King of fruits
Spring is finally here which means ripe, sweet & juicy mangoes are coming soon! Called the ‘king of fruits’, mangoes are full of vitamins and are great in boosting our immune system. Did you know that one cup of sliced mangoes contains 25% of your daily requirement of vitamin A? With a high fruit sugar content, these fruits are also a fantastic alternative to sugary snacks if you’re craving something sweet. But what about our best-mates? Can dogs eat mangoes?
A vitamin-rich powerhouse
The flesh of mangoes are packed with vitamin C, A and vitamins of the B group. These vitamins can have a positive effect on your pooch’s immune system, and can help with maintaining healthy skin, bones, teeth and vision. Furthermore, do not underestimate the content of minerals found in mangoes, such as magnesium and potassium, which are important for neurological and muscular functions. Calcium found in mangoes can further support their teeth and bone health, and improve blood clotting.
Mangoes are also good for dogs as they only have a small amount of natural occurring acid, which is well tolerated by your dog’s tummy. However, they do have a high concentration of natural occurring fruit sugar which can lead to obesity and should only be given in small amounts.
There are precautions to take before feeding your dog mangoes. Always peel mangoes and remove the pit before giving any to your pooch, as the pit contains a small amount of toxic cyanide. Since cyanide poisoning can be lethal, it is important to make sure you never give any fruit pits to your pup.
Other fruits that contain cyanide and should be avoided are peaches, cherries, apricots and plums. Cyanide is a poison that inhibits the blood to carry any more oxygen and therefore can lead to death.
Tips & Tricks
The best way to get chemical-free mangoes is from your friendly neighbour who may have a few spare hanging on their tree. Your local organic fruit shop is also a good option.
Feed mangoes in small portions to your dog as a delicious treat by itself or add it to their meal. On hot days, place some ripe mango flesh in a shallow container filled with water and freeze overnight. Your dog will enjoy licking this treat and cooling down at the same time!
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