking on pineapple and drop a piece you shouldn’t have to worry about it if Fido gets to it before you can.

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Are There Any Benefits to Feeding Pineapples to Dogs?

Pineapples are typically between 82% and 86% water.  This can make them a refreshing, hydrating treat, especially on a hot summer day.  Pineapples contain beneficial nutrients including vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, copper, and iron.  Many of these nutrients can help support general health, including immune and GI health.

Pineapple also contains antioxidants, which can help protect against the damaging effects of free radicals.  Bromelain present in the fruit can act as a natural histamine, and may help dogs suffering from allergies.  Pineapple is also high in fiber, again making it beneficial for digestive health.

Are There Any Drawbacks to Feeding Dogs Pineapple?

Pineapples, like many other fruits, are high in natural sugars.  It makes them taste delicious, but a bit less healthy for dogs.  Foods high in sugar can lead to GI upset in some dogs, and shouldn’t be offered to dogs suffering from diabetes or weight issues.

The hard core and tough skin of pineapples should be kept away from dogs.  These parts of a pineapple are very difficult for dogs to digest, and could lead to impaction.

Dogs can be allergic to pineapples and other fruits.  Go slowly and offer small pieces only if your dog has never tried pineapple before.  Look out for symptoms of allergies such as hives, itchiness, GI upset, swelling especially around the face, and difficulty breathing.  Speak to your veterinarian if any of these symptoms occur.

How to Feed Pineapple to Your Dog

I don’t feed my own dogs pineapple often.  When I do, I offer them small pieces of fresh fruit.  Stay away from canned, dried, or otherwise prepacked fruit as these often contain added ingredients such as sugars that will be more likely to make your dog sick.  When it comes to fruit, fresh, and in moderation, is best!

My senior papillon, Kitsune, seems to enjoy pineapple.  I don’t know if that’s saying much, though, as he’s a foodie and enjoys most things!  My other dog, Fenrir the Alaskan Klee Kai, rarely eats pineapple when it’s offered to him.  He’s a really picky eater.

Comment below!  Do you like pineapples?  Have you ever offered your dog a piece to try?  Did he/she seem to like it?

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