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Food & Diet

Do Peaches And Pooches Go Well Together? Let’s Find Out

At A Glance

Come summer, these fuzzy, sweet and summery fruits are at their peak. So if you’re enjoying a bite of peach cobbler or spooning some sweet canned peaches over ice cream while your dog looks on, you might wonder, ‘are peaches okay for dogs?’. If you’ve been thinking about treating your dog to a peach or two, you should know that:

  • Peaches are completely safe for dogs to eat
  • They are, in fact, a healthy treat packed with vitamins and antioxidants
  • Peach pits, however, pose a choking hazard for dogs

Last Updated on: January 18, 2023




Who doesn’t love peaches?

American farms produced about 688,800 tons of peaches in 2021 alone. So while we’re all partaking of these sweet and tasty stone fruits, what about our best friends? Can dogs eat peaches? Simply put, they can.

Peaches are one of the few fruits humans can safely share with their canine companions. Moreover, dogs also love them.

But are peaches good for dogs? While they are safe for most dogs, they might cause diarrhea or stomach upset in others. Also, the pits pose a choking hazard if swallowed.

And what about the little ones? Can puppies eat peaches? Yes, as long as they’re skinned and cut into tiny pup-friendly, bite-size pieces.

So, if you’re considering sharing some peaches with your pet, you’re in the right place. This guide will answer all your questions on peaches and pooches, including can dogs have peaches and how much peach is toxic to dogs.

The Health Benefits Of Peaches For Dogs

Peaches are a healthy, delicious, and fun treat for dogs! My Cofi loves them too! They are rich in vitamins A and C, which can help support your dog’s immune system and promote healthy skin and coat development.

Peaches are also full of antioxidants, which protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Additionally, since they are low in fat and calories, peaches are an excellent treat option for overweight or obese dogs.

As Dr. Joanna Woodnutt, a veterinarian working in the UK, says, “Peaches have high water content. This means they can provide a hydrating snack for your pup. They have a high sugar content which will usually make them very appealing to most canines. Always make sure to thoroughly wash the peach and remove the pit or stone before feeding it to your dog.”

Overall, peaches can provide many health benefits for dogs when included as part of a balanced diet.

When Are Peaches Bad For Dogs?

While peaches are generally safe for dogs to eat, you must be mindful of certain precautions when feeding them to your pet. Some dogs may have an upset stomach after eating peaches. It’s also important to keep the portion size in check because too many peaches can cause diarrhea or other digestive issues in dogs, especially if your dog has a sensitive stomach.

Additionally, dogs with certain health conditions, such as diabetes, may need to avoid peaches and other fruits high in natural sugars. If your dog has a health condition, it’s best to consult your veterinarian before introducing peaches to their diet.

The Pit Can Lead To Pitfalls

The pit of a peach is hard and not digestible. If swallowed, it can get stuck in a dog’s intestinal tract, resulting in a blockage.

These blockages can cause serious health issues, such as vomiting, abdominal pain, and difficulty defecating. In severe cases, it can even lead to a life-threatening condition called gastrointestinal obstruction, which requires surgical intervention.

Removing the pit before giving peaches to your dog is imperative because even a tiny piece can cause problems.

dog lying in grass

Not Too Peachy About Cyanide

Peach pits contain tiny amounts of cyanide, which might be toxic to dogs if ingested in large quantities. Cyanide interferes with your dog’s ability to use oxygen and can cause serious health problems such as difficulty breathing, seizures, and even death.

Even though the risk of cyanide poisoning from eating peach pits is generally considered low, it’s always best to be safe and remove the pit before feeding some peach to your pet.

Windfall Peaches May Cause Alcohol Poisoning

Windfall peaches, also known as fallen fruit, can cause alcohol poisoning in dogs if consumed in large amounts. This is because peaches begin to ferment as they decay, and ethanol is a byproduct of this decomposition. Think of it as nature’s attempt at making peach schnapps.

When dogs consume large amounts of fermented peaches, they can ingest a significant amount of ethanol, leading to alcohol poisoning.

These symptoms may go beyond a simple buzz or lightheadedness that a human might feel upon ingesting alcohol. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning in dogs include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, disorientation, and in severe cases, seizures and even death. It is important to keep dogs away from windfall peaches, particularly if they have been lying on the ground for an extended period and have begun to decay.

Additionally, if you suspect your dog has consumed fermented peaches and is showing signs of alcohol poisoning, seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.

