Can dogs eat mango?
Yes, mango is a healthy treat for a dog's diet.
Benefits of Mango: Mango is high in fiber, vitamin A, B6, C, E making it a sweet nutritious treat for your dog. Mangoes also contain, beta carotene, anti-oxidants, and potassium.
The potassium in mango helps with proper function of nerves, muscles, enzymes, and helps regulate fluid levels throughout the body. With all these benefits, the mango can help boost immune system, decreased inflammation, and improved eyesight.
Mango: Best serving practice
Before giving mango to your dog , make sure the mango is soft and cut the mango into small chunks. Frozen mango is also an additional delicious option for your dog. Mango is a great ingredient to add to yogurt or Popsicle treats and recipes.
3 things to avoid when giving your dog mango
- Avoid giving your dog mango skin. While the skin can be eaten, it is difficult to digest. In this case, the rule of thumb is if you cannot eat or digest it, your dog probably can't either.
- Avoid giving your dog the pit. The pits are a choking hazard, so it need to be removed before feeding it to you dog. If swallowed, mango seeds also can lead to intestinal blockage. Seeds of mangoes also have high concentrations of cyanide and are poisonous to dogs. Cyanide can build up in a dog's body over time and cause serious health issues.
- Avoid giving your dog too much mango. Too much of any fruit or vegetable can give your dog bellyaches and diarrhea. Due to its high fiber content, too much mango can cause gastrointestinal upset. Not only that, mango are high in sugar. According the United Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average whole mango has an average of 46 grams of sugar per mango. Too much sugar, even natural sugar from fruit, can lead to health issues down the road for your dog. Always give fruits in moderation.
Frozen Mango Treat Recipe
From Mango.org we found a tasty frozen mango treat that's perfect for our pets on those hot summer days...
- 2 cups fresh mango (pureed)
- 1 cup coconut water or milk
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
- Peel, seed and dice mango. Add to blender and puree until smooth.
- Add coconut water/milk and honey to blender and pureed mango. Blend well.
- Pour into ice cube trays and cover with plastic wrap or bag to avoid spillage. If you’re using hard plastic ice cube trays, you’re safe from most spillage. But if you’re like me and used silicone bone molds, you’ll need something flat to lay them on. If you don’t, you’re looking at a sticky mess on your floors and freezer. Before you pour, put the silicone mold on something flat that you can move to your freezer, like a cutting tray or a piece of cardboard. Instead of lifting and placing just the flexible silicone mold, you can pick up the stable surface area instead.
- Freeze overnight.
- To remove from tray, let sit on counter for a few minutes to loosen frozen treat. Twist tray to remove treat from mold.
Can my dog eat dried mango?
Yes, they can. But in moderation. It is better to give your dog fresh mangoes.
Dried fruits have much higher sugar content than their fresh counterparts. Too much sugary and high fiber treats can upset your dog's stomach and give them diarrhea. The drying processing also takes away some of the mango's benefits. A good rule is to share just one or two bites of dried mangoes as a treat.
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