Can my dog eat cherries?
Does your pup like doggie treats? Do dogs like chasing their tails? There are some human fruits and vegetables that are safe and healthy for your pup, but others that should be avoided. A common question many dog owners have is, can dogs eat cherries?
The Short Answer is No, Dogs Should Not Eat Cherries
While accidentally ingesting a whole cherry or two isn't likely to permanently harm your pooch, your dog should not be eating cherries as a treat or in their pupcicles. While cherry flesh does contain health benefits such as vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, it can also cause an upset stomach and lead to vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or other gastrointestinal troubles. Maraschino cherries, which are small dessert cherries without pits, are also bad for dogs due to the high amount of added sugar, leading to obesity. Also, cherries can be a choking hazard for both small dogs and large dogs.
Cherry pits can cause an intestinal blockage upon ingestion. Cherry pits also contain cyanide, similar to apricot stones, and can lead to life-threatening cyanide toxicity if your dog consumes large quantities of cherries. Signs of cyanide poisoning include difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, and bright red gums. If you suspect your dog is showing symptoms of cyanide poisoning, take them to your vet immediately.
What Can I Feed My Dog Instead?
Instead of using fresh cherries as a healthy snack for your furry friend, consider a different human food. Fresh fruits like seedless watermelon or vegetables like celery contain the same kinds of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C as cherries. Puree these foods in a blender to prevent a choking hazard or intestinal obstruction. You can freeze them in popsicle molds or ice trays as healthy dog treats for your pup. These foods can also be mixed with peanut butter, which contains protein, or yogurt, which contains enzymes that support a healthy digestive tract.
Remember to follow the 90/10 rule, which is that 90% of your dog's diet should be from their dog food, and the remaining 10% can be from treats. Fruits and other human foods such as peanut butter have high sugar contents. When dogs consume these foods in large amounts, they can lead to obesity and an unhappy digestive system.
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