Can My Puppy Eat Pineapple?

One of the things I like most about being a pet parent is discovering new and different “human” foods that I can feed my puppy safely. There are quite a few, and many of them are my favorite foods also, including apples, carrots, and peanut butter.

Many fruits and vegetables can be given to your puppy when cold or frozen. Cold fruit satisfies their hunger and desire to chew and cools your pup off on a hot summer day.

As summer gets closer, many of the fruits that my puppy likes the most are making their way back to my local grocery store. Of course, many of these fruits are ones that I also love, doubling my happiness when I purchase them.

One of those is pineapple, a fruit I absolutely adore. I love putting pineapple in fruit salad, grilling it, and putting it in smoothies. As I was looking at some fresh pineapple the other day, I was reminded of today’s question, can my puppy eat pineapple? 

Yes, I’m very happy to say that your puppy can eat pineapple. Not only is pineapple safe and non-toxic, but it’s also loaded with nutrients and will keep your puppy well hydrated during hot summer days.

Pineapple is packed with minerals that help your puppy’s skin and coat, vitamin C to boost their immunity, and antioxidants to help repair any cell damage they might experience.

As with all treats, it’s best to follow the 90/10 rule and keep your pup’s pineapple eating to a minimum. That being said, a couple of chunks of pineapple a day is just fine for the average puppy.

Now that you know that your puppy can eat pineapple, it’s likely you have more questions about this delicious fruit. For example, can pineapple cause diarrhea in puppies, and how much pineapple should I give my puppy?

For the answer to those questions and several more, read on. I have them for you below and some tips and advice about feeding your puppy pineapple.

How Much Pineapple can a Puppy Eat?

Veterinarians and dog experts recommend using the 90/10 rule when giving your puppy pineapple or any other type of snack. That rule states that 90% of their daily food should come from their regular kibble and 10% from snacks.

For most puppies, that would equal one or two small chunks of pineapple per day. It would be even less for Chihuahua puppies, while larger puppies like Golden Retrievers, Great Pyrenees, and Great Danes could be a little more.

One important thing to keep in mind is that pineapple contains a lot of fructose or fruit sugar. In the wild, dogs would never eat anything with sugar, and thus it’s not necessary for their health.

Also, if you follow the 90/10 rule and give other snacks to your puppy, you would need to give them even less pineapple.  Remember, it’s not 10% of a specific snack, but 10% for all snacks.

Can Pineapple Cause Diarrhea in Dogs?

Unfortunately, pineapple can give a dog or puppy diarrhea and other digestive issues, including constipation. Even a small amount of pineapple could give diarrhea to a tiny Shih Tsu puppy. 

Diarrhea is typically caused when a puppy eats too much pineapple. For example, if you leave pineapple in a bowl out on the kitchen table or picnic table, and your pup gets into it when no one is looking.

If you give your puppy one or two chunks of pineapple a day, it probably won’t be a problem. However, it depends on the puppy, their size, and if they have a sensitive tummy or not.

Can Dogs have Canned Pineapple?

I recommend not giving your dog or puppy canned pineapple because, in most cases, canned pineapple contains a much higher amount of sugar than raw pineapple. As I talked about earlier, dogs and puppies do not need sugar in their diet and don’t eat anything with sugar in the wild.

Another problem with canned pineapple is that many of its nutrients, including the essential enzymes, are lower or eliminated during the canning process. 

In other words, not only does canned pineapple have too much sugar to give to your puppy, but any health benefits they might derive from it are mostly gone.

What are the Health Benefits of Pineapple for Puppies?

Pineapple has many nutrients that are beneficial for a puppy and will help their immune system, digestive system, and overall health. They include:

  • Bromelain. This enzyme assists in breaking down protein and nutrient absorption. If your puppy has a problem with absorption, bromelain from pineapple can help. Interestingly, if your puppy tends to eat their own poop (coprophagia), the bromelain in pineapple can help reduce this yucky habit.
  • Pineapple has one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C of all fruits, and this antioxidant is excellent for your dog’s immune system. 
  • Thiamine, also known as Vitamin B1, is an anti-inflammatory and helps your puppy burn carbohydrates. It also supports their brain and nervous system.
  • Manganese, which is found mostly in raw pineapple, is excellent for helping your puppy’s bones and muscles grow stronger. 

Can Puppies have Frozen Pineapple?

Not only can puppies have frozen pineapple, but it’s one of the most refreshing treats to give them on a hot summer day. Also, bite-size frozen chunks of pineapple give them something fun to chew on!

Some puppy parents puree pineapple and then freeze them into chunks in ice cube trays which is an excellent way to give frozen pineapple to your puppy. Just make sure that the cubes are small enough that they won’t cause a choking hazard. 

Will Pineapple Hurt Puppies?

The flesh of pineapples, which is the only part you should give them (and the only part humans eat), is non-toxic for puppies and quite nutritious. For that reason, feeding them bite-sized chunks of pineapple following the 90/10 rule is safe for practically all puppies.

There is, however, a small risk of choking if you give your puppy chunks of pineapple too large for them to put in their mouth or chew correctly. For that reason, cutting the pineapple into bite-sized chunks before your puppy eats this nutritious and delicious fruit is essential. 

Can Puppies have Pineapple Juice?

Much like canned pineapple, pineapple juice has a much higher concentration of fructose or fruit sugar. That’s why veterinarians recommend not giving pineapple juice to your puppy.

If your puppy were to have a small amount of pineapple juice, it likely wouldn’t cause a problem. However, because of the high sugar concentration, it’s not a good idea to give puppies pineapple juice regularly. 

Personally, I would avoid giving your puppy pineapple juice simply because water is much healthier for them.

Final Thoughts 

Today we found out that, yes, your puppy can eat pineapple. Not only is it a fun and refreshing snack for puppies, but it also has quite a few nutrients that are good for their health.

The best way to feed pineapple to your puppy is to give it to them fresh and cut it into bite-sized chunks. Also, you can give your puppy some frozen chunks of pineapple or puree some pineapple and freeze it in ice cube trays. Both are an excellent way to hydrate and cool off your puppy on a hot day.

I hope today’s blog on puppies and pineapple was educational and interesting and that it answered all of your questions about this delicious and nutritious fruit. 

If you have more, please see my other blogs. I do my best to pack them all with interesting and useful information, plus tips and advice that can help you be a better pet parent. 

Until next time, enjoy giving your puppy pineapple and also enjoy this time with them. It flies by, so do take advantage of it as much as possible.