Are Mangos Safe for Dogs?
Can dogs eat mango? The answer is yes, they can. Mangos is full of vitamins and safe for your dog to consume, as long as the pit is removed. As a responsible dog-owner, you should only feed mangos to your dog in moderation as it contains high amounts of sugar.
Is Mango Good for Dogs?
Yes, Mangos are good for dogs and they listed in one of Fayie’s fruits that are safe for dogs guide.
Not only is mango’s safe for dogs, it is a rich source of fiber, as well as vitamin A, B6, C, and E, making it quite nutritious snack for dogs.
While mangos do contain a wide range of beneficial nutrients, they are also high in sugar. A single mango has about 13 grams of sugar and that works out to 45 grams of sugar per 100 grams of fruit. That means it’s too sweet for dogs to have it as a daily meal, it should be treated as an occasional treat.
Risks Associated with Mango
Mangoes consist of three parts: the peel, the fleshy fruit, and the seed/pit. Before feeding your dog mango, make sure to remove the pit. The pit of a mango also contains small amounts of cyanide which is extremely toxic to the dog. While dogs can technically eat the skin, however, it not only poses a choking hazard, dogs may find it difficult to digesting the mango skin. Thus, it’s best remove it beforehand along with cutting the mango into smaller pieces.
If you suspect that your dog ate the pit of a mango or is having trouble digesting the skin, get in touch with your veterinarian right away.
Symptoms can include but not limited to
- Abdominal tenderness or pain
- Decreased appetite or anorexia
- Straining to defecate or producing small amounts of faeces
- Changes in behavior, such as growling when picked up, could indicate pain or discomfort in your pet.
A 2011 study in the International Food Research Journal found that mango pit isn’t toxic and has a lot of nutritional benefits. “The results of proximate analysis show that mango seed kernel is a nutritional promising seed because of its high levels of carbohydrate and oil. The results of mineral assayed showed that mango seed is very rich in calcium, potassium and magnesium. The presence of antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C, E and A suggests that mango seed could be used as an alternative source of these vitamins.” However, as the pit still does cyanide, which is toxic to dogs, Fayie still recommends to remove the pit and not risk for the small nutritional benefits it may have.
Lastly, you should be careful not to give your dog mango too often. Any fruit or vegetable can cause stomach trouble and diarrhoea, even if it’s healthy. Remember, too much of any one thing is also a bad thing. If you have questions or concerns about giving your dog mango often, talk to a vet.
Serving Portions Sizes
You can give your pup ice-cold mango as well as fresh mango. Frozen pieces are great for cooling your dog down during the warm summer months. A great snack on-the-go is dried mangoes.
Mango is a delicious dog treat for hot summer days. Deliciously cool, frozen mango pieces can help your dog chill out in the heat. Other fruits for summer include bananas, watermelon, and pineapple. However, before feeding any fruit to your dog, consult your veterinarian first. They can tell you how much you should give your dog and how often.
Peel the mango before giving any to your pet. Regardless whether it is fresh or frozen, for smaller dogs, you should cut the fruit into smaller pieces, while for larger breeds, it is safe to have it in bigger pieces as long as your dog is not a swallower.
Keep Treats to a Minimum
When treating your dog to anything other than his regular food, Fayie recommends sticking to the 90/10 rule. Ten percent of your dog’s calories should come from treats, and the remaining 90 percent should come from his dog food.
Always check with your veterinarian before feeding your dog any new human food. Doing so ensures your dog doesn’t eat anything toxic and maintains safe, healthy amounts.