Why You Need to be Careful When Letting Dogs Eat Cherries
Cherries are closer to the bottom of our list of recommended fruits for dogs. The flesh itself isn’t toxic to dogs but other parts including the pit are dangerous to pets.
Why cherries are bad or unsafe for dogs
First, did you know that cherries are part of the dirty dozen list? This means they are considered one of twelve fruits and vegetables with the largest exposure to pesticide. This was based on a study done by EWG as part of their shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce. For the benefit of your dog’s long-term health, you should try to limit the amount of pesticide they may consumer through fruits like cherries. Of course, this can be avoided if you were to find a produce that is truly organic.
The flesh of the cherry is safe for dogs to eat but the same can’t be said for other parts including the stem and the pit. Both of these parts contain cyanide compounds which are toxic to animals. The pit can also increase the risk of obstruction in the dog’s gastrointestinal tract since they aren’t really digestible.
What to do if your dog eats a whole cherry
How much of a risk one whole cherry could have on your dog’s health would depend on a number of factors like the dog’s age, size, and health status. If your dog is a puppy or small in size then a call to the vet would be recommended as the pit may cause the dog to choke.
Bigger dogs, on the other hand, are likely to be okay after eating one or two whole cherries. That said, you should watch over your dog carefully for the next few days to make sure he is not showing any sign of distress. If you are ever at doubt, call the vet for advice and whether a visit is necessary.
To know what other fruits and vegetables are or aren’t safe for dogs to eat, check out our human food for dogs database. You can find 100+ human food items that dogs should or shouldn’t eat.
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