Peaches

Can Dogs Eat Peaches? – Why This Yummy Fruit is Not Safe For Dogs

NO, dogs cannot eat peaches.

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Do peaches show up on the list of approved things for your pooch? This is a question you might ask because we want to feed our dog all the kinds of food that we eat. We want to give them the privilege of sharing the lifestyle we have and this is perfectly fine, as long as we are cautious!

Because we love our dogs, it’s important to know which types of food are safe for them and which types of foods are dangerous. It is not very wise to assume that people food is safe for our canine friends, as humans and dogs are very different.

In the past, it was widely thought that dogs are carnivores and therefore require their protein needs from meat products. But modern studies reveals that dogs are in fact omnivores, which means that they get their food nutrients from meat and vegetable sources alike.

And because dogs are considered to be man’s best friend, people tend to share their food (people food) with their beloved furry companions. But, (there’s always a but!) you have to make sure that what you feed your dog is safe. Even vegetables and fruits can be harmful and even deadly for dogs.

Why peaches are dangerous for dogs

Today we will particularly focus on peaches. This is a delicious type of fruit, but it contains cyanide.

The pit of the peach is poisonous for dogs, just like that of a plum or an avocado. If you are feeding just the fruit they should be fine, but really out of the long list of fruit that they can eat, why bother with peaches?

People enjoy eating peaches, and dogs will probably like them too. But know for a fact that peaches are dangerous for dogs. The fruit meat is not that dangerous as it can only give mild forms of diarrhea or loose stools. But the pits from peaches are very deadly as these contain cyanide. Yes, cyanide, a very toxic and poisonous element that can kill your dog.

Some person out there WILL tell you that their dog ate a whole peach and survived. I am sure this is possible but really I would not risk it. It does not happen to everyone and just because that is true does not mean eating a whole peach with a pit will spare your dog. The deeper orange part of the peach also sounds questionable and so I would avoid that.

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To avoid poisoning from the cyanide found in peaches, first of all, keep peaches away from your dog, not just the pits but also the fruit itself. You see, dogs don’t know that this can kill them, and they can accidentally get access to one if it’s just left unattended. Your pet can gnaw on a peach and digest everything including the pit and its lethal contents. And even if this doesn’t kill your dog immediately, the cyanide content can gradually build up in your dog’s system and cause a slow death without you even knowing it.

What to do if your dog eats peaches

If you have exposed your pet dog to pits from peaches (and pits from plums, pears and apricots for that matter) then it’s important to know how to see the early signs of cyanide poisoning. If you observe that your dog has dilated pupils and is showing signs of dizziness and salivation, then it would be wise to consult a vet right away.

If left unattended and untreated, mild poisoning can lead to seizures, shock and even coma. So if you don’t want to risk your dog’s life, keep your peaches away from your dogs.

Know that all fruits that have pits and seeds can cause an obstruction in a dog’s digestive tract. That’s why you should always keep peaches, plums, pears and apricots away from your pet dogs. These fruits have been recorded as some of the top common people food that can cause the death of dogs through poisoning.

Even canned peach fruits are not recommended either. Although these fruit preserves don’t have their pits anymore, the heavy syrup contains too much sugar and preservatives that are harmful to your dog’s health.

Best Practices With What You Feed Your Dog

In order to play it safe, ask your vet about which types of people food is safe for your dogs and which are not. This takes the guesswork out of figuring out if a certain type of food is toxic for you’re dog or not.

Keep in mind that humans and dogs have different digestive systems and what may be beneficial to humans may be harmful to dogs. Moreover, always practice moderation even when giving your pet dog “certified safe” people food. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

In order to keep your dog’s health and safety on autopilot, it is more advisable to give him or her dog food and dog treats instead of sharing your snacks with your canine companion. Commercially produced dog food and treats contain ingredients that are safe for dogs and they’re also vitamin fortified. Get those types of dog foods and dog treats from reputable brands so that you can be sure that your dog’s diet is properly maintained and well balanced.

If you are going to feed your dog fruits and vegetables (as we do because we can’t help it!) please make sure you check our list of things that dogs can and cannot eat to see that you have the proper idea of what to feed them and what to keep away from them!

Comments

  1. Silvia says

    We have a lab who is in the backyard 99% of the time, he has his house in the porch. Anyway, we have a peach tree and he loves peaches… I am careful to watch him to make sure he does not eat the seed but I can only do that if I am outside. If the fruit hangs to low, we cut them so that the dog won’t get them.

    • Lab Breeder says

      Silvia posted: “We have a lab who is in the backyard 99% of the time, he has his house in the porch.” Why is the dog left outdoors 99% of the time and unattended to, especially with fruit from a tree that is dangerous by bearing fruit poisonous for dogs? This is just why I screen my puppy families in ways I don’t disclose. None of my puppies go to a home where they are outdoors without supervision. No dog houses for them to live in, they live indoors or the family can get a puppy from another breeder, usually a backyard breeder or puppy mill will tolerate that. I would move the dog away from the tree when you’re not out there. I hope he never gets ill and gets plenty of outdoor attention. Try to get him indoors more, even in the kitchen with a dog bed from Costco. They’re inexpensive, made well and the dogs love them. I have 6 Labradors living in my home. 3 are older. All get substantial exercise and time outdoors but not 99 percent of the time. .They need indoor time with their humans too. That’s JMO-FWIW. The best of luck.

      • Havaneseforeves says

        Woah woah woah. PUPPY MILL? Dogs can get sick from that, being in a puppy mill! I have read that dogs in puppy mills can get sick! Also, best of luck guys.

    • Bunk says

      We know. Peaches are in the grey area like avocado. In the end, we decide how to categorize things based on personal experience.

  2. scrupulous says

    We have 2 dogs and even though we try to keep the peaches off the ground, one of our dogs always seems to find them. Our peach tree produces a lot of peaches, and many animals (birds, mice, racoons, bugs) eat the peaches. Our yard is littered with peach pits. I clean them up constantly. My dog refused to eat for 3 days. She continually vomited peaches and pits. It was very scary. I was afraid that she would get one stuck in her throat or intestinal tract. I don’t know if she got any of the pits open, but she was certainly chewing on them. Thankfully, she is eating normally now. The peaches are all gone. Be aware that I was lucky. Peach pits are hard and have very sharp points. I could have had to take her to a pet hospital and spend many hundreds of dollars to clear her intestinal tract. If it is possible, I would make sure you keep your dogs away from whole peaches in your yard. They really like to eat them.

    • Bunk says

      Thank you so much for sharing this with us. It is sometimes hard to decide what is safe for you dog, and I think this story will help other dog owners who have yards with trees and fruit that pose a threat due to things like seeds.

  3. Faith Baird says

    My corgie is not acting himself for several days. He just vomited a peach pit and I’m worried he might have some lodged in his intestines. I have call into the Vet and just waiting. He’s not eating as much and having a hard time climbing stairs. Could he be in pain?

  4. Cliff says

    If peaches are harmful to dogs because the pits contain minute traces of cyanide then peaches are not safe for humans to eat. All other sources say small amounts of fresh peaches are ok for dogs but not canned peaches because of high amounts of sugar in the syrup

  5. Goodwordtoday says

    Leaving a dog outside most of the time is cruel and unnecessary punishment. Dogs are social creatures and need companionship. They are pack animals. Packs are more than one. But regarding peaches in the yard, the pits do have cyanide in them so be cautious and keep close watch on falling fruit

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