Can Dogs Eat Figs? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
Yes, dogs can eat figs as long as it’s in moderation. It’s important you only let the dog eat the flesh of a ripe fig. Other parts of the fig plant, such as the leaves, are poisonous to dogs because of a sap-like substance called ficin. The ingestion of ficin can lead to gastrointestinal distress.
Can dogs eat dried figs?
No, dogs shouldn’t eat dried figs. Processed foods like dried figs aren’t always healthy for dogs. Dried figs are high in sugar and calories. They can cause dietary problems if you allow your dog to eat them too regularly. Some dogs, especially smaller breeds, may also choke on a dried fig if they swallow one without giving it a proper chew.
Can dogs eat fig bars?
No, dogs shouldn’t eat fig bars like Fig Newtons. They might not be toxic to dogs but will still introduce the same health problems as dried figs. Fig bars like Fig Newtons are high in additives like sugar and sodium. Stick with ripe figs if you want your dog to enjoy a natural sugary treat from time to time.
You can learn more about what dogs should or shouldn’t eat by visiting our human foods for dog database.