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There’s nothing that beats sitting down with some ripe, juicy peaches in the middle of the summer when they are in season and their ripest. Your furry friend will often snuggle up next to you, wanting to share this sweet juicy treat.
But can dogs to each peach? Yes, but with some things you should keep in mind. There are some foods that human beings can digest, but animals will have difficulty eating. Sometimes dogs might have temporary diarrhea and upset stomach if they eat peaches for the first time.
Let’s learn how we can safely feed peaches to dogs and what are the dos and don’ts.
How to Serve Peaches to Your Dog
The best way to serve peaches to your dog is sliced so that they can easily eat the juicy, fleshy fruit. You want to make sure that you keep the stems and leaves away from your dog as they contain poisonous toxins that can be harmful to your dog.
You should also be careful about the peach pit. You need to make sure that you keep the peach pit away from your dog. They could accidentally get their hands on it if you leave it open on the counter,so you should make sure you dispose of them quickly and safely.
The peach pit also contains cyanide. Although the amount is small, it can still threaten your dog’s health as it slows down the enzyme that carries oxygen in the bloodstream. It can prove fatal in some cases.
Make sure to follow these steps before you serve peaches to your dog:
- Wash the peaches under running water
- Remove all stems and leaves
- Cut into slices small enough to feed to your dog
- Dispose of the pit safely so your dog cannot get to it
A great way to serve your dog peaches is to freeze the slices. The slices then can be used as cold treats on a hot summer’s day.
How Can I Serve Peaches to My Dog with Other Foods?
There are great ways you can serve peaches to your dog besides just slicing or freezing. Let us look at some of the other ways you can prepare peaches so your dog will enjoy them.
- You can serve peaches with other safe dog fruits like apples and bananas.
- You can add diced peaches to your dog’s Oatmeal
- You can combine small pieces of sliced peaches with Greek yogurt that does not have any artificial sweetener and freeze it in ice cube trays.
- You can make peach biscuits. See recipe below.
Peach Dog Biscuits
To make delicious peach biscuits, blanch peaches in hot water for 1 – 2 minutes. Once blanched, drain the hot water and let the peaches cool down. You can put te peaches in ice cold water to coll them quickly.
Blend the peaces into a smooth paste after removing their skin and pit. Now, mix the blended peach paste with a quarter cup of flour of your choice (white, whole-wheat, mixed-grain, etc), knead the mixture into a dough.
You can add a pinch of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for flavoruring and even add a dash of maple syrup or honey for taste.
Rest the dough for an hour and then cut into shapes and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Are Preserved or Canned Peaches Safe for my Dog?
Sometimes when we say it is okay for dogs to eat raw peaches, we need to remember that it is not safe for dogs to eat preserved or canned peaches.
Preserved and canned peaches contain large amounts of sugar and artificial sweeteners that can cause dogs’ stomachs to become upset. Artificial sweeteners are not safe for dogs. So canned or preserved teaches are not safe for dogs to eat, and it is best to avoid them altogether.
Is there Any Nutritional Value in Peaches?
Peaches contain many vitamins and minerals that can be very beneficial to your dog. These vitamins can help build a healthy immune system for your dog, so even though not all human foods are suitable for your dog’s digestive system, peaches can be the exception.
Peaches have the following vitamins and minerals:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E & K
What Should I Do If My Dog Swallows a Peach Pit?
If your dog swallows, a peach pit there is a very small chance that your dog could get cyanide poisoning. It is a good idea to call your vet. In addition to this, the peach pit is very hard and has sharp edges, and could damage the internal organs of your dog and their airways.
If you see signs of poisoning, you should take your dog to the vet right away.
The following are the main signs of poisoning you should pay attention to:
- Gastro Signs – If you see gastrointestinal signs, you should see your vet right away. These signs include diarrhea, vomiting, extreme salivation, loss of appetite, nausea, and dry heaving
- Internal Bleeding – Internal bleeding includes pale gums, a racing heart, coughing up blood, weakness, your dog collapses or falling over
- Kidney Failure – Increased or decreased urination, increasing drinking of water, lack of appetite
- Livery Failure – Yellow gums, acting abnormally, tarry stool, collapsing due to low blood sugar
If I have a Dog, Should I Grow Peaches in My Yard?
Because peach leaves and stems have cyanide in them, it is not a good idea to have a peach orchard when you own a dog. The peach pits also contain cyanide which, if swallowed by your dog, can be a choking hazard as well as poisonous.
If you do happen to have a peach orchard, it is a good idea to fence the trees so that your dog cannot get near them. This will protect your dog while also protecting your peach trees from any intruders.
Can Dogs Eat Peaches?
Dogs can eat peaches, and they can be a valuable source of important vitamins and minerals. You can create some tasty treats for your dogs with summer peaches that are natural and healthy.
As with anything, before starting any human food, it is always a good idea to consult your vet. Treats should only be 10% of your dog’s diet, and you should always observe your dog’s digestive system. Start with a small amount to see how your dog responds. Moderation is key when introducing any new food to your dog.