Cherries are tasty and juicy! In general, any kind of fruit is delicious and can serve as a healthy snack for humans! But can dogs eat cherries? What might be best for us might not be safe for our furry best friends. As you might have notice by now, dogs have always been intrigued by people food. Although there are a lot of foods that are safe for our furry babies to eat, others can cause anything from an upset stomach to fatal poisoning.
So, can dogs eat cherries? The simple, straightforward answer is it depends.
It is much more complicated than just a simple yes or no. When it comes to cherries, there are some dangers you should be aware of.
This article will try to explain more about cherries and dogs in this article. All thanks to our veterinary friends here at Doggypedia.
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Can Dogs Eat Cherries? Are Cherries bad for dogs?
Cherries offer health benefits to dogs. These include providing them with fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C. However, there has been a lot of argument concerning this question.
Can dogs really eat cherries?
Yes, but in really small quantities only. Plus, there is a very important BUT that you need to remember all the time! Cherries are only safe to eat if you remove the stems, leaves, and pit. These parts of the cherries contain low levels of cyanide, which are dangerous for dogs!
The main danger of cherries is the cyanide, which is poisonous and potentially lethal if consumed in high-enough quantities. Aside from that, cherry pits can also get lodged in a dog’s digestive tract and cause intestinal blockages. You’d be in more stress than you already are in!
In other words, cherries can be consumed in small quantities, but since these are very small-sized fruits, it may be time consuming and very complicated to prepare for your dogs. So, the question you might want to answer is this: Do you want to go through all that trouble so that you can prepare the perfect, safe cherry treat for your pups?
If your answer is yes, then by all means, go for it.
Are Cherries Safe For Dogs?
Again, to emphasize, cherries are safe for dogs but only in really small quantities. To add, it should be without the stem, the pit, and leaves. In other words, only the flesh of a cherry is safe for dogs to eat.
We cannot stress this enough because, of course, we here at Doggypedia would like to help you as much as possible. And sometimes, we understand that you want your furry family members to try something they have never tried before. This is totally okay. You just have to take precautions, and really be careful with every step that you take.
You see, most off the veterinarians are against feeding cherries to any dog, big or small, regardless of how small the quantity might be. This is something that we totally understand and support. But as fur parents, we can’t help but be curious. We want to give our dogs something new once in a while, maybe as a form of reward, gift, or treat for a job well done. This is what this article is about.
We want to let you know that cherries are okay, but they are pose extreme danger to your dogs when consumed beyond their limit. The decision is now on your hands on whether to give them that treat, especially when you know there are easier, safer options out there (like apples).
The next following sections will tackle more about just how much cherries your dogs can eat and what to do in case of a cherry emergency, and it is our fervent hope that you read the following really carefully as this might not only shed more light into this matter but will also help you in making a decision about feeding your dogs some cherries.
How Much Cherries Can My Dog Eat?
As you may know, your puppy’s lifelong health and happiness begins with you. So it is important that you get it right from the start. Refer to the previous section if you are still asking yourself if cherries are safe for dogs.
If that’s settled, it’s time to answer another question: How much cherries can my dog eat?
One or two cherries. That’s it.
One or two pieces won’t cause too much harm for your dogs. The least it can do is cause him some mild reaction like an upset stomach. That is why even if he only has two (at the most) cherries, you have to watch for signs and symptoms of a possible intestinal blockage, such as constipation, decreased appetite, and vomiting. An intestinal blockage from a single cherry pit is more likely to affect a small dog, but this does not mean you should not worry about your large dogs.
If your dog ate more than a handful of cherries, watch him for signs of cyanide poisoning. This could include the following:
- Labored breathing
- Bright red gums
- Dilated pupils
That is why other fur parents don’t even bother giving them cherries at all. For them, it isn’t worth the risk.
What Should I Do in Case of a Cherry Emergency?
In case of cyanide poisoning, don’t waste any more time! Pick up that phone and call your veterinarian quick! Better yet, get into that car (or whatever mode of transportation you have) and make your way to the clinic as quick as possible. But remember to be safe!
If we’re just talking about one cherry, do not panic. It might not cause anything harmful to him or her. But just to be on the safe side, monitor him or her for any signs of mild intestinal distress. These could include any or all of the following:
- Mild vomiting
- Soft stool to diarrhea
- Decreased appetite.
