The quick answer: Yes, your dog can eat the juicy fruit of a pineapple.
Benefits of pineapple
Reminiscent of tropical island living, this tart and tangy fruit is full of nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin B6, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin and folate. Small amounts of raw pineapple cut into bite-sized pieces are safe to feed to your dog—so long as he likes the taste, of course! Pineapple also contains many beneficial minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, magnesium, and iron. Plus, it has small amounts of calcium, phosphorous, and zinc.
Before feeding pineapple to your dog, be sure to remove the spiny skin and sturdy core for the same reason you wouldn’t want to eat them: they are tough, difficult to eat and digest, and could cause an obstruction.
As with any food outside of your dog’s regular diet, it’s best to feed pineapple in moderation because it’s high in sugar. For this same reason, never feed canned pineapple which contains added sugar. In general, your dog’s consumption of fruits and vegetables should make up no more than 10-20% of his diet.
Will feeding my dog pineapple stop him from eating his own poop?
There is an old wives’ tale that suggests pineapple significantly changes the taste of a dog’s poop, making it unappetizing and thereby stopping your dog from engaging in coprophagia (eating his own poop). However, there is no science behind this claim and many people have found that their dogs continue to eat poop even after feeding them pineapple. There are a number of reasons a dog may eat poop; if your dog’s coprophagia is concerning, consult your veterinarian.
Try this fun, tropical dog treat recipe from Wild Wild Whisk
Tropical pineapple coconut dog treats
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Ground enough rolled oats in a food processor to make 3 cups of coarse flour. Set aside.
Puree 1 cup of chopped pineapple in the same food processor, this will yield just over 3/4 cup.
Add pureed pineapple, egg, and coconut oil to a medium mixing bowl. Mix with a whisk until smooth.
Add oat flour to the mixture and combine.
The finished dough should be somewhere between pie and bread dough, not too sticky and easy to handle.
Dust a cutting board or counter with oat flour and turn the dough out. Knead and shape into a disk.
Roll dough out to about 1/4" thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet about 1/2” apart.
Bake for 20 minutes, rotate pan and flip treats upside down so they can brown evenly. Bake for another 20 minutes.
Turn off the heat and allow treats to further dry out in the oven.
Store cool treats in an airtight container.
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