Are Cherries Safe for Dogs?
Yes, dogs can eat cherries so long as you remove the pits, seeds, and make sure they do not eat any leaves. The seeds of these fruits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs as well as humans. Unlike humans, dogs do not know to stop eating at the core/pit and easily ingest them.
Benefits of Cherries for Your Dog
Cherries, known as a “super-fruit”, are packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer. Cherries are one of the few food sources that contain melatonin, an antioxidant that helps regulate heart rhythms and the body’s sleep cycles. Cherries are an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A). In fact they contain 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries and strawberries. Cherries are rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber. Cherries are referred to as “brain food”, aiding in brain health and in the prevention of memory loss. Cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that regulates the body’s sleep cycles.
Because cherries contain anthocyanins, they can reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis and gout.
Eating cherries reduces the risk of diabetes. Cherries are a good source of fiber which is important for digestive health. Cherries are a great snack or dessert choice important for weight-maintenance.
Cherries have gained fame as one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatories, which means they’re beneficial for many different conditions. This is due to the anthocyanins in cherries that researchers have found prevent free radical damage and inhibit cyclooxygenase enzymes better than many anti-inflammatory drugs.
Because of their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, cherries are said to reduce pain and joint soreness for runners and athletes after workouts. For your dogs, this means that if you do have an extremely active dog, such as my neighbors who goes on 6 mile runs every day, you can depend on a cherry or two to make sure there is no soreness in the dog. Not that we would mind some soreness, because they might be a little less active throughout the day!
Cherries are natural laxatives for humans so they could potentially have the same effect on our furry partners.
All fruits are high in sugar so I would also suggest not to feed too much of these to your dogs.
With Which Foods Can Dogs Eat Cherries?
Because cherries are extremely sweet, you want to make sure that you don’t feed them with a bunch of other really sweet foods such as other fruits. Instead, drop a cherry in your dog’s food bowl every-now-and-then as a treat.
How to Feed Your Dog Cherries
Although dogs can have cherries, it is a very hard one to really feed them because you have to make sure that you take out the seeds. They can only eat the flesh. Cherries are so small to begin with! I would say while you are eating them, you can give your dog a little bit if at all. With so many fruits out there that you dogs really can eat with pleasure and without you having to take any precautions, I would skip cherry all together. However, if you must feed some cherry to your cherry (oh the pun) please make sure that they are washed out and the seed has been removed. I know this is about the fifth time I have repeated this, but really there is no way round it!