Just like humans, many dogs love fruits, but is mango one of the safe ones for them? Mangoes are full of vitamins and beneficial to both humans and dogs. So, if you've ever wondered if your pooch can indulge in mango, the answer is yes, as long as you’re mindful about the amount and which parts of the fruit you’re serving.
Let's get into more details on how to safely feed your pup mango.
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Benefits of Mangoes for Dogs
Not only are mangoes safe for dogs to eat, but they are also good for their health. This sweet fruit is rich in vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K, as well as a great number of minerals like potassium and magnesium. In addition, mangoes are rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, and protein which are all working together to keep your pooch in good health.
Here are just a few benefits that come with mangoes:
Mangoes contain high levels of antioxidants, which help boost your pup’s immune system. Another thing that makes antioxidants great is that they can help prevent your furry friend from degenerative diseases, skin problems, allergies, as well as certain types of cancer.
Vitamin A promotes good eyesight, especially in senior dogs, helps in the prevention of cataracts, and assists with night blindness and dry eyes. Vitamin A also makes the skin healthier and the fur shinier. Finally, it aids the proper functioning of the kidneys, liver, and lungs.
The dietary fiber found in mangoes is great for your pup’s digestive system. It not only makes sure that everything runs smoothly in their digestive tract but also alleviates the symptoms of diarrhea and constipation your canine companion might suffer from.
Mangoes contain protein which can help with the repair of muscles and other important body tissues. They are also rich in potassium, which helps improve your pup’s nerves and muscles.
When Are Mangoes Bad for Dogs?
Although this soft fruit offers a plethora of health benefits, there are a few things you should be aware of before serving it to your four-legged companion.
Dogs that suffer from medical conditions like pancreatitis or diabetes need a very specific diet to keep them healthy, so if your pooch has any underlying condition, be sure to check with your veterinarian before adding new foods to their diet.
Remove the pits. Mango pits are quite large, which means they could represent a choking hazard for your dog. Even if your pup manages to swallow a mango pit, it might get stuck in his stomach and cause serious life-threatening issues such as intestinal or bowel obstruction. If you suspect your furry companion has eaten a mango pit, check for signs of obstruction such as diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, decreased appetite, lethargy, difficulty breathing, constipation, and stomach bloat. If you are unsure, consult your veterinarian as they may advise bringing your dog in for a physical exam or diagnostics like x-rays.
Peel the skin. The mango skin contains urushiol, a component also found in poison ivy and poison oak, that might produce a rash if it touches your pup’s skin. The mango skin can also be difficult to chew and digest, and could cause stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea, or blockage in the intestines.
If your dog has ingested mango skin, you don’t have to be concerned right away. Just keep an eye on them and if you notice any signs of blockage, like vomiting or diarrhea, get in touch with your vet.
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How Much Mango Is Enough?
If you give your furry pal too much mango, they might end up with a stomach upset. That’s because mangoes contain high levels of dietary fiber. While fiber is good for your pooch in moderate amounts, too much of it can result in diarrhea.
Mangoes also contain high amounts of sugar and have more calories than some other fruits. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a cup of mango contains 99 calories and 22.5 g of sugar. While fruit-based sugar is okay in moderation, too much of it could cause health problems. For that reason, you should only feed mangoes in moderation. A quarter cup of fresh mango once or twice a week (for a bigger dog) is an appropriate serving in order to prevent diabetes and obesity.
The serving size will depend on the size of the fruit and your pup. For smaller dogs, a slice or two is enough, whereas bigger pups can safely eat the whole fruit (without the skin and seeds).
Don’t forget to follow the 90/10 rule: any treats, regardless of how healthy they are, should only make up 10% of your pup’s daily caloric intake. The remaining 90% should come from a complete and balanced diet.
Finally, be aware that some dogs are allergic to mangoes. Whenever you’re feeding anything new, always start with small amounts to see if your dog has any type of adverse reaction.
Talk to your vet before feeding your four-legged friend mangoes. They can tell you how much you should give them and how often.
How to Feed Mangoes to Your Dog
Wash the mango and remove the large central pit and skin before serving it to your canine companion. Then, slice the fruit depending on your pup’s size. For smaller pups, smaller pieces are better in order to prevent choking hazards. Bigger dogs can consume larger slices since the mango flesh is very soft and easy to chew.
You can also puree the mango and stir it into some cottage cheese or yogurt as a snack or freeze it as a refreshing summer treat.
Note: Never feed your dog mangoes that have gone bad. Rotten fruit produces ethanol (alcohol), which is particularly poisonous to dogs. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning in dogs include vomiting, tremors, and seizures which would require immediate veterinary attention.
Can dogs eat dried mango?
Dried mangoes are very high in sugar, calories, and carbohydrates. The drying process also deprives the fruit of some of its health benefits, so even though a small amount of dried mango won’t do any harm, you should stick to the fresh variety. Too much dried mango could cause stomach upset as well as tooth decay.
Mangoes can be a great treat for your furry friend, as long as you remove the pit and the skin. They’re an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Don’t forget to keep the amount of treats your pooch gets to less than 10% of their daily caloric intake in order to avoid obesity, stomach upset, and other health issues.
Always check with your vet before feeding your pet any new food to make sure that they maintain safe, healthy amounts and don’t eat anything toxic.