Can Dogs Eat Mango?

Can Dogs Eat Mango?

by ScritchSpot

The quick answer: Yes, the flesh of a mango fruit is safe to feed to dogs. 

Benefits of mango

There’s no denying that this exotic, decadently sweet fruit is certainly a treat. Because of how much they enjoy it, some pet parents might be tempted to share this juicy fruit with their dogs. The good news is that mangoes are not toxic to pets and it’s safe to offer a bite to your canine pal. 

Mangoes contain beneficial nutrients such as fiber, as well as vitamins A, B6, C, and E. The sugar content of a mango is high, so your pet might enjoy the sweetness just as much as you do. To serve, remove the peel and pit and cut the fleshy fruit of the mango into bite sized pieces to give to your dog. 

Hazards

Though mangoes are a delicious, special treat, they shouldn’t become part of your dog’s daily diet. Mangoes have a high sugar content which means they pack a lot of calories. Consult with your veterinarian before offering mango and other fruits to a diabetic dog. Additionally, consuming too much mango at once can lead to tummy troubles for your pup. Excess dietary fiber and sugar intake can lead to vomiting or diarrhea. 

It’s also important to note that the fruit is the only part of a mango that is safe for your dog to eat. Though the peel isn’t toxic, it is difficult to digest. Mango fiends may go snooping in the trash for another taste, so make sure your dog doesn’t accidentally get hold of the mango pit. If swallowed, it may not be able to pass through your dog’s digestive system, so call your veterinarian if you suspect your pet has swallowed a mango pit. 

What about dried mango strips? Though a little nibble won’t hurt, it’s best to opt for fresh pieces of fruit. Dried mango is especially concentrated in natural sugars since the water has been removed, plus the drying process removes some of the health benefits which means it’s not a healthy snack for dogs.