Can Dogs Eat The Pineapple Core?

dog standing over a pineapple

Dogs should not eat the core of a pineapple. Not only is a pineapple core considered a choking hazard, but it can also cause an obstruction or severe digestion issues. You should also avoid feeding the pineapple skin to dogs. Dogs should only eat the flesh of the pineapple. 

Pineapple is a tasty, sweet fruit that many people around the world love to eat! Just like anything edible, most dogs will undoubtedly end up begging for some if they see you eating it. 

While we consider pineapple a “human” food, is it something that dogs are ok to eat? 

You might also wonder what parts of pineapple are ok for dogs to eat. Can they eat pineapple cores, skin, the flesh, or a combination of the above? 

We have the facts that will help you decide what parts of a pineapple (if any) you can safely feed your dog. First, let’s review some basic pineapple nutritional facts before addressing the question.

Nutritional Facts About Pineapple

Like any other food, pineapple is not the end-all food that includes every nutrient dogs need to have healthy, balanced nutrition.

While pineapple is a healthy food, there are some negatives to it. Let’s quickly go over both, starting with the good aspects before looking at some downsides.

The Pros of Pineapple For Dogs

Pineapple, all things considered, is a reasonably healthy food. A six-ounce serving of fresh pineapple chunks will contain:

  • Roughly 75 calories
  • Over 200mg of potassium
  • Over 2.5mg of manganese
  • Around 30mg of Vitamin C
  • Over 20mg of Calcium

This is definitely a respectable amount of vitamins and minerals needed to help build strong bones and a tough immune system.

Pineapple is also ripe with antioxidants. The antioxidants gained from eating pineapple are an excellent way to help protect your dog’s cells and heal damaged ones. 

As a side note, most fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of antioxidants, so it’s not just pineapple that has them.

Alongside these vitamins and minerals, in addition to the enzymes and antioxidants they contain, eating pineapple in moderation can help improve the immune system, build and strengthen bones, help with the digestive system, and reduce the odds of macular degeneration (which leads to vision loss) occurring later in life.

Another benefit unique to pineapples (relative to other fruits) is that it contains a large amount of bromelain. 

Bromelain is an enzyme that helps aid digestion. It does this by breaking down proteins that help make it easier for food to be processed. 

Bromine has also been shown to reduce inflammation, decrease excessive blood clotting, and can even aid in treating forms of arthritis.

Finally, another easy to overlook benefit of feeding your dog pineapple is that it contains a large amount of water which will help keep them hydrated. 

Pineapple comprises over 80% water, meaning it’s a great way to feed your dog while avoiding dehydration. 

In other words: pineapple makes for an excellent, hot summer day snack for both you and your dog!

The Cons of Pineapple For Dogs

Despite all the health benefits of eating it, pineapple is not a flawless health food. As a fruit, pineapple does contain a good amount of sugar. For every 6 oz serving, there will be roughly 20g of carbs, 14g of which are natural sugar. 

While this is not an overly sugary food to feed your dog in limited quantities, the amount of sugar will certainly add up after large quantities are consumed, especially when frequently given. 

If they have too much sugar, dogs are susceptible to a variety of different health issues. This can include issues with their teeth (like cavities and tooth rot), gaining weight, problems with digestion, the potential for your dog to develop diabetes, and more. 

Like with humans, it is better to limit the sugar content given to your dog to keep them nice and healthy!

Also, while it likely will not be an issue, consuming large amounts of pineapple can lead to symptoms including (but not limited to): nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, pain in the abdominal area, and/or heartburn. 

The amount of vitamin C recommended for dogs will largely depend on their size, as larger dogs (unsurprisingly) will be able to handle larger doses of vitamin C than smaller dogs. 

A serving of pineapple (again, six ounces contains around 30mg of vitamin C) is acceptable for dogs of all sizes. 

However, the recommended maximum amount of vitamin C recommended for small dogs is 500mg. In other words: be careful that you do not leave any pineapple unattended in a place where your dog can get into and eat from.

What Parts of a Pineapple Can a Dog Eat? 

What They Can’t Eat

The core and skin of the pineapple are things you should not feed to your dog. 

Just as we do not eat these due to them being bad for our digestive system, they are bad for your dog’s digestive system as well. 

In addition, your dog eating these pieces can cause them to choke. Even if they don’t choke, there is a high likelihood of it leading to a blockage occurring in their intestines.

What They Can Eat

The only safe part of a pineapple for a dog to eat is the soft, inner part of the fruit. This is called the flesh of the pineapple, and it is the thing most people refer to as pineapple when it is served as a food dish. 

Since it is soft and easy to chew, there is little risk of any issues occurring when they attempt to eat it. 

Again, as long as you provide your dog with reasonably sized portions, there is no danger in feeding them portions of pineapple flesh.

Other Fruits That Are Good For Dogs 

Pineapple flesh is not the only fruit that is healthy for dogs. Here is a selection of a few fruits we would also recommend they eat in moderation.

Apples

Apples have a good amount of vitamin A and C, in addition to a high amount of fiber to help keep your dog’s digestive system working great. 

Just like pineapples, don’t forget to remove the core, seeds, and stem! Your best bet is to chop apples up into little bits for them to chew.

Bananas

Bananas are renowned for their potassium, but also have a large amount of copper, as well. Bananas are more sugary than most fruits, though, so you’ll want to give bananas sparingly to your pup.

Blueberries

Blueberries not only have fiber, but they are filled with antioxidants that can help with preventing a variety of diseases – most notably cancer. 

Mangos, Peaches, and Pears

Once their cores are removed, Mangos, Peaches, and Pears are safe to feed your dog. These three, especially mangos, are among the more sugary fruits, so you will want to feed them in small quantities if you choose to give them any of these three fruits.

Use Pineapple as a Reward

It’s easy to want to give your dog what they want. After all, who doesn’t want to see their dog excited and happy?

In the end, however, you are best off not spoiling your dog too much by giving them an overabundance of pineapple. 

While pineapple flesh may taste great, once again, keep in mind that feeding too much of it can lead to long-term health issues in your pup.

Our final recommendation is to give a small handful of pre-sliced chunks of pineapple flesh as a reward for something, whether for teaching them a command, potty training, or anything else worthy of praise. 

Overall, pineapple (and other fruits) work as a great motivator for your dog and will provide a way for you to bond with them through the power of tropical fruit!

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