Mango Mania: Exploring Dogs’ Safe Side!
Have you ever considered sharing a new juicy mango with your furry friend? Did that have you wondering can dogs eat mango? Yes, dogs can eat mango in moderation. Mangos are not toxic to dogs! However, this is not one of those fruits that they should eat on a daily basis. There are also some considerations as to how your feed the dog mango. Do not let your dog eat a whole mango, this could cause life-threatening issues.
This sometimes overly sweet snack is loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals for your dog. The typical mango is packed with fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Folate, and Copper. They also have the benefit of being fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium free just like watermelon. This makes them an ideal snack for your dog as long as it is fed in moderation.
Health Risks For Dogs Eating Mangos
There are a few main things to be concerned with if you feed your dog mango. First and foremost, never fed your dog a mango that does not have the pit removed. It should be pretty obvious that the pit is a choking hazard for any size dog. Even if the dog is able to break the pit into smaller pieces in its jaws, it could still cause a bowel obstruction.
The second less obvious thing most do not know about the pit is that it contains a chemical called amygdalin. This chemical when broken down by digestive processes creates cyanide. Cyanide is not good for a dog, in fact, it is toxic. It is unknown how many pits would need to be eaten in order for toxicity to occur. It is more likely the dog would succumb to a bowel obstruction before it got poisoned by them.
Avoid Feeding Mango To Diabetic Dogs
Mangos are one of those fruits that is naturally high in sugars. For this reason alone, dogs with diabetes should not be given large amounts of them. The dog can become hypoglycemic if too much sugar is consumed at one time. There are also other things to consider with sugars. Excess amounts of sugar in a dos diet can cause live enlargement, it can help feed harmful bacteria and fungus in a dog’s GI tract. So it would be best to avoid feeding large amounts if any at all to diabetic dogs.
What happens if my dog eats a mango?
Hopefully, nothing happens if a dog eats a whole mango. However, there are a few things that could happen. A large amount of sugar and high fiber could cause the dog to have some GI issues such as vomiting and diarrhea. The main concern if a dog ate a whole mango is a pit that is contained within. This pit could become lodged in the dog’s throat or even in its bowels. An obstructed bowel is a very costly thing to fix at the veterinarian if it’s even operable. Mangos should not be left out if you have a dog that is prone to eating things it shouldn’t.
If your dog does happen to at the whole mango, be on the lookout for any behavioral changes. Beyond the vomiting and diarrhea, you want to observe if there are any changes in appetite. This could indicate that the dog’s bowel is obstructed and it should be seen by a veterinarian.