A lot of people consider pineapples as their favorite fruit not only because of its wide range of health benefits but also because of its tart, sweet, and tangy taste.
While this may be true to humans, is it the same for dogs?
Can dogs eat pineapples?
Well, to be honest, the answer is subjective and varies from one case to another. It relies on several factors such as the kind of dog you have, its current state of health, allergies, weight, age, so on and so forth.
But fret not, to help you come up with a sound answer, Doggypedia, with the help of its team of veterinarians, has come up with an informational article that would shed light into this matter. We highly suggest that you read until the end before coming up with a conclusion.
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Can Dogs Eat Pineapples?
It’s human nature to give our four-legged friends something to eat despite our uncertainties of its effect on them. Usually, we have this thinking that if it’s good for us, then it’s also good for them. Well, that is not one hundred percent true. So, before you let your mind wander far away, let us enlighten you a bit
So let’s go back to the main topic of this article: Can dogs eat pineapples?
While pineapples are generally healthy for dogs, it’s not always the case as there are other factors that should be taken into consideration in making a decision.
For now, just put this in mind: Fresh pineapples are good, but never feed your dogs canned pineapple. Read on to find out just how safe this fruit is and how much they should be given.
Are Pineapples Safe For Dogs?
Dogs can safely eat pineapples. In fact, there are many health benefits your dog may enjoy from the occasional pineapple, including a surplus of vitamins, nutrients, better digestion, immune boost and a natural pain reliever.
Let us tackle the benefits of this fruit for your dogs.
American Kennel Club says that “fresh pineapple contains a whole lot of vitamin C, along with thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, and folate. It’s also full of minerals, including manganese, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron, and small amounts of calcium, phosphorous, and zinc.”
So, in a roundup, it’s the following in a single cup of pineapples (165 grams):
- Vitamin C – 105% Human Daily Value
- Manganese – 77% DV
- Copper – 20% DV
- Vitamin B6 – 11% DV
- Fiber – 9% DV
- Vitamin B1 – 11% DV
- Folate – 7% DV
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – 7% DV
- 86 Calories
With that, it can help with the following conditions and issues in dogs:
- Inflammation in Dogs
- Treat coprophagia
- Prevent pancreatitis
- Prevent kidney stones
So again, can dogs eat pineapples? Yes, but…
How Much Pineapples Can My Dog Eat?
A few chunks of fresh pineapple are enough for most dogs, provided they are peeled and sliced into bite-sized pieces. Also, during summer, make some frozen pieces of fresh pineapple. It makes a delicious treat in the summer. Ideally, to prepare pineapple for dogs, pure the pulp or crush it so your dog can easily digest the pineapple.
Also, as mentioned earlier, never feed your dogs with canned pineapples. The syrup in canned fruits contains too much sugar for most dogs’ digestive tracts to handle.
Even though they are safe, this doesn’t mean you can permanently include them in your dog’s daily diet regimen. To be effective as possible and to minimize any side effects, moderation is key.
However, side effects may appear at any time. These may include the following:
- Sugar in Pineapples Decay Teeth – fresh pineapples contain a lot of sugar, and anything that has high concentration of sugar will always speed up the decay of your dog’s teeth, especially if you don’t have the habit of brushing their teeth.
- Constipation in Dogs – when your dog consumes too much pineapple, it can lead to constipation in some dogs. Fiber will soak up water, thus too much fiber in their system can potentially cause the stool to harden if one doesn’t get sufficient water.
What Should I Do In Case of a Pineapple Emergency?
In case of emergency and you’re unsure on what to do, always pick up that phone and call the veterinary clinic STAT. Do not try to handle the situation yourself because it might make things worse.
Pineapples have the least amount of sugar when compared to grapes, mangoes, cherries, bananas, apples, and kiwi. But you should know that a high amount of sugar can lead to gastric problems, diarrhea, stomach pain, and, in some cases, vomiting. If this happens, make sure they stay hydrated. If it lasts longer than one day, then bring them to the veterinary clinic right away. Don’t try to self-medicate your furry friends as to not complicate the situation.
On the other hand, if your dogs hare experiencing constipation, give them a lot of water. Obviously, while they were having fun munching on their treat, they have no knowledge of the side effects and thus may not drink more water than usual. So, as their alpha, it is your job to make sure they have drunk enough water to avoid constipation.
To avoid situations like this and other worse emergency cases, always watch out after them. Also watch out for any changes in their behavior or in their habits, including the number of times they poop or how they sleep and behave.
Don’t ever give your dogs pineapple leaves, pineapple skin, or unripe pineapple. If your dog should accidentally get ahold of any of the indigestible parts of pineapple skin, leaves, and core, they can get lodged inside his digestive tract, requiring surgery to remove.
