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Can Dogs Eat Mangos? Vet-Approved Facts & FAQ

Can Dogs Eat Mangos

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It’s tempting to share what you’re eating with your dog, especially when they look at you with big, mournful eyes. Therefore, knowing what’s safe to share and what might cause your dog harm is incredibly important. Thankfully, mangos are safe to share with your dog and have some health benefits worth knowing about. However, they shouldn’t become part of your dog’s regular diet. Instead, serve them in moderation; as an occasional treat, they’re perfectly safe.

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Are Mangos Good for Dogs?

Mango is safe for dogs to eat in moderation if they don’t have certain health conditions such as diabetes. Like many fruits, they contain several nutrients, are high in fiber, and contain alpha and beta-carotene as well as many beneficial vitamins and minerals such as:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Potassium

Mangos promote healthy growth and repair and keep your dog’s digestive system working as it should. Ask your vet if you have any concerns, and as a rule of thumb, we recommend always doing so prior to offering your dog any new foods.

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Can Mangos Harm Dogs?

Mangos contain a large stone in the center that must be removed before feeding them to your dog. These pits are a choking hazard and toxic since they contain small amounts of cyanide.

If your dog has too many pieces of mango, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea. If this is their first time trying mango, serve a small amount and watch for signs of an upset stomach or discomfort. You might also consider avoiding mango or giving them small amounts if they are obese, have a sensitive stomach, have diabetes, or have problems with oral health.

Since people are known to be allergic to mango, you might also wonder if allergies can be a problem for dogs. There haven’t been any documented cases of dogs being allergic to mango, but it doesn’t mean it can’t happen. That is another crucial reason for gradually introducing new food to your dog.

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Signs That Your Dog Shouldn’t Eat Mango

Contact your vet if you notice any of the following signs, which indicate that your dog has eaten too much mango or their stomach is upset:

  • Acting depressed
  • Decreased appetite or inappetence
  • Fatigue
  • Gulping/licking their lips, objects, or the air
  • Looking uncomfortable

Take your dog to the vet immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Blood in the vomit or stool
  • Collapse
  • Excessive diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
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How to Feed Your Dog Mango

Wash the mango first, peel the skin, and remove the seed. The mango’s skin is incredibly tough, and your dog might be unable to digest it. And as mentioned, the pit is a choking hazard, is toxic, and can cause an obstruction.

Next, cut the mango into 1-inch cubes and serve in one of the following ways:

  • Raw: A small cube of fresh mango is ideal for little dogs.
  • Mashed: Mash up the cube and put it in a toy or their food bowl for them to enjoy.
  • Dried: Feed them a smaller portion if you use dried mango because the sugar content is higher. Avoid store-bought dried mango as it often contains higher amounts of sugar and preservatives.
  • Frozen: Add a frozen cube to your dog’s toy and put both in the freezer for later, or feed them a cube by itself.
  • Smoothie: Blend mango with other safe fruits like watermelon, blueberries, and bananas. Add xylitol-free yogurt and freeze it in a toy or popsicle for later.

Keep Treats to a Minimum

Remember the 90/10 rule regarding treats; treats should only make up 10% of your dog’s daily intake. The remaining 90% should be from their dog food. Before introducing mango or any new food to your dog’s diet, contact your veterinarian. They know how healthy your pet is and can determine which food should be avoided. For instance, they may recommend avoiding mango if your pup is overweight.

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Final Thoughts

Dogs can consume mango in various ways as long as the skin and stone are removed, it’s cut into bite-sized pieces, and you offer it in moderation. Fruit can be a fantastic, yummy treat, but we recommend speaking to your vet before introducing something new into your dog’s diet. You should also avoid mango if your dog is obese, has stomach or oral problems, or is diabetic.

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