A common fruit in Southern homes, the peach makes for a fantastic summer snack. Whenever summertime comes around, the peach takes over the fruit bowl. The next time you snack on some peach, you might wonder, “Can dogs have peaches?”
Well, it’s all peachy for your pup to eat some peach. The answer to the question, can dogs have peaches, is yes!
Why Can Dogs Have Peaches?
Like plenty of other fruits, peaches are safe for canine consumption. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any exceptions, which I’ll get to in a moment.
As for why dogs can eat peaches, it’s fairly simple: the flesh and fruit of the peach contains no toxins and has plenty of healthy vitamins and minerals.
The most abundant of the healthy nutrients in peaches is vitamin A and fiber. The vitamin A works well to protect your dog’s vision health, preventing vision degeneration as your dog grows older.
As for fiber, this nutrient aids your dog’s digestive tract and helps regulate their poop schedule. Essentially, fiber works to help your dog poop on a more consistent basis, while also helping to prevent constipation.
As Promised, The Few Exceptions
When you feed your precious pup some peaches, like I said earlier, there are still some exceptions.
First of all, avoid feeding your dog a whole peach. You want to cut the peach up into small, bite-sized pieces when feeding your pup some peach. Also, like with any fruit, make sure to rinse the peach under some water before you cut it up for your pup.
Also, never let your dog eat the pit (seed) of the peach. The pit contains a toxin called cyanide, which is toxic to your dog’s health. While a dog would have to consume several peach pits to become poisoned, the greater danger of the pit comes with its potential to block your dog’s digestive tract or cause them to choke.
Of course, you don’t want that. Luckily, you’ll be cutting up the peach and separating it from the pit, anyways. Therefore the pit won’t be a worry. Just make sure to discard of the pit in a place that your dog cannot reach.
If you’re a cautious dog owner (which, of course, is a good thing!), ask your vet if peach can be added to your dog’s diet. So long as there aren’t any health concerns, like obesity or diabetes, your vet will likely say yes. They’ll also tell you to introduce the food slowly, starting with small amounts.
One more thing, avoid feeding your furry friend any canned or preserved peaches. These types of peaches contain too much sugar for your dog to eat them. The high amounts of sugar will hurt your dog’s tummy and might make them sick.
It’s best to stick with organic, naturally-grown peaches.
Don’t Impeach The Peach
So go ahead and treat your pup to some peach the next time you snack on some. If you’re wondering what fruits and human foods aren’t safe for your dog, check out this article.
When it comes to being a tasty treat for your dog, don’t impeach the peach!