Can Dogs Eat Lychee?

Written by Wen Duan

 Can my dog have lychee? 

Yes. It's safe treat to give your dog. 

What is Lychee? Lychee is a common Asian fruit that has a high level of fiber, low calories, and contains protein. It also happens to be a natural diuretic for humans, so one can assume the same will apply to dogs. There are multiple spellings for this fruit: litchi, lichi or lychee are all spellings of the same fruit.

There's not a lot of long term research on it to know of lychee's long term health effects but it's general properties lead us to believe it has no ill affects on dogs.

Lychee: Best serving practices

2 things to avoid when feeding your dog lychee​​​​

  1. Do not feed dogs lychee skin or the pit. These items are choking hazards and not enough research has been done on the plant to determine if there are toxins in the skin or pit. If you do decide to give your dog lychee, only feed them the portion of the fruit that is edible for humans. 
  2. Avoid feeding them canned lychee. In the US, you can most likely find canned lychee in stores. Avoid giving your dog canned fruit as it contains too much sugar. Too much sugar is bad for their long term health if ingested on a regular basis. 

 Can my dog have Longan? 


Just like lychee, there is not a lot of research between a dogs health and this fruit but it's thought to be fine for dogs. 

Dogs should never eat the outside shell or pit of the longan. It is not known if they are toxic, we do know that these pieces can potentially lead to choking or intestinal blockage, both of which are dangerous and potentially fatal.

Full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, longan fruit also contains a really high amount of Vitamin C. Dogs (unlike humans) create their own Vitamin C and usually do not need to supplement their diet with additional Vitamin C. Unless prescribed by a vet, too much additional Vitamin C can make your dog ill. For this reason, it's recommended to feed any citrus fruit with caution and in small amounts.

 Can my dog have Mangosteen? 


Once again, there is not a lot of research, for humans or dogs, on this fruit.  

Though not common, mangosteen is another fruit found in Asia or Asian supermarkets that has similar flesh to longon and lychee. It has a thick inedible outer shell and a seed on the inside.

High in sugar and rich in fiber, minerals, and vitamins, mangosteen is a nourishing fruit for humans. The long term effects on dogs are unknown.

As with all fruits with high sugar, give it to your dog in moderation. Too much sugar can give your dog diarrhea and stomach upset. 

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Wen Duan

Wen is a proud dog mom and a frequent contributor to our blog.