Can Dogs Eat Nectarines?
Can dogs eat nectarines? It’s a question many dog owners have asked.
When we’re enjoying a snack, it’s always tempting to give our dog a piece — especially when they come right up to us and give us the puppy dog eyes. Fortunately, there are many fruits and vegetables that are safe and even healthy to let your dog snack on — but some are not, and it’s always important to be careful and do your research.
So what about nectarines?
Can Dogs Eat Nectarines?
The short answer is yes, you can feed nectarines to your dog. Like many other fruits, they’re a beneficial snack that can be used for training or just a nice sweet treat.
Are They Safe?
In moderation, nectarines are perfectly safe for your canine companion. Just be sure to remove the pit.
Are They Healthy?
Nectarines contain a lot of vitamins needed for dogs, so yes, they’re healthy. It’s important not to give your dog too much of them though, as the high fiber can disrupt their stomach. They’re also high in sugar so you should only give your dog a piece of fresh nectarine, not the canned version — which also has too many preservatives to be truly healthy for your dog.
Potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, and vitamin C are all present in nectarines. They’re also high in fiber which, in moderation, is good for your dog.
That means that when sharing only a little piece of this fruit at a time with your pup, it has definite health benefits and is a great treat.
It’s also low in calories, which makes it a great choice for a training treat.
As with anything new, you should start out by feeding your dog only a small piece. Many dogs can have allergies or reactions to things we would never expect, so give them a little bit and monitor them before allowing them any more.
If you give them too much, they might have stomach upset due to the high fiber and sugar, especially if they aren’t used to eating it.
The pit needs to be removed because it’s a choking hazard. Not only this, but it contains small traces of cyanide, which means your dog is at risk of poisoning. Although it’s unlikely due to the traces being minimal, it’s not unheard of, particularly in puppies and small breeds.
What To Do If Your Dog Swallows The Pit
If your dog swallows the pit by accident, don’t panic. If they didn’t choke on it, it’s time to keep an eye on them for signs of cyanide poisoning. The chances are low, but you can never be too safe.
Signs of poisoning include:
- Dilated pupils
- Excessive panting/drooling
If you notice something is wrong with your pet, call your veterinarian immediately.
With a small breed dog or puppy that has swallowed the pit, you might want to call your veterinarian just to be sure it will pass.
How Much Can They Eat?
Treats should only make up 10% of a dog’s daily diet, and you should account for how many treats they’re getting when you feed them their meals. There are only 62 calories in a nectarine, so you can figure out how much your dog has consumed by how much of the nectarine you give them.
Figure out how many calories your dog needs by using an online calculator using their weight and breed, or check the feeding instructions on the back of their food (and remember this doesn’t usually take into account their treats).
Always start with a small piece and go from there. Even though the calories are low, the high sugar and fiber mean you can’t just give your dog as much as they want!
If you love giving your dog fruit snacks, there are many other fruits that are safe and even healthy! These include:
- Apples (remove the stalk and seeds)
- Peaches (remove the pit)
- Blueberries (very healthy)
Under no circumstances should a dog ever eat grapes, and cherries can be risky too. Never make the mistake of thinking that just because a fruit or vegetable is safe for humans, it’s the same way for dogs. Their bodies and digestive systems are very different, and what’s good for us can be damaging or downright fatal for our furry friends.
So ultimately, can dogs eat nectarines? Yes, they should be very safe for dogs as long as you remove the pit — and even if they eat the pit before you’ve done your research, don’t panic too much. It’s likely fine, but better safe than sorry by removing it in future to make sure they don’t choke or get poisoned by the cyanide traces.