Can dogs eat prunes? What about apples? Should my dog be having fruits to begin with? Great questions all and frequently asked by dog owners across the globe. There are many different types of foods out there and fruit includes a vast amount of options as well. Which fruits are ok for dogs to eat though?
Hi my name is Mike and I’ve been working with animals for over a decade now. My favorite pets to work with are dogs of course! I noticed that I was getting a lot of the same questions from dog owners of all different types. I decided to start this website to answer some of the more common questions and concerns. Today we will be discussing the question, “Can dogs eat prunes?”. Lets jump right in.
Can Dogs Eat Prunes?
so can dogs eat prunes then? Is this fruit any good for them? Dogs can eat prunes but I would strongly advise against it. Prunes are dried up plums and as such, they contain loads of sugar. This much sugar at once for your dog can cause some digestive issues and even spark metabolic disease if done frequently enough.
With that being said, there is nothing inherently toxic about prunes that will cause your dog serious issues in the short term. They could develop any or all of the following symptoms if this food doesn’t agree with them though.
- Bloating: Your dog could swell up and become a bit sluggish for a day or so. Think of it as a mild allergic reaction. Should dissipate within a day or so.
- Diarrhea: Loose stool is always a problem when we talk about too much sugar and fiber. Every dog will be different but this is a great indicator that something your dog ate recently does not agree with them.
- Vomiting: Once again, your dog does not agree with this food. They may gobble it down quickly but if it comes back up on them, take it off the snack menu.
- Gas: This will usually go hand in hand with the bloating. Your dog is having trouble digesting the fruit and it is causing gas. Open a window and stop feeding them prunes!
- Loss Of Appetite: Most dogs are naturally curious about every morsel of food that is in their line of sight or smell. If this curiosity goes away or you notice your dog is not eating, this is a sign that something is off.
Any of these warning signs can tip you off to your dog’s intolerance of prunes or plums for that matter. I’d urge you not to give your dogs any intentionally. If they scoop up a dropped one off the floor and seem fine, chalk it up to luck and keep moving!
Can I Give My Dog Prune Juice?
So now that we have answered the, “Can dogs eat prunes?” question, what about prune juice? Is it ok to give prune juice to a dog? Once again, I would avoid this. Prune juice isn’t going to have the copious amounts of fiber that a prune has but it will have a ton of easily digestible sugar. This sugar will affect your dog in a very negative way as there is no fiber or work that their body needs to do to break it down and extract it. In essence, your are giving your dog a super sugar injection that will cause havoc in their bodies and throw all their systems out of whack.
This type of sugar injection could either cause immediate stomach side effects like the ones listed above or everything could appear fine on the surface. Down the line, your dog may develop a metabolic disease like diabetes though. What’s worse is a lot of these juices are basically just sugar water with food coloring and some “token” prune flavor thrown in. The pure sugar for your dog is just plain bad. Avoid this and save your dog’s long term health in the process.
Dog Is Constipated. If Not Prunes Then What?
I get this question a lot. Prunes are a great natural way for humans to get some extra fiber and provide some good relief when we are constipated. Because of this, we generally seem to think that this benefit will transfer over to our furry friends as well. While the idea is good intentioned, that’s just not the case. Humans and dogs process things differently. Some remedies that work for us just don’t translate as well for our dogs.
What alternatives can we give our dogs in order to help them go then? The first thing I would do is contact your local vet. If your dog is on medications or has any other medical history that may come into play, they will have that information and proceed accordingly. If your dog is otherwise healthy, you could always give them some mashed up pumpkin. This will provide them with the fiber they need minus all of the sugar that prunes have. I’ve used this home remedy on several dogs and it works very well. Most dogs love the taste of a mashed up pumpkin too.
What Types Of Fruits Can Dogs Eat?
So now that we have fully answered the “Can dogs eat prunes?” question, lets move on with some other fruits and their effects on our dogs.
Can Dogs Have Apples?
Apples are generally fine for dogs to have in moderation. A few slices here and there will provide some great nutritional benefits and not leave them on sugar overload either. With that being said, remember that every dog will respond differently to foods. Fruits are no different in this case. If you find that your dog is sensitive to apples and doesn’t tolerate them well, keep them off the menu.
For most dogs, apples will be a great treat though. Make sure to remove the seeds and core as well. They can contain trace amounts of poisons and will generally have the most concentrated amount of pesticides on them. Also, keep the slices to bite size for your dog. Avoid choking hazards whenever possible. Some dogs just swallow foods whole instead of chewing when they are excited. Make sure to take this into account when feeding your dog.
