Can Dogs Eat Cherries? – Tasty treat, but is it safe?

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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.

Can dogs eat cherries

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.

If you really want to make your dog’s day, mix the cherry in with some coconut or Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.

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!

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  1. Mutzy the Doxie on

    It took me a few extra whisper woofs along with a persuasive eye glimmer to convince Mum and Da to share a few cherries with me this evening, but I managed to get my way! 🙂
    How surprised they were to discover I truly enjoyed those healthy gems! (seeds removed, of course!)
    I’m recovering from paralysis after having two ruptured vertebrae, and am presently learning how to walk again, so I’m looking forward to the anti-inflammatory benefits of my now favorite treat!

  2. Hello! I appreciate the information on this blog very much, but in the interest of our animal friends and animal lovers, I wanted to mention that the ASPCA lists cherries as being toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.

    • Just to clarify…the ASPCA states that it’s the stems, leaves and seeds that contain cyanide. If you do further research you will find that the actual flesh of the cherry surrounding the seed is quite ok for them to eat.

  3. The article states “All parts of these plants (cherries) OTHER THAN THE RIPE PULP AROUND THE SEEDS are considered toxic and contain cyanide.”. I interpret that to mean that dogs are okay eating a couple cherries without the seeds. Am I correct?!?

  4. Even on the Pet Poison Helpline (link above) the information is consistent. Which says that any OTHER parts of the cherry (leaves, pits) are poisonous and contain cyanide, BUT the fleshy part. You have to read carefully, Dawn.
    It says: “All parts of these plants other than the ripe pulp around the seeds are considered toxic and contain cyanide.”

  5. My puppy has ben pestering me for cherries and I have been sharing little lentil sized bits until I read this and now I feel safe giving her one whole dried as a treat. She weighs 3 and 3/4 lbs so one is a good size chewy treat. Will be careful about pits of course and will check even the “seedless” ones to be sure before sharing.

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