If this happen, try to conduct first-aid tricks while having someone drive you to the nearest vet clinic.
History of Pineapples
Pineapples aren’t pines, and they aren’t apples either. It bears the botanical name Ananas comosus. This fruit is native to South America and got to its named because of its close resemblance to a pine cone.
History states that it was Christopher Columbus who discovered the fruit in Guadeloupe in the year 1493. But truth be told, the fruit had long been growing in South America. Columbus called the pine-cone lookalike as piña de Indes, meaning “pine of the Indians.” On the other hand, the South American Guarani Indians called it nanã, meaning “excellent fruit” and cultivated them so they could have food on the table. The term pineapple (or pinappel in Middle English) did not appear in English print until around 1664.
After the “discovery” of the pineapple, it was brought to Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico. There, it was cultivated by the Aztecs and Mayans. Then, the great explorer introduced the pineapple to the Spaniards, who in return brought it to the Philippines and Hawaii. Magellan then was said to have found the fruit in Brazil in 1519, and by 1555, the fruit was exported to England. It soon spread to India, Asia, and the West Indies.
When it made its way to Europe, the pineapple became a symbol of wealth due to the fact that they were stored in hothouses as the fruit is a tropical one. So to show off their status, the fruit was displayed at parties and celebrations repeatedly until they rot.
The rest is history.
But let’s take a look at how people see pineapples today. A lot of people have come to appreciate pineapples due to their numerous health benefits. In fact, Central and South America, pineapple is not only valued for its sweet taste, it has been used for centuries to treat digestion problems and inflammation. To add, only fresh pineapples produce an enzyme called bromelain, which plays an important role in a range of different health benefits.
On the next section, you will learn more about it.
Pineapple Nutritional Information
Many published and unpublished studies have suggested consumption of pineapples decreases the risk of obesity, overall mortality, diabetes, and heart disease. In fact, a study published by PubMed states the following:
The present study was performed to assess anti-obesity effects of raw pineapple juice in high fat diet (HFD)-induced fatness. Based on food type, rats were divided into normal diet and HFD groups. When animals of HFD group become obese, they were given pineapple juice along with either HFD or normal diet. Blood biochemistry, liver and muscle gene expressions were analyzed. HFD induced significant elevations in body weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat accumulation, liver fat deposition and blood lipids while juice restored these parameters near to their normal values. Juice significantly decreased serum insulin and leptin while adiponectin was increased. Juice administration downregulated the increment of FAS and SERBP-1c mRNA expression in liver and upregulated HSL and GLUT-2 expressions. The muscular lipolytic CPT-1 expression was upregulted by juice treatment. Pineapple juice, therefore, may possibly be used as anti-obesity candidate where it decreased lipogenesis and increased lipolysis.
It also promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and an overall lower weight.
As for the other parts of the pineapple, such as the crown, not so much studies have been done. However, another report from PubMed mentions the following:
Pineapple crown is an important source of cellulose that is still going to waste because of the lack of knowledge about their economic uses. The isolation of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) from pineapple crown leaf (PCL) wastes arises as an important alternative to use PCL wastes in high value-added applications, and has not been reported yet. In this study, CNC were successfully extracted from PCL wastes using chemical treatments followed by acid hydrolysis using sulfuric acid. FTIR results confirmed the removal of the non-cellulosic compounds of PCL through the mercerization and bleaching treatments.
So, without further ado, see the table below for the nutritional information of fresh pineapples:
|Pineapple Nutrition Facts|
|Serving Size 1 cup, chunks (165 g)|
|Per Serving||% Daily Value*|
|Calories from Fat 2|
|Total Fat 0.2g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0g|
|Dietary Fiber 2.3g||9%|
|Vitamin A 2% · Vitamin C 131%|
|Calcium 2% · Iron 3%|
|*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet|
Now that you know it, we hope you’d make better choices with regard to pineapple consumption for yourself and your dogs! If you already do, how is it going so far? Do they love it? How much pineapple are you feeding them at present?
El-Shazly, Samir A., et al. “Physiological and Molecular Study on the Anti-Obesity Effects of Pineapple (Ananas Comosus) Juice in Male Wistar Rat.” Food Science and Biotechnology, vol. 27, no. 5, Nov. 2018, pp. 1429–1438., doi:10.1007/s10068-018-0378-1.
Prado, Karen S., and Márcia A.s. Spinacé. “Isolation and Characterization of Cellulose Nanocrystals from Pineapple Crown Waste and Their Potential Uses.” International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, vol. 122, 2019, pp. 410–416., doi:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2018.10.187.
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