Can Dogs Eat Plums

Can Dogs Eat Plums?

yesThe Answer

In short, if you are wondering if your dog can eat a plum, the answer is yes, but you need to first remove the pit. Although dogs can eat plums, they are not very healthy, so you should avoid giving it to them.

More Info About Plums For Dogs

plumsSince the pits from plums are both toxic, and can be a choking hazard, and because plums are high in sugar without containing many nutrients dogs need, most people recommend that you should not give your dog a plum. If your dog happens to get a hold of a plum, and you are worried about him or her being poisoned, you do not need to be too worried. Studies have shown that although the pits are toxic, a dog would need to consume many pits before the cyanide within them build up enough to harm your dog. Research has sown that chewing on plum tree branches, is actually much more worrisome.

Plum Pit Dangers

dogPlum pits contain a chemical called cyanide. Although one pit does not contain enough to cause serious damage to your dog, if your dog consumes many pits, they could become sick with cyanide poisoning. If your dog has consumed many pits, you should contact an emergency vet clinic and tell them your dog’s bread and the amount they ingested. Pits can also be a choking hazard. Due to the size of the pits, they can become lodged in your dog’s throat, or even in your dogs intestines. Even if your dog only eats one pit, you need to monitor them to make sure they are breathing regularly, and that they have regular bowel movements.

Plum Trees and Dogs

plum treeIf you are in an area where plum trees grow, and you have a tree on your property in a place your dog can have access to it, you need to be very vigilant. You need to make sure that you pick up any plums that have fallen to the ground, as well as any branches that may have fallen from the tree. Both the pits of the plum, and the branches of plum trees contain cyanide. This means that if your dog chews on a plum tree branch it can become ill.

Plum Nutritional Information

plum on treeOne plum is approximately 66g.
One plum has the following nutritional information:
Calories: 30
Fat: 0.2g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 0mg
Potassium: 0.5g
Protein: 0.5g

In Conclusion

The pit from the plum is very dangerous for dogs, so if you decide to give your dog a plum, you need to make sure you remove the pit first. Plums are also very high in sugar, so they do not make for a healthy snack for your dog.

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I have owned dogs my entire life, and could not live without them. I adopted my dog Daisy three years ago, and she brings joy and happiness into every day. I enjoy making home made dog treats for my baby, and I take care to make sure my dog has the best food possible!

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  1. Thanks, I have a plum tree in my yard, and my dog is always out there. I will make sure I keep the area clear of plums and the branches!

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The information on this website has been taken from various sources. We simply do research and regurgitate information. Please ask your vet before altering your pets diet. The information on this website is in no means a full scientific study, it is simply a guide.