A nice summer treat involves slicing up an apple thin and placing it in the freezer. You can then take the frozen slices out and toss them to your dog as a cool treat on a hot day. There are plenty of other fruits and veggies you can do this with as well. Apples are one of the better ones in my opinion.
Can Dogs Have Avocado?
I’ve included this fruit in here because many of the owners I work with love avocado and it is praised as a health food across the world. Not so much for dogs though. I would not give them any as parts of the fruit contain Persin. This is a toxin that can cause all sorts of stomach issues in dogs. Most common are nausea and vomiting. Avocados may be healthy for us but not so much for our dogs.
Are Grapes OK For Dogs?
Grapes are not good for dogs at all. In fact, they can cause serious health issues and even death if too many are eaten. luckily, most dogs will avoid them on their own but not always. If your see your dog eating grapes or raisins (dried grapes), stop them and contact your vet. Look for signs of lethargy or confusion in your dog. Your vet will probably want to see them right away as this fruit has been known to be toxic enough to cause sudden organ failure in dogs of all ages and breeds. Bottom line, keep your dog away from this fruit.
Can Dogs Have Oranges?
Yes oranges are ok for your dog to eat. Once again, moderation is the key with all fruits. Most fruits have at least some kind of sugar content and too much can definitely cause an issue in the long term. Oranges are a nice treat for your dog though.
The citrus smell of an orange may cause your dog to either turn away or turn in to this fruit. It will all depend on your dog’s sense of smell and what they like. If they do go for oranges, skip giving them the skin and just feed them small chunks of the inner flesh. The skin will be hard to digest and could cause some stomach upset.
Once again, stay away from any juices. Most juices are just sugar water with some fruit flavoring mixed in. If you dog laps up a little spilled juice its not a problem but don’t make it a habit of giving them juice. The fiber content is just not there to help their bodies regulate the sugar content to begin with. Ideally, the only way to feed your dog any fruit is in it’s original, unprocessed form.
Can Dogs Have Strawberries?
Strawberries are a delicious little treat that your dogs will love. Not only do they have good nutritional content, they also have an enzyme in them that will help with your dog’s oral hygiene as well. These little berries are high in sugar content though so keep them in moderation. This is actually one of the foods wild dogs used to hunt out when they were in season. A great natural treat for your pup indeed.
Make sure to cut the tops off these berries as the green stem can cause a choking hazard at times. Otherwise, they are bite size enough. Just keep them in moderation and you’re good to go!
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?
Pineapple is another ok fruit for dogs to eat. Just make sure you are taking off the outer shell and only feeding them the inner flesh. This fruit is loaded with nutrients that your dog can benefit from as well. The same issue with sugar content applies though. Keep this in moderation as a treat and not a daily occurrence.
Once again, avoid any juice form of this. Even if it’s fresh squeezed from home. The problem with juices is that they take the fiber completely out of the picture and that is what regulates the sugar absorption in the first place. If too much is taken out, your dog could get overwhelmed and become sick or have digestion issues. The store bought brands are even worse because they are sugar water with flavoring so it’s not even real pineapple. Stick to the fruits themselves!
Remember to cut the fruit up into bite sized chunks and remove the outer shell. Keep it in moderation and all will be fine.
Can Dogs Eat Prunes Explained
There we have it. The, “Can dogs eat prunes?” question has been answered and we learned some valuable information along the way as well. Prunes are not toxic for dogs but they aren’t really that beneficial for them either. I would strongly suggest you stay away from them altogether.
If your dog is constipated, using an alternative like mashed up pumpkin would be ideal and help them out much better. A constipated dog can always be taken too a vet as well if there is no improvement after a few days. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your vet. They are there to help. They might even have you change up your dog’s diet or see a dog nutritionist for additional follow up.
We also learned that there are many other fruits out there that dogs should and shouldn’t have. Keep your dog away from grapes, raisins and avocados to name a few. There are plenty more but these are some of the more common, every day foods people keep in their homes.
There are also fruits like apples and strawberries that your dog can have but you want to keep the portions in moderation and watch your dog for their individual tolerance. Just because one dog is able to tolerate an apple does not mean that all dogs will be good with it. Every dog is a little bit different and finding what works for you and your dog is crucial.
Lastly, stay away from any fruit juices be they fresh squeezed or from the store. Too much sugar in too concentrated a form will cause stomach issues for your dog and could lead to greater metabolic issues down the line as well.
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