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Can Dogs Eat Guava? Good or Harmful

Can Dogs Eat Guava? Good or Harmful

Sharing food with our pets is very common, but we must be careful when doing so, as their bodies react differently to each food.

The dog is man’s best friend, this little furry animal has been with us practically since the beginning of human history.

It helped the first humans to hunt, to tend crops, and even now, dogs are here helping in natural disasters or being true heroes for people with physical or visual disabilities.

With so many hundreds of years accompanying us, the most logical thing would be for us to get to know these furry and loyal animals in detail. However, there is still much to discover, many doubts, and of course, a lot of information that not everyone knows.

One of the biggest questions that arise among dog owners is about their diet.

The list is very long and the variations, even more, there are many breeds and although some can eat certain foods, many others do not tolerate them.

If you have ever wondered if you can give your dog guava, then we will tell you.

Can a dog eat guava?

Guava is an exotic fruit and little known in certain parts of the world because it is grown in tropical places.

This delicious fruit is very nutritious, as it has beneficial vitamins and minerals, but it is also a fruit that contains a lot of carbohydrates and sugar.  That is why it does not fit very well in your dog’s eating plans.

This does not mean that it is toxic or harmful to your puppy, of course, dogs can eat guava, but consider that it should be a special gift, a reward, and only give it guava on special occasions.

Are there negative effects if my dog ​​eats guava?

We will analyze the qualities of this delicious fruit in parts.

First of all, you should know that guava is a fruit that contains high amounts of carbohydrates and, if you have investigated the diet of dogs, surely you already know that they do not need to consume carbohydrates to be healthy.

On the other hand, guavas, although delicious, have a very annoying drawback … That’s right, we are talking about the seeds.

Guava is a fruit with many seeds, which are not harmful to humans, in fact, they are perfectly healthy and edible for us.

On the other hand, these seeds contain cyanide in very very small amounts. This doesn’t have any side effects, but is guava just as safe for small breed dogs?

The answer depends on the amount of seeds your puppy consumed. For it to have a secondary or harmful effect, your little animal would have to eat almost half a pound of guava seeds; two pound could be deadly.

But do not be scared and prohibit this fruit from your dog, the amount of guavas necessary to get two pounds of seeds is quite large, in fact, it is very likely that your dog will get sick from embarrassment rather than from any intoxication.

In conclusion …. No, guavas are not harmful to dogs. But if you want to share your fruit with your dog, remember to give it this delicious food in small doses and, if you are still worried and have free time, you can remove the seeds and give it only the delicious guava pulp.

What fruits can a dog eat?

If your dog is not a fan of guavas there are some other fruits that you can give it to complement its food or simply to give it a delicious and juicy treat.

The apple for example is a fruit whose digestive and astringent properties are ideal for treating diarrhea, as well as other stomach problems in dogs.

The banana is a fruit that contains a high content of insoluble fiber for some animals so an excess of banana can cause unpleasant consequences in our dog. On the other hand, in small amounts giving your dog banana can be beneficial, particularly if you notice that it has constipation.

Watermelon is a fruit composed mainly of water, so letting our dog eat small portions can help it fight the heat. Of course, it will be necessary to remove the seeds and in the same way avoid giving too much.

Blueberries are a fruit with a high content of antioxidants, which is why it is considered one of the best fruits to prevent the appearance of diseases, particularly those related to the heart in our dog.

Like blueberries, strawberries contain a large number of antioxidants, which is why they are ideal fruits to maintain the health of our dog’s skin, in the same way, strawberries help prevent cell oxidation.

As if that were not enough, strawberries are highly beneficial for the bones; a true superfood.

Do not forget that although your puppy can eat fruits,  they are not a substitute for its daily diet . Fruits should be a complementary food, treat, or occasional dessert.

Most importantly, avoid giving too much fruit, because although healthy they contain a high fructose content that could be harmful in high doses. Remember that everything is excess is harmful.

What fruits can’t dogs eat?

Since we are talking about beneficial fruits for dogs, these are the ones that you can definitely never give it :

  • Cherries
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Apricots
  • Avocado

Written by Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, canine behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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