Can dogs eat pineapple?

If there’s one thing that most of us find exceedingly refreshing, it’s a wedge of cold, juicy pineapple and as pet owner there’s a good chance you’ll have a nose nudging your knee waiting for a lick. It’s usually in that moment people ask themselves if dogs can have pineapple and how much? The good news is that in moderation, pineapple is just as good for dogs as strawberries and watermelon slices. 

What makes pineapple so delicious for dogs?

For starters, pineapple is packed to the brim with Vitamin C. Not just that, but it’s got thiamin, vitamin b6, riboflavin and folate - all good additions to your dog’s diet. Pineapple is stuffed full of minerals from iron to magnesium and potassium, which means it’s an exciting and nutrient-dense snack for all dogs.

It’s all good news, then?

  • A dog - like a human - should have a balanced diet that is positive for their digestive function and their immune system. Pineapple is an excellent snack for a dog, but it’s worth mentioning the following:
  • Pineapple, while delicious, is very high in fibre and is packed with natural sugars. These aren’t inherently bad things, but it does mean that havoc can be played with your dog and his digestion when consumed in large quantities.
  • Some dogs can be sensitive to pineapple, so if you want to give your dog a taste it’s worth keeping a close eye on him afterwards for adverse reactions such as diarrhea or vomiting.
  • The tough core of a pineapple can cause an obstruction when wolfed down and - let’s be honest - your dog is unlikely to take his time with this tasty treat!
  • The spiny skin of a pineapple is not suitable as a snack, so if you do go allow your dog a taste, keep it to the fleshy middle.

But, overall pineapple is safe for dogs right?

Yes! In moderation, pineapple that has been sliced raw is the perfect sweet treat for dogs, especially in hot weather. Avoid using canned pineapple, because the syrup is full of processed sugar which isn’t good for your dog’s digestion. You also don’t need to give an entire pineapple to your dog, unless you enjoy picking up dog poop! 

Raw pineapple a few chunks at a time is enough and if you really want to give him a treat, freeze it for a summer snack. 

What other fruit could my dog have if pineapple isn’t in agreement?

If your dog doesn’t react well to the pineapple chunks he is served up, you could try any of the following fruits instead. Keep an eye on your dog whenever you give him new foods; the reaction can vary from fruit to fruit.

  • Apples. Do not give the core or seeds - these contain arsenic - but do give sliced apple for a potassium-rich snack your dog will love.
  • Bananas. A snack in moderation, an inch of banana at a time is enough for your dog.
  • Cantaloupe. If you want your dog to wolf down a vitamin-laden treat, get some sliced cantaloupe (but remove the rind first). 

Pineapple recipes for dogs

You can get a little creative when you are serving up pineapple for your dog, and these are the ways that you can add pineapple to his diet:

  • As It Comes. Sliced, raw pineapple that has been both skinned and cored is the best way to give your dog a healthy, tasty sweet treat.
  • Pineapple Ice Cream. Almost all dogs love a lick of ice cream from time to time, so you could blend down some fresh pineapple with a little organic non-fat yogurt and freeze in small dollops. This makes for a creamy and delicious snack on a hot day.
  • Top It Off. Slicing the pineapple thinly and adding it to the top of his usual dinner can really make for a two-in-one meal your dog will love.
  • Bake It.

If you’re a connoisseur of homemade dog biscuits, try out this recipe for tangerine and pineapple dog biscuits:

  • 4 cups of rolled, pulverized oats
  • 2 tablespoons of flaxseed, pulverized
  • 4 tablespoons of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup of crushed pineapple
  • ½ cup chopped dried tangerine
  • Preheat your oven to 350c
  • Pulverize the flaxseed, add the warm water, stir and put to one side
  • Blitz the oats into a floury consistency, set aside
  • Add the flax, pineapple, coconut oil to the food processor and lightly pulse together.
  • Add the oaty flour a cupful at a time until you get a ball of dough
  • Roll the dough ball out and sprinkle the dried fruit over the top
  • Knead the dough over and over until the fruit is spread evenly
  • Cut out the shapes and bake for 20 mins
  • Turn off the oven until cooled and turn out onto cooling racks.