Can Dogs Eat Plum? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
The flesh of the plum is safe for dogs to eat as long as it’s in small, infrequent amounts. The main reason for limiting the amount of plum flesh a dog eats is due to the relatively high sugar content. One medium plum could contain 7 grams of naturally-occurring sugar. While sugar isn’t toxic to dogs, consuming a large amount can contribute to longer-term health problems.
Can dogs eat plum skin?
Yes, most dogs should be fine with eating plum skin but be sure to give it a good wash as plums are part of the dirty dozen list (fruits and vegetables with the highest concentration of pesticide). The part of the plum you must never let your dog eat is the seed or pit.
The plum pit is toxic to dogs due to it containing the highest concentration of substance called amygdalin which converts to the poisonous hydrogen cyanide once ingested. This can be quite deadly for dogs (even if it’s a small amount). Other parts of the plum fruit, such as the foliage and stem, also contains this deadly substance but at a lesser degree.
In addition to containing a toxic compound, plum pits can also cause obstructions in the dog’s gastrointestinal tract as they aren’t easily digestible. Make sure a whole plum is never within your dog’s reach.
Can dogs eat prunes (dried plums)?
We wouldn’t recommend feeding your dog prunes because they tend to have a higher sugar content than fresh plums and also contain a lot more calories. Prunes may also come with additives that aren’t healthy to pets.
Want to know what aside from ripe plums are safe for dogs to eat in moderation? Visit our human food safety database to learn more.