Can Pugs Eat Peaches And Are They Safe Or Toxic?


can pugs eat peaches

Peaches are a moderate source of antioxidants and vitamin C, which make them great for humans. If you’ve been wondering “can Pugs eat peaches”, and are they safe? You’re in the right place, I’ve decided to find out everything I can about feeding dogs peaches.

Can Pugs Eat Peaches?

The short answer is Yes, Pugs can eat peaches in moderation. In fact, they can make a great summer treat for your pooch and are a great source of vitamins A, C, fiber, antioxidants and so much more.

You’ll want to avoid feeding them canned peaches, syrup, or any artificially flavored foods, as they are usually full of sugar and harmful chemicals that are dangerous to canines.

Are There Any Benefits To Feeding Peaches To Pugs?

While it’s true that your dog doesn’t need to eat their fruits and vegetables as we do. However, peaches contain nutrients that may be beneficial for your pooch.

Vitamin A

This is a powerful supplement that plays an important role in your dog’s vision, as well as other normal body functions. Night blindness is common in dogs that have a deficiency of this vitamin.

Vitamin A can help keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy. If your Pug scratches or licks their coat, it may look dull due to a deficiency of Vitamin A.

If you’re planning on breeding your Pug, Vitamin A should play an important part in their nutrition as it will help maintain a normal function of reproductive processes.

Vitamin C

This supplement is known to help boost your dog’s immune system. It can help boost the number of antibodies in your pooch’s body that is responsible for fighting toxins, viruses, and toxins.

Kiwi is another great source of Vitamin C for dogs. The great thing is that Kiwi is safe for Pugs.

Fiber

As long as you’re feeding your Pug high-quality dog foods, they should be getting the proper amount of fiber. The proper amounts of dietary fiber can help prevent constipation and diarrhea but can help reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Not only that but adding fiber to your dog’s diet can help your dog lose weight. Fiber absorbs water and helps your dog feel fuller faster.

Fun Peach Facts

Fuzzy peaches are synonymous with hot summer days. This fruit can be found everywhere from grocery store produce sections, roadside stands, farmers’ markets, and salad bars.

Georgia is known as the Peach State, but not many people realize that South Carolina ranks number 2 in the production of peaches.

There are two main varieties of peaches which are known as freestone and clingstone. It is harder to remove the flesh from the pit on a clingstone peach.

August is National Peach Month, and this fruit is at its peak from June to the end of August.

This fruit is widely used in baking dishes such as pies, cakes, and cobbler. In fact, the world’s largest peach cobbler is made in Georgia, which is measured at 11 feet by 5 feet.

Nutritional Facts

In one raw medium-sized peach (147 grams) there is:

  • Calories: 50
  • Fat: 0.5 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 15 grams
  • Sugar: 13 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram

One medium peach provides 2% or more of the daily value of Vitamins E, K, niacin, zinc, copper, choline, and etc.

Are Peaches Safe For Pugs?

As I mentioned above, peaches are safe for canines, as long as they are fed in small amounts. When I fed my Pug peaches, I only gave it to her as a training treat or a special occasion.

Even though some fruits are great for dogs, it’s important to know that if you feed them too much, it can have adverse effects.

Not only that, but stone fruits such as cherries, plums, apricots can be bad for dogs, especially, if they eat any part of the pit, stems or leaves.

Signs of Cyanide Toxicity

The cyanide containing material is in the kernel of the fruit, which is the true center of the seed. Cyanide can only be released when your pooch chews the pit or ingests any of the broken pits.

Cyanide toxicity can be deadly in just a matter of minutes. Some of the signs you should watch for are; paralysis, convulsions, rapid or difficulty breathing, and salvation.

You may even notice your dog’s gums turning a bright cherry red color, which is an indication that the oxygen in the blood is not able to reach the cells. which can eventually lead to suffocation.

If your dog has eaten any part of the peach pit, you should contact your veterinarian and let them know in advance, so they can have everything ready to start treatment.

Not only can peaches cause cyanide toxicity, but they can also cause damage to your dog’s throat and stomach due to the sharp, rigid texture.

Digestive Problems Can Be Common

Even though this fruit can be beneficial for your pooch, it’s important to keep in mind that feeding your dog too many peaches can cause other issues such as; diarrhea, looser stools, or an upset tummy.

