Can Dogs Eat Mango? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
Most dogs can eat mangoes without any issues. Mangoes can actually make a good healthy snack for dogs as they are packed with nutrients like vitamin C and vitamin B6. There are, however, certain health risks that dog owners should be aware of before giving their dog a piece of mango.
Potential Health Risks of Mangoes to Dogs
Mangoes are packed with a lot of natural sugar and that’s a big reason why dogs love them. It’s important to limit the amount of sugar your dog eats as large, frequent consumption of sugar can contribute to a variety of health problems down the road, including weight gain and teeth decay.
It’s important to only feed your dog the mango flesh. Never let your dog eat the mango skin and the mango pit. These parts of the fruit can become a major safety hazard for dogs. The pit, for example, can cause obstructions in the dog’s gastrointestinal tract since it’s difficult to digest. In severe cases, surgery might be needed to extract the mango pit out from the dog’s digestive tract.
The mango peel can also pose a similar issue and cause choking in pets, especially for puppies and smaller dogs. The skin of some mangoes may also contain a small amount of oil called urushiol. This is the same oil found in plants like poison ivy and poison oak. It’s a small amount but you never know if the amount of mango skin a dog consumes is enough to trigger some sort of reaction.
How to Serve Mangoes to Dogs
First, make sure you have a ripe mango and the pit and skin are discarded. We would also recommend cutting the mango flesh into smaller pieces before letting your dog eat it. How many pieces of mango that’s appropriate to give to a dog will depend on a number of factors like the dog’s size. We would recommend no more than a few small pieces to keep their sugar intake level in check.
Your dog will love you even more if you give them frozen mango pieces during a hot, sunny day. Dried mango pieces aren’t recommended as they may contain a higher level of sugar than fresh mangoes. Some dried mango products may also contain artificial preservatives which aren’t healthy for dogs to consume.
Can dogs eat dried mangoes?
Dogs shouldn’t eat dried mangoes because of the high sugar content. Dried mangoes aren’t considered “toxic” to dogs but that doesn’t mean they are necessarily safe for dogs to eat.
Dried mangoes tend to have a higher concentration of sugar than fresh mangoes. It will depend on the product but some brands may use additional sugars during the preservation and dehydration process.
Dogs that eat too many pieces of dried mangoes may end up with digestion problems although this is unlikely to be severe unless a dog went through a large pack of dried mangoes.
For small dogs, there is also the risk of dried mangoes increasing the risk of choking. This can happen if a small dog or puppy swallows a whole piece of dried mango without chewing it.