How Are Peaches Good For Dogs?
Peaches are loaded with plenty of vitamins and minerals that are good for your dog’s health. They contain vitamins A and C, and they are low in calories and high in fiber. As a source of antioxidants, peaches can help ward off cancer and boost the immune system. They also help improve the functions of the liver and kidneys. So long as peaches are served properly and in moderation, they are a healthy snack that can even be used as a refreshing reward during training sessions.
When Are Peaches Bad For Dogs?
The main danger for your dog when it comes to eating a peach is the pit. The pits of peaches are very hard, and if your dog tries to chew one, they are likely to damage their teeth or jaws. A swallowed peach pit can present a choking hazard or cause a dangerous gastrointestinal obstruction. The serrated edges of peach pits can cause damage to the mouth or internal organs. 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.
There’s an issue of lesser concern with peach pits that is still worth mentioning. Peach pits contain trace amounts of a cyanide compound. Your dog would have to consume a lot of peach pits before getting sick from cyanide poisoning, but it’s just another reason that it’s not worth the risk of exposing your dog to them.
When the pit is removed, peaches are usually fine for dogs to eat, though you should know where your peaches come from and wash them thoroughly, as they may contain harmful pesticides or herbicides that could make your dog sick. Also, avoid canned peaches and peach flavored foods, as these are usually full of sugar and other chemicals that are bad for dogs.
Eating too many peaches can lead to gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, and diarrhea in dogs, and the fruit contains some sugar. It’s best to keep peaches as a sometimes-treat that is given in moderation. As with any food, there is a small chance that your dog may be allergic to peaches, which can rarely lead to anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition. If your dog shows signs of an allergic reaction, including coughing, sneezing, swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms, stop giving your dog peaches and consult your veterinarian right away.
How Should You Feed Peaches To Your Dog?
You should always ask your veterinarian before giving your dog any kind of human food. Some dogs have medical conditions that could be worsened by peaches or other foods, so it is best to check before you feed them to your dog. They will also be able to tell you what is an appropriate amount of peaches to feed your individual dog in each serving.
Once you have the okay from the vet, make sure you select and prepare fresh peaches that are free of mold and rot. You should thoroughly wash them to remove any toxins, cut them into manageable pieces, and remove the pits, as well as any stems or leaves that may still be present. You can slice the fruit into small bits to use as a motivational reward during training, mix them with other food for a sweet surprise, or blend them with other healthy fruits in a fruit salad or smoothie. Again, ask your veterinarian before feeding your dog any other human fruits or foods.
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