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Food & Diet

Can Dogs Eat Apricots?

At A Glance

If fruits are healthy and safe for human consumption, they must be okay for dogs, too, right? Not necessarily! Chocolates are fine for humans, but should not be given to dogs. It’s the same with many fruits and vegetables. They may be delicious and healthy, but you must be discriminating when sharing some with your dog.

Can dogs eat apricots?

They can, but you have to exercise some caution when feeding apricots to your dog:

  • Remember to remove the seeds to prevent choking.
  • Always give your pet a small amount at a time.

Last Updated on: Mar 31, 2023

Picture this – you’re about to bite into a juicy, delectable fruit or sitting down to savor a hearty meal and you find someone’s eyes on you.

Yes, I am talking about our pets – dogs, to be precise. They gaze at us, their big pleading eyes silently begging for a taste or two of what we’re enjoying. And because we love them, we often don’t mind sharing.

However, not everything that is good for human consumption is ideal for dogs. And that’s because the makeup of their digestive systems is way different than ours.

So, you must be mindful of the food you so happily share with your pet, veggies, and fruits like Apricots included.

So, can dogs eat apricots?

Read on to find out.

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To Apricot Or Not: A Dog Parent’s Dilemma

Apricots are very nutritious yet low in calories. These sweet and tart fruits are rich in the following:

  • Beta Carotene
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fat
  • Fiber
  • Lutein
  • Potassium
  • Protein
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zeaxanthin

They are a great source of antioxidants with numerous health benefits. And when apricots are dried, their nutritional value also increases. A serving of apricot provides around 25% of the daily recommended intake of nutrients like vitamins A and E, iron, and potassium, making them absolutely beneficial for humans.

But can dogs have apricots?

Yes, they can. Apricots are just as healthy for dogs as they are for humans.

Because dogs are omnivores, they don’t really need fruits and vegetables in their diet. However, it doesn’t hurt when your pet gets that extra dose of nutrients from eating a portion of fruits and vegetables, including apricots.

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The Hidden Dangers of Feeding Apricots to Dogs

The general rule is that human food should comprise only 10% of your dog’s daily diet. Feeding dogs human food may impact them physically, behaviorally, and socially.

So, apply the 10% rule even when giving your dog apricots.

“Like most fruits, you should always give your dog apricots in moderation because they have a lot of fiber and sugar, and if your pooch overindulges it will probably pup-set their stomach and give them diarrhea.” – Dr. Andrew Miller, Locum Small Animal Vet

The following are the risks of feeding apricots and other human food to dogs:

Possible Health Issues

A dog’s digestive system is different from a human one. Dog food is made to meet the digestive needs of our canine companions. So, when your pet eats too much human food, like apricots, it may experience indigestion and show symptoms like vomiting or stomach ache.

In the case of apricots, these fruits contain a chemical substance that turns into cyanide when ingested. As long as apricot intake is in small amounts, then your dog will be fine.

Choking

Apricots have larger seeds or kernels that your dog may choke on. Make sure to remove the seed and any stem or leaves that may still be attached to the fruit.

Weight Gain

Dried apricots are high in sugar, and your pet may start gaining weight if it’s given too many.

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Apricot Alert: What Every Dog Parent Needs to Know

Apricots are a storehouse of essential vitamins and nutrients and are harmless in small amounts. But remember to deseed the fruit before feeding apricots to your dog. While the seed is edible, it is quite large. So, there is a high chance that your dog could choke on it, especially if it’s little.

Amber LaRock, a licensed vet tech, says, “The pit of the apricot can be a choking hazard if a dog swallows it whole. This can be a fatal situation.”

Moreover, the seed contains amygdalin, a naturally occurring chemical found in many fruits. When ingested in large quantities, amygdalin is converted into cyanide, a potentially deadly chemical. So, it’s best to keep the seeds of the fruit away from your pet.

Can Dogs Have Dried Apricots?

