❥Can Dogs Eat Cherries? Doesn’t Have To Be Hard❥
Rich in nutrients like vitamins A and C, fiber, antioxidants, and melatonin, cherries make a sweet summer treat. But are these delicious and nutritious fruits safe to share with our pets?
While many summer fruits are healthy, refreshing, and safe to share with our four-legged friends, and cherries contain some beneficial nutrients, they can unfortunately do more harm than good for dogs.
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❥Are cherries safe for dogs?❥
When it comes to cherries, while the meat isn’t necessarily toxic to our four-legged friends, they should only be offered with extreme caution. And that’s mainly because cherries carry an inherent danger to our pets: the pits, stems, and leaves contain cyanide. This is true for all cherry varieties, including Bing, Rainier, and Black cherries.
Cyanide is poisonous to both pets and humans, and can be life-threatening if consumed in large quantities. Therefore, while dogs can eat raw cherries in small amounts, they must be carefully prepared to ensure that the pits, stems, and leaves are completely removed.
Pet owners should also be hesitant to offer any cherry-flavored foods to their dogs, as they are generally loaded with artificial flavors, chemicals, and sugar. In fact, even foods that are naturally flavored with real cherries will often have a lot of added sugar.
As for potential health benefits, while cherries have been associated with everything from blood sugar control to lowering hypertension and even pain relief, unfortunately a dog would have to consume quite a few cherries to reap these benefits, and that’s when the risk far outweighs the benefit. And of course, you always want to check with your vet for approval before offering cherries (or any other human food) with your dog.
Along with the risk of cyanide poisoning, cherry stings also pose the risk of intestinal blockages, as they can easily get trapped in a dog’s digestive tract (which is life-threatening and may require surgery). This is especially true for smaller breeds, which are more susceptible to small cherry pit locks. Pet owners should also be aware that puppies can be more susceptible to blockages and cyanide poisoning, so take extra care when offering cherries or any other human food with a pup.
Of course, there are some pitted cherries, like super sweet maraschino cherries (the kind you’ll often find in drinks). The problem with these cherries, as with all canned and processed fruits, is not so much the bones as the amount of added sugar that is used to sweeten them. The short-term dangers of excess sugar for dogs range from hyperactivity to stomach problems like diarrhea, while over time they cause more serious conditions like pancreatitis, diabetes and obesity
Generally speaking, if you want to share some fruit with your dog this summer, stick with safer staples like blueberries or watermelon (and keep an eye on Rover’s portion sizes as always). If you offer fruit with bones, always make sure to offer only the meat; Even if the well does not contain cyanide, there is always the danger of intestinal blockages.
❥What to do if your dog eats whole cherrie❥
If your dog swallows a whole cherry when you are not looking, there is no need to immediately panic. One cherry pit will not be enough to cause cyanide poisoning. However, there is still a risk of intestinal blockage, so you should make sure to monitor your dog for at least 24 hours, looking for symptoms such as vomiting, constipation or decreased appetite and decreased fecal output. Symptoms of acute cyanide poisoning can occur within 15-20 minutes after cherries are eaten.
However, if your dog has just eaten several cherries, that’s when you should call your vet and start watching for symptoms of cyanide poisoning, which can include bright red gums, shortness of breath, and dilated pupils. In more severe cases, your dog may go into shock. All of these symptoms require immediate veterinary attention. Your veterinarian may determine that the best course of action is to induce vomiting, which can help prevent cyanide toxicity.