Dogs Can Eat a Small Amount of Mango

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.

You can learn more about what is or isn’t safe for dogs to eat by visiting our human food for dogs database.

Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.
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