Yes! Dogs can have dried apricots too. But remember that dried apricots have a higher content of sugar. Hence it is important to restrict the amount your dog consumes. That said, if your dog is below the ideal weight range, adding some apricots to its daily diet will help it gain weight.

But as with anything food, check out these tips for safely feeding apricots to your dog:

Ask Your Vet

Generally, apricots are good for your dogs. But it’s still a good idea to consult a vet before making apricots a regular part of your pet’s diet.

Remove the Seed, Stem, and Leaves

Discard any part of the apricot that could be toxic or seem like a choking hazard.

Cut Into Little Pieces

Slice the apricots into bite-size pieces so your dog can easily consume them.

Check Nutritional Value

Before feeding dried apricots to your dogs, ensure you check the label and note the sugar content.

Serve in Moderation

Ensure fruits like apricots are not part of your dog’s regular diet. Consider them an occasional treat.

Make Apricot Popsicles for Warm Days

Popsicles are a fun way of serving apricots to your dog and the perfect way to keep your dog cool during warm months.

How to Make Apricot Popsicles:

Ingredients

  • Sliced apricots
  • Yogurt
  • Dog biscuits – something that is vertical in shape because this will serve as the stick of your doggie popsicle. You don’t want to use a real stick because it is a choking hazard.

Blend sliced apricots and yogurt till you get the consistency of a smoothie. Put the mixture in popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 30 minutes. This will give you the perfect consistency to insert the dog biscuit.

Insert the dog biscuit in the middle of the semi-frozen popsicle and make sure a large part of the biscuit is still protruding. Put the molds back in the freezer and freeze them for six hours.

Make Apricot Jam as Treat

Apricot jam is very easy to make, but don’t put sugar and other preservatives in it if it’s for your dog. Fruits have natural sugar, so you don’t need to add more.

How to Make Apricot Jam:

Ingredients

  • Sliced apricots
  • Water

Boil the water and put in the sliced apricots. When they look soft enough, turn off the pot and mash the apricots some more. When it starts to have a jam consistency, put the mixture in a jar. Your dog can have a small spoonful or two a day, a few days every week.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Apricots Can Dogs Eat?

You may ask, what happens if my dog eats an apricot? Absolutely nothing, as long as you maintain moderation, which means less than 10% of its daily food intake. Ninety percent of your pet’s food intake must be dog food.

If you plan to serve your dog dried apricots, keep the amount small because a pack contains a lot of sugar, which could lead to weight gain.

Are Dried Apricots Okay for Dogs to Eat?

Yes, dried apricots are fine for dogs.

Can dogs eat fresh apricots?

Yes, to that as well.

Dogs can also eat different types of apricot preparations as long as there are no preservatives or other unnatural ingredients. The main thing is that you feed your dogs a small number of apricots per day. A slice or two of dried apricots may suffice on a given day.

Can Dogs Drink Apricot Juice?

Not the packaged ones you pick up at the store. But if you’re making some at home, then the answer is yes, dogs can drink apricot juice.

However, it’s not a necessary addition to their diet. Since juices have a high sugar content, I’d personally advise you to keep them away from your pet.

Are Dogs Allergic to Apricots?

No, dogs are not allergic to apricots. Just ensure you remove the pit, stems, and leaves when you feed apricots to your pet. If possible, slice them into small pieces too.

The only danger is the seed of the apricot, which can be a choking hazard. Also, the seed contains a chemical compound that turns into cyanide inside the body. However, it is only fatal if your pet may have ingested too many seeds.

 

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Meet Paul, a devoted dog dad to the delightful French Bulldog, Cofi. With a flair for humor and a deep understanding of Frenchie quirks, Paul brings a lighthearted touch to his writings. His relatable stories and practical insights are a blend of laughter and valuable advice and resonate with fellow dog owners.


Through his words, Paul aims to celebrate the joys and challenges of being a dedicated pet parent, reminding you that life is simply better with a four-legged, snorting sidekick by your side.