Can Dogs Eat Plum? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

Yes, dogs can eat plums as long as it’s in moderation. Both red plums and black plums are fine as long as they are given without the pit and foliage.

How many plums can a dog eat?

You shouldn’t let your dog have more than few bite-sized pieces of plum. The flesh of the plum isn’t considered toxic to dogs but still has the potential to cause gastrointestinal upsets, especially if a dog was to eat far too many pieces. This only applies to plums without the pit. You should call the vet immediately if your dog accidentally swallows the plum pit.

The plum pit can be dangerous to dogs in two ways. The first danger comes from the risk of intestinal blockage. It’s quite easy for a dog to accidentally swallow a whole plum without chewing. The second danger comes from the risk of cyanide. Chewed-up pieces of plum pits can release cyanide compounds in the dog’s body.

Can dogs eat plum skin?

Yes, it’s considered safe for dogs to eat plum skin in small quantities. Do give the skin a good was though. Plums do fall under the group of fruits and vegetables that are likely to have high pesticide residue. Soaking the plums in 10% salt water solution could be one way to remove some of the pesticide residue.

Can dogs eat dried plums or prunes?

No, dogs shouldn’t eat prunes or dried plums. Store-bought prunes, for example, may contain a lot of additives which aren’t great for a dog’s health. Prunes can contain a lot of sugar and not all dried prunes are pitted.

Aside from prunes, there are many other human foods dogs should avoid. You can learn about them by visiting our human foods for dog list.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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