This is why it’s so important to feed your dog small pieces in moderation.

What Types of Peaches Can Pugs Eat

If you do decide to feed your Pug peaches, you should only feed them fresh raw peaches. If possible, you should opt for the organic type as they do not have any harmful chemicals or toxins that can have an adverse effect on your four-legged friend.

Avoid feeding your Pug any syrups, canned, dry, deserts, juice, or etc. These are usually packed with high amounts of sugar, preservatives, or artificial sweeteners that can upset your dog’s digestive system.

Can Pugs Eat The Peach Leaves?

No, absolutely not, the only part of the peach your Pug should eat is the soft flesh. Many people have fed their dog the skin and that’s perfectly fine.

Just know that your dog may have a hard time swallowing the skin of the fruit.

Feeding Peaches To Dogs: Use Common Sense

Before feeding your Pug any part of a peach, it’s important to know which parts are edible and which parts can be dangerous for your pooch.

The main parts of the fruit are the stem, leaves, pit, seed, skin, and the fleshy part.

This diagram will show you the different parts of the peach.

anatomy of a peach
The flesh and the skin are the only parts of a peach your dog can consume

What Parts of A Peach Should You Feed A Pug?

The table below will give you a quick summary of which parts of the peach are safe for your Pug to eat.

Parts Of A PeachSafe For Your Pug to Eat
SkinYes, just know that it can be hard for your dog to swallow.
FleshYes, just make sure it's fed in bite size pieces.
LeavesNo, can be difficult to swallow.
KernelNo, they can lead to choking hazards for your dog.
SeedNo, the seed is found inside the kernel and should never be fed to your dog.

How Can I Feed My Pug Peaches?

Now that you know you can feed your pooch this fruit. Let’s take a look at the smart way to start feeding them small amounts of this fruit.

I’ve put together some simple steps to help you safely prepare this fruit for your pooch.

Wash The Fruit

  1. Before preparing the fruit, make sure you wash the fruit in cold water. This is pretty much common sense as we should always wash the fruit before eating it.
  2. Remove the stem and leaves.
  3. Grab a cutting board and sharp knife to cut the peach in half.
  4. Dig the pit or stone out of the center and throw in the trash. (Make sure that your dog can’t get to it)
  5. Cut the halves into 1-inch diameter bite-size pieces.
  6. Feed them 1-2 small pieces per week as a special treat or at mealtime.
  7. Freeze some of the other pieces to serve later or add it to your dog’s water if they haven’t been drinking enough.

Recipes for Dogs

If you want to get a little creative, then you can search the Internet to find some yummy peach dog treat recipes you can try out.

There is absolutely no shortage of dog recipes you can try out. I’m sure you’ll find one that your Pug will absolutely love.

How Many Peaches Should You Feed A Pug?

A rule of thumb is that your dog’s treats should NEVER consume more than 10% of their daily caloric intake. Your dog should be getting 90% of their required nutrients from high-quality dog food.

Also adding any new food to your dog’s diet, you may want to consult your veterinarian to ensure that it is safe for your pooch.

Alternatives To Peaches For Pugs

If your Pug loves to eat peaches and doesn’t have any allergic reactions to the fruit, you may want to consider feeding some of these other fruits on occasion.

Final Word On Feeding Pugs Peaches

Yes, it’s totally fine to feed your Pug small bite-size pieces of peaches on an occasional basis.

Whenever I fed my Pug any type of fruit, I always made sure that I monitored her to make sure that she stayed safe.

I have no doubt that your Pug will love eating peaches!

References and Further Reading

Merck Manual – Rhian B. Cope – Overview of Cyanide Poisoning

Springer Link – Doris Christel, Peter Eyer, Michael Hegemann, Manfred Kiesse – Pharmacokinetics of Cyanide In Poisoning of Dogs, and the effect of 4-dimethylaminoethanol or thiosulfate

Dog Time – Mike Clark – National Peach Month: 6 Yummy Peach Dog Treat Recipes To Celebrate

 

Susan

Mindy my black Pug blessed our lives for 16 years. Now I am sharing my personal experience of living with a Pug. They can be great companions and I want to help you find out everything you need to know.

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