Windfalls Can Also Cause Mold Toxicity

Mold can grow on overripe peaches lying on the ground for an extended period of time. Eating these moldy peaches can lead to the ingestion of mycotoxins – toxic substances produced by certain types of mold.

Ingestion of mycotoxins can cause various health issues in dogs, including vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and liver and kidney damage in severe cases. Some molds can also produce tremorgenic mycotoxins, which can cause neurological issues like tremors, ataxia, and seizures.

So, keep dogs away from windfall peaches, particularly if they appear spoiled or have visible mold growing on them.

Can Dogs Be Allergic To Peaches?

Are peaches safe for dogs?

Yes.

But can dogs be allergic to peaches, just like humans?

Also, yes.

Symptoms of a peach allergy in dogs include itchy skin, hives, redness, swelling, and in some cases, vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing. Some dogs may also experience ear infections and hot spots. You may also notice them scratching excessively, biting and licking their skin. Red and irritated areas of the skin are highly infection prone.

And can dogs eat peaches with skin? Maybe. Apart from the pit, dogs can also be allergic to other components of peaches, such as the skin, and the leaves. If your dog has an allergic reaction after eating peaches, discontinue feeding it peaches and seek veterinary attention.

How Many Peaches Can Dogs Eat?

Dogs can eat peaches in moderation as a part of a balanced diet, but the right amount varies depending on the size and weight of the dog.

So, how many peaches can a dog have?

It’s generally recommended to feed dogs only a small piece of peach as a treat – no more than 10% of their daily caloric intake. Peaches are high in natural sugars. It’s therefore best to moderate the portion of peach you feed your pet to avoid stomach upset or diarrhea.

Always consult the veterinarian before introducing any new food, including peaches, to your dog’s diet. It becomes even more important if your dog has a medical condition or food allergy. The vet can help you determine how much and how often to feed your dog peaches without causing it harm.

What Should You Do When Your Dog Eats Too Many Peaches or Peach Pits?

If you suspect that your dog has eaten more than the recommended amount of peaches or a peach pit, seek veterinary attention as soon as possible as it can lead to severe health conditions, including blockages and cyanide or alcohol poisoning.

It is also important to inform your veterinarian about the quantity of peaches and how long ago they were ingested to ensure your pet gets effective treatment.

How To Safely Serve Peaches To Dogs

According to Deborah Michelle Sheridan, an animal lover, “Peaches are a great source of vitamin A and fiber. Small, cut-up pieces of a skinless peach are safe for your dog. But, like any food that’s not a regular part of his diet, too much of a good thing isn’t always good. It may cause temporary diarrhea.”

Keep an eye on your dog after feeding it peaches. If you notice any signs of allergic reactions such as itching, hives, redness, swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing, seek veterinary attention.

That said, here are a few pooch-safe recipes for peachy treats you can feed your dog:

dog with a basket of peaches

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Dogs Eat Canned Peaches?

Dogs can eat canned peaches as long as they are packed in water or natural juice, without added sugar, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or other harmful ingredients.

However, most commercially available canned peaches are packed in syrup which is high in sugar or high fructose corn syrup which can be bad for your pet.

Can Dogs Eat Frozen Peaches?

Yes, dogs can eat frozen peaches, but they should be unsweetened and given in moderation. Wait for the peaches to thaw before feeding them to your dog.

Most dogs tend to chomp down on treats, so your pet might swallow large chunks of peach that can cause intestinal blockages. Also, ensure that frozen peaches are pitted first.

Can Dogs Eat Peach Yogurt?

Dogs can technically eat peach yogurt, but in moderation. However, making it part of your pet’s daily diet is not a good idea. Because while peaches might be okay, some dogs may have trouble digesting lactose, which is naturally present in yogurt.

Also, ensure the yogurt doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, which is highly toxic to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Peach Jam or Syrup?

No, dogs should not eat peaches in syrup or peach jam, as both contain large quantities of sugar, which can be harmful.

Sugar-free jams and syrups may also contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Instead, feed your dog pitted, fresh peaches for a dog-friendly treat or snack.

 

Paul Andrews
https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-andrews-172490189/

A digital marketing expert by profession, Andrews is a gifted writer and animal lover at heart. A self-confessed "pawrent", Andrews is well-versed in all things dogs. He uses his years of experience of raising puppies into show-quality dogs to help guide first-time pet parents. He believes in spreading the joy that comes with being a dog dad and advocates more families to adopt pets.