Can Dogs Eat Peaches? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
Fresh peaches are one of many fruits that dogs can eat as long as it’s in moderation. There are, however, certain precautions you need to take before you let your dog eat peaches.
Why peaches can be bad or unsafe for dog
Let’s first cover the reasons why it’s important that peaches are fed to dogs in moderation. While peaches are a great source of nutrients like vitamin C and vitamin A, they may cause dogs to suffer from mild gastrointestinal upsets especially if they were to eat too many slices in one go. Peaches are actually considered low-sugar fruits despite their sweetness but a sudden rush of natural sugar (even at a moderate amount) could always make a dog’s stomach go a bit wonky.
When you feed peaches to dogs, it’s important to also discard the skin and the seed (pit). Both of them can increase the risk of choking or obstruction if a dog was to accidentally ingest them. Peach pits also contains cyanide compounds, which are toxic to dogs.
Last but not least, keep in mind that only fresh peaches are safe for dogs. Never give your dog canned peaches. In addition to the high amount of sugar, canned peaches may also contain additives which aren’t healthy for dogs to consume.
How to safely feed peaches to dogs
First, make sure the peach is fully ripe. Peel off the skin and discard the seed. Cut the remaining flesh into small pieces before feeding it to your dog. In the hot summer, your dog might enjoy it even more if you were to freeze the peach slices. Nothing beats a nutritious frozen treat on a hot day.
How many peaches are safe for dogs to consume? This really depends on a number of factors like the dog’s age and body weight. Generally speaking, we wouldn’t recommend more than one or two slices. Want to know what else is or isn’t safe for dogs to eat? Visit our human food for dogs database to find out.