King of fruits
Summertime in Australia means ripe sweet & juicy Mangoes! Called the ‘king of fruits’, mangoes are full of vitamins and great to boost 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 a fantastic alternative to sugary snacks or junk food if you’re craving something sweet. But what about our best mates? Are mangoes good for dogs?
A vitamin rich powerhouse
Mango flesh contains vitamin C, A and vitamins of the B group. The high content of vitamin A has a positive effect on the immune system. Furthermore do not underestimate the content of minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Mangoes are 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 have a high concentration of natural occurring fruit sugar which can lead to obesity and should only be given in small amounts.
Some dog owners say mangoes give their pooches a shiny coat. High in vitamin A, mangoes help strengthen the heart and immune system in dogs and humans.
In addition, mangoes
- improve blood clotting
- strengthen the heart
- strengthen the immune system
- are tummy friendly
Always peel mangoes and remove the pit before giving any to dogs, 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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