In fact, most of the dogs will try anything they come across with! That’s why it takes a little bit more from us to be wary of what we are leaving for them to swallow and what we are feeding them.
It would be awful to discover the hard way that your dog ate something it shouldn’t have and that’s bad for dogs. In order to avoid that, it’s your responsibility as a dog owner to know what your dog can and can’t eat.
So while humans may love to snack on this seasonal fruit, there’s really one question we should be addressing: are they safe for dogs to eat?
We’ve all been guilty of feeding our dogs fruits and food that are dangerous for their health. So are you one of those who are wondering if your dog can enjoy nectarines just like you?
Good news! Your veterinary friends here at Doggypedia gives you the answer and everything else you need to know in this article!
Good news! Your furry best friend is free to enjoy his or her share of nectarines too. To be on the safer side, we her at Doggypedia recommended that you prepare the nectarines carefully and cut it into smaller slices and remove the pit.
ALWAYS REMOVE THE PIT! There’s a huge possibility that your dog will experience cyanide poisoning from eating a single pit. Plus, it is even more possible that it can cause blockage once ingested.
Keep this rule of thumb in mind, whether you are giving your dog nectarines or any other fruit for that matter: Never let them eat pips, seeds, pits, or stones. They might contain chemicals that are dangerous and toxic to your pets.
Also, at all costs, avoid canned nectarines.
Canned nectarines have higher sugar concentration, and you don’t want to overdose your pets with sugar. Always feed your pup fresh nectarines.
As to the amount of nectarines your dogs can eat, it’s up to you. But please do start in moderation and see if they have any reaction to it. Also note for any change in their behavior.
You see, nectarines are safe for your pets. In fact, this fruit is actually a great source of the following:
However, when eaten too much at one time, this too can cause problems. The following are the two main problems:
So, again, how much nectarine can you give your dog? Well, here’s a general rule: Feed him with only a few bits of a nectarine from time to time. Take into consideration his weight too.
To add, PubMed has revealed that “Little is known about the histologic features of a latent Monilinia fructicola infection and brown rot in infected fruit. This report informs on the results of an investigation whose aim was to analyze the microanatomy of nectarines with a latent and visible M. fructicola infection.”
Another study also seems to exhibit case study involving this fruit. “Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is a frequent and potentially deadly complication of ascites in patients with end-stage liver disease.” While this is basicaly about humans, it is worth noting the title of the study itself. Are Nectarines to Blame?
Read these published articles if you have the time. Better be on the safe side.
Now, what should be done in case of nectarine emergency?
If the emergency involves your furry pet accidentally ingesting the pit, immediately take them to the vet clinic if one or more of the following signs are observed:
Remember, a dog’s body size and weight play has a crucial role when it comes to their susceptibility to toxins. Again, there might be side-effects from swallowing a single pit, such as acute cyanide poisoning. Just always put in mind that animals, dogs included, don’t’ have the same tolerance to toxins than humans do. So even if your dog regularly eats fruit with seeds or pits, you they might be traces of cyanide left inside, slowly accumulating and showing the effects in future time.
A study about the treatment of cyanide poisoning states the following:
The object of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of five regimens in treating cyanide poisoning. A series of anesthetized adult beagle dogs were instrumented to record hemodynamic and respiratory function and given 2.5 mg/kg sodium cyanide intravenously. The 10 control animals given only cyanide died at from 5 to 7 minutes. Therapy, as described below, was given to other groups at from 2 to 3 minutes following the cyanide administration. Artificial respiration did not alter the lethal effects of cyanide nor prolong survival time in any of the 10 animals. Results of these studies indicate that intravenous sodium nitrite, DMAP, and hydroxylamine hydrochloride, and amyl nitrite by inhalation, are all effective in reversing the lethal effects of cyanide poisoning. Only DMAP and hydroxylamine hydrochloride are effective when given by the intramuscular route. These results provide data to support an approach to therapy that is more practical and applicable where expert medical care may not be available following cyanide exposure.
Another scenario that poses an emergency us when the dog eats the pit and it gets stuck, causing intestinal tract blockage. If this happens, immediately bring them to the vet and try to perform first-aid tricks if you know any. Do not perform anything unless you are trained in it and are sure that it can be done!
For diarrhea and upset stomach, home remedy usually is enough. But if it doesn’t go away after a day or two or if it gets worse, then better bring your pet to the vet clinic.
Again, to be on the safe side, never leave your dog unsupervised while eating the fruit.
So what are nectarines? This fruit belongs to the Rosaceae family and is a close cousin of peaches and plums. Nectarines are packed with goodness and health benefits.
Scientific name: Prunus persica var. nucipersica.
Nectarines and peaches look very similar to each other. The only way to determine a nectarine from a peach is that the former has smooth skin while the latter has fuzzy skin. Genetically speaking, these two fruits are almost the same with only one gene variant between the two.
Furthermore, nectarines have white or yellow flesh. They are classified as either freestone or clingstone.
For nectarines to properly blossom into fruits, an icy winter season followed by warm weather is required. This allows for proper development of the buds. White or pinkish-white flowers appear in early spring which develops subsequently into beautiful fruits by June.
Nectarine season lasts from mid-June until the end of September.
If you are serving nectarine to humans, here are some ways to make it more enjoyable:
Nectarine has been known to have a lot of health benefits. A few and most common ones include better cellular functioning and improvedand digestive health. The defense mechanism of nectarines may prove effective in combating major conditions such as obesity-related complications, macular degeneration, and cancer. Consumption of multinutrient-rich nectarine can also aid in strengthening the immune system and promoting youthful skin. Lastly, it is an excellent snack option during pregnancy and otherwise.
Check out the list we have below:
To give you a better picture, here’s a nutritional information about nectarines:
|Principle||Nutrient Value||Percentage of RDA|
|Total Fat||0.32 g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber||1.7 g||5%|
|Pantothenic acid||0.185 mg||4%|
|Vitamin A||332 IU||11%|
|Vitamin C||5.4 mg||9%|
|Vitamin E||0.77 mg||5%|
There you have it. Now that you have everything you need to know about nectarines and dogs, are you willing to let them try this fruit as a treat?
Falagán, Natalia, et al. “Heat Treatment as Postharvest Tool for Improving Quality in Extra‐Early Nectarines.” The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, Wiley-Blackwell, 15 Sept. 2017, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jsfa.8615/abstract.
FISH, DAVID TAYLOR. PEACH AND NECTARINE (CLASSIC REPRINT). FORGOTTEN BOOKS, 2016.
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