Let me guess, you’re a first time dog owner or someone who’s just looking to buy a puppy. Either way, you probably have dozens of questions about how to keep your puppy healthy. Don’t worry, if you got your puppy from a responsible breeder, who can vouch for your puppy’s health, you won’t have to pay too many visits at the vet. Still, dog’s diet and what puppy can and can’t eat is always a massive topic of discussion. Fruits are at the top of the list, since dogs are traditionally believed to be carnivorous.
Every dog owner have tried or will try feeding peaches to their dogs. No one could blame them, or you for it, peaches are loaded with nutrients, that are beneficial to us and are an easily accessible, delicious snack. But what about dogs?
Benefits of Peach For Dogs
To put it simply, your dog technically can eat peach, but, and there is a big BUT here, you should be very careful how much and how you give them. Here you can read about all the benefits of peaches, then about its dangers, so make sure you read all of this and consult with your veterinarian before you let your four-legged buddy eat any human food.
Besides all the vitamins peaches contain, peaches have plenty of minerals and fiber. On top of this they are low-calorie and are a perfect source of antioxidants, thus helping to decrease the chances of cancer and generally boosting your canine’s immune system. Peaches are also known for improving the functions of the liver and kidneys.
The only catch with peaches is that they have to be served properly. Make sure to keep the following rules and your pooch will be the happiest peach-munching goofball on the block.
Dangers of Feeding Peach To Your Dog
Now about the Do’s and Don’ts of feeding peach to your dog, the rule of thumb is moderation. Too many peaches will cause gastrointestinal problems and diarrhea, just like many other fruits can.
Other than that, the main danger is the pit of the peaches. If your pup swallows a pit, it can lead to choking, especially for smaller breeds, or cause a dangerous gastrointestinal obstruction. The serrated edges of peach pits can cut their mouth or damage their internal organs.
Also keep in mind that the pits of peaches are very hard, and if your dog tries to chew one, they are likely to damage their teeth or jaws. In short, your dog should not be exposed to peach pits. If your dog does manage to swallow one, watch for signs of gastrointestinal distress and contact your veterinarian immediately.
Lastly, I must tell you about cyanide that the pits of peaches contain. It sounds very scary, however peaches only have trace amounts of a cyanide compound. Your dog would have to consume a lot of peach pits before getting sick from cyanide poisoning. Again, moderation is the key, if you give your furry friend only small amounts, they will be fit as a fiddle.
Can I Give my Dog Canned Peaches?
Nope, don’t even think about. Peaches is their raw, natural form are healthy, however, canned peach and other foods containing peach or are peach flavoured, are heavily loaded with sugar and chemicals.
Also, as with any food, there is a small chance that your dog may be allergic to peaches. If your dog shows signs of an allergic reaction:
- Difficulty breathing
or other symptoms, stop giving your dog peaches and consult your veterinarian right away.
Okay, So How To Feed Peaches To My Dog?
“So how much is the right amount? How can I minimize the risks when giving peaches to my dog?”. If you’re looking to buy a puppy that can have a diverse diet, rich of fruits and vegetables, make sure to pick a breed that traditionally has a strong digestive system. If you’re already fixed on a breed, the breeder should be able to tell you all about it.
If you already have a furry goofball, who’s begging for your food with their big, round eyes, make sure you consult with your veterinarian first. Your dog can have health conditions that can be worsened if they eat fruits.
Since the pits of peaches can be such a serious choking hazard or cause for an intestinal blockage, you must prepare them properly. Wash your peach, remove any toxins, remove the pit, and the healthy, tasty treat for your canine companion is good to go.
Does your dog love peaches as well? How do you prepare them? Let us know in the comments below!
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