Note: You can also feed your dog a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice until the symptoms subside.
Also, even if it’s just one cherry, as long as any of the symptoms show, it is advisable that you call on your vet and let him or her know what’s happening. If you bring the dog in, he might be need to have an induced vomiting. Treatment might also include an anti-nausea pet medication.
On the other hand, if your dog has prolonged diarrhea that contains blood and is showing signs of lethargy and weakness, seek medical emergency attention as soon as possible.
Lastly, if you believe a cherry pit got stuck in his or her GI tract, take your dog to the emergency room immediately. Signs might include vomiting, not eating, decreased fecal production or straining and nothing produced. The obstruction needs to be removed via surgery.
BOTTOM LINE: If you can find alternatives to cherries, which we are sure you will, go for it. Don’t waste so time. There are fresh fruits and berries your dog can eat without going through a risky process. For example, blueberries serve a superb alternative, the same with peeled and pitted mangoes. Plus, there’s the traditional dog treats you can always count on.
History of Cherries
The English word cherry is derived from Old Northern French or Norman cherise, which in turn comes from the Latin cerasum. It refers to Kerasous (Κερασοῦς) a ancient Greek region where cherries were first thought to be exported to Europe.
Here are some more interesting Cherry Fun Facts from Mobile Cuisine:
Cherries are drupes, or stone fruits, and are related to plums, peaches and nectarines.
- It is believed that the sweet cherry originated in the area between the Black and Caspian Seas in Asia Minor around 70 B.C. The Romans introduced them to Britain in the first century A.D.
- January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.
- February 22nd is National Cherry Pie Day.
- April 23rd is National Cherry Cheesecake Day.
- May 17th is National Cherry Cobbler Day.
- May 26th is National Cherry Dessert Day.
- August 28th is National Cherry Turnover Day.
- September 24th is National Cherries Jubilee Day.
- The English colonists brought cherries to North America in the 1600’s.
- The word ‘cherry’ comes from the French word ‘cerise,’ which in turn comes from the Latin words cerasum and Cerasus, the classical name of the modern city Giresun in Turkey.
- British Columbia, Canada holds the record for the largest cherry pie at 39,683 lbs. (Adam)
- Records indicate that cherries were a prized food in a region of China dating back to 600 BC – fit for royalty and cherished by locals.
- There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States, but fewer than 10 are produced commercially.
- On average, there are about 44 cherries in one pound.
- In an average crop year, a sweet cherry tree will produce 800 cherries.
- While they have long been a popular dessert fruit, cherries were used for their medicinal purposes in the 15th and 16th centuries.
- Despite the short fruiting season, Americans consume an average of 1.5 pounds of cherries each year.
- The world’s heaviest cherry was grown by Gerardo Maggipinto (Italy) and weighed 0.76 oz on June 21, 2003.
Cherry Nutritional Information
Cherries are a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. These compounds help slow down aging and are responsible in preventing chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and obesity.
They also have the other following health benefits:
- They protect against diabetes.
- They promote healthy sleep.
- They lower the risk of gout attacks.
- They curb cholesterol.
- They reduce post-exercise pain.
Here is a table of the nutritional information for cherries:
Amount Per 100 grams
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0.3 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0.1 g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 3 mg||0%|
|Potassium 173 mg||4%|
|Total Carbohydrate 12 g||4%|
|Dietary fiber 1.6 g||6%|
|Sugar 8 g|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Vitamin A||25%||Vitamin C||16%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||0%|
|*Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|
So there you have it, everyone. Hope reading this article will help you make the right decision. We don’t want to put our dogs in danger, but at the same time we also want them to try something new every now and then. So what will it be for your pup: cherries or no cherries? Tell us your opinion in the comment section below, and feel free to share your thoughts about cherries and your dogs. We would love to hear what you have to say!
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- Nemzer, Boris, et al. “Phytochemical and Physical Properties of Blueberries, Tart Cherries, Strawberries, and Cranberries as Affected by Different Drying Methods.” Food Chemistry, vol. 262, 2018, pp. 242–250., doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2018.04.047.
- Wilkes, Angela. Childrens Quick & Easy Cook Book. DK Pub., 2006.