Are Fruit Cores Bad for Dogs?
Feeding your puppy fruit might seem like a good idea, but it's usually not. A number of innocent-looking items make the "danger list" of foods you shouldn't feed your dog. Fruits with cores are on that list. If you want to add some healthy snacks to your dog's diet, veggies are a better choice. Or feed doggie little pieces of safe fruits, staying away from the dangerous ones.
What's in Fruit Cores?
Cyanide, that's what. That's right. The seeds of fruits such as apples and cherries contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both humans and dogs. Because dogs are smaller, however, it takes fewer seeds to cause a problem. The fruits themselves aren't a problem, however, as long as you can remove the core. This might be easier with larger fruits, such as apples.
Some fruit cores are large, such as peach pits and avocados. These large seeds are hard and a dog is more likely to swallow the whole thing than try and chew it into pieces. The problem? Pits can become lodged in the intestines, causing an obstruction that might require surgery. Avocado also contains persin, a substance that can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.
Other Unacceptable Fruits
Grapes and raisins should stay away from your dog's bowl, according to Canine Journal. Although experts have yet to identify the toxic component in grapes, even a handful of them can cause kidney failure in a dog. Seedless or not -- it doesn't matter.
Most veggies, except onions, are OK for dogs. Steamed carrots are a good low-calorie snack that also carry lots of nutrients. Tomato leaves and stems -- as well as a lot of other greenery -- can also be poisonous to dogs, so stay away from those unless you know exactly what you're doing.
By Tammy Dray
About the Author
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.