If this seasonal fruit, mango, also has a soft spot in your heart, we wouldn’t judge if your furry friend looks at you with their puppy eyes for a slice of mango, too. But wait- can dogs eat mango?

Well, congratulations- the answer is yes! Dogs can eat mangoes safely. However, good taste does not mean good health. So here are the benefits and risks of feeding your dog mango!

Are Mangoes Good For Dogs?

The king of fruits- Mango is a universally loved fruit. If anyone disagrees with it, we are here to debate! They are not just delicious but are packed with nutrients. Here is what we have for you:

1. Vitamins and minerals

Mangoes are rich in essential vitamins and minerals for your dog’s health. Every dog has nutritional needs, which you should fulfill with main meals and healthy treats. Mango can be a great addition because of its nutritional value as a seasonal treat. Here are the vitamins and minerals that help with the body functioning of your dog:

  • Vitamin A helps boost energy during the day.
  • Vitamin K helps with the proper thickening of the blood.
  • Vitamin C improves the immune response and heals inflammation.
  • Magnesium works as a supplement for chronic diseases.
  • Potassium improves the metabolism of dogs.

2. Fibrous

Another benefit of giving your dog mangoes is their fibrous content. Fiber is essential for dogs so they can have a smooth poop. Even though the fiber content is not as high as what your dog will get from their primary meals, mango works fine as a treat! You should only serve them mangoes as a treat because too much fiber can lead to digestive issues. 

3. Hydration

There are so many reasons to love mangoes! It is one of the human foods that neither you nor your dog can hate. Our favorite perk of feeding mango to your dog is that it can be a source of hydration. Mangoes are juicy and gooey. This texture and content is rich in water and can give your pooch a dose of hydration- but tastier. 

4. Yummy treats

One can run out of nutritional benefits of mangoes, but when it comes to the taste- the tales are endless. The king of fruits, the mango lives up to its position with its gooey, mushy, juicy, and sweet texture and flavor. If you feed your dog mango during training hours- we are sure they’ll not mind running the extra mile for it.

What Are the Potential Risks of Feeding Your Dog Mango?

1. Upset stomach

As said above, mango is known for its hydrating properties, and high water levels can lead to digestive problems or upset stomachs in dogs. Especially if you have a small-sized dog, they may not tolerate eating one whole mango’s flesh. It would be best if you kept the consumption minimal. An upset stomach can look like- vomiting, abdominal pain, runny stools, or diarrhea.  

2. Choking hazards

The most dangerous part about feeding mangoes to your dog is the chance of the dog swallowing the pit. It can be a life-threatening situation if a dog swallows the whole mango, along with the pit. The mango seeds also contain a small toxin called cyanide, which can poison dogs (sources: 1, 2). Even if your dog does not bite into the seed to release the cyanide, the seed itself is too hard to be digested. 

Your dog will either vomit it out (which is the best-case scenario), or the seed will get stuck in their throat. In such situations, you should immediately contact your veterinarian for medical assistance.

Another case can be that your dog swallowed or chewed and ate the mango seed- this can also lead to intestinal obstruction. In any such cases- please seek medical help for your dog. It would also be advised to keep medical or emergency dog supplies for first aid. 

3. Allergies

Another thing to remember when feeding your dog mangoes is if they have any allergies. If your dog is allergic to certain foods or human foods, mangoes may not be any different. To be sure of it, you should start by serving your dog a small amount of mango.

If they show any signs of allergic reaction like vomiting, itchiness, lethargy, or behavioral changes– mangoes are not for them! But not to worry, they can eat fruits like blueberries, avocados, blackberries, or melons.

4. High calories

Lastly, mangoes are high in calories. Even though small amounts of it will not add any weight to your dog, you should not go gaga with it. Especially if your dog is on a weight management plan, you should be careful of what they eat. We recommend you go for a low-calorie snack for your dog, like cantaloupes, melons, or muskmelons.

a dog posing against a background filled with mangoes

Fun and Safe Ways to Serve Mangoes to Your Dog

Woof! Now that we know our furry friends can eat mangoes with us- let’s not keep the snack boring. You can serve your dog mano treats in moderation, and if you do it the “yummy way,” even small amounts of it will be enough for your dog. So here are some suggestions on how you can go creative with mangoes:

1. Mango puree

A simple and easy way! All you have to do is chop the mango flesh and blend it until it’s smooth and thick. You should not add sugar or honey to it as mangoes are already very sweet for dogs. Also, if your dog is diabetic, you must consult your veterinarian before serving them any bite of the mango. 

Once your mango puree is ready, you can either serve it as a reward treat with a spoon or apply it to their chew toys for long chewing hours. Even senior dogs or dogs with no teeth can enjoy mango puree!

2. Frozen mango slices

Another option is as easy as it sounds- you chop them into slices or cubes and freeze them until they are ready to be your dog’s next favorite chew treat. This may not work for dogs with no teeth, as they cannot bite into the frozen mango.

But this can be a great way to relieve the itchiness on their gums and let the mango melt until it’s soft. 

3. Mango yogurt

This can be an excellent option for diabetic dogs. All you have to do is take unsweetened yogurt and add small chunks of mango to it. And tada! Give it a nice mix and serve it fresh or cold. This treat will win the heart of your pooch.

You can also add pure to unsweetened yogurt to add flavor to it. Store-bought mango yogurt may have flavoring instead of real mango. 

4. Fruit salad

If you have known us long enough, you will understand our love for salads! And if there is anything better than mangoes, it is a salad with mango as a king ingredient. It is effortless to make a salad, as you can just throw your dog’s favorite healthy treats and boom! There you have your easy-peasy salad. Of course, you should not add spices or dressings, as it will beat the whole purpose of making a “safe salad.”

We recommend using fruits and veggies like- apples, bananas, cashew nuts, lettuce, and even their favorite food items like cooked edamame for extra crunch. You can add mango as cubes or use its pure as a sweet dressing. 

Conclusion

Our final thoughts on “can dogs eat mango?” are yes, dogs can eat mango in moderation. Mangoes are not just delicious but have several benefits for your dog. Unless your dog has allergies, mango can really be a game-changer treat for you and your pooch. However, it would be best not to overfeed your dog’s mango as it can cause severe digestive problems. So, we recommend being creative and following the right recipes so your dog can get all the taste from small amounts of mango treats!

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