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Can Dogs Eat Nectarines?

Jan 21, 2021
AUTHOR Dr. Ross Bernstein

Reviewed by Dr. Ross Bernstein

Dr. Ross Bernstein is a seasoned veterinarian who we’re fortunate to have as the head of our Board of Pet Experts. Dr. Ross earned his doctoral degree in veterinary medicine at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where he was trained under the guidance of some of the country's most renowned veterinary professionals.

Can Dogs Eat Nectarines? We can’t deny it. Nectarines are tasty and juicy, and we all enjoy eating it when they’re in season. We even go the extra mile and look for them when they’re nowhere to be found. And usually, even if you deny it all you want, our dogs love to have what we’re having too! It’s so natural in them to get all jealous. Plus, it’s in their nature to love to eat, just like us.

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!

Are Nectarines Safe for Dogs?

Are Nectarines Safe for Dogs?

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.

How Much Nectarines Can My Dog Eat?

How Much Nectarines Can My Dog Eat?

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:

  • Dietary fiber
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C

However, when eaten too much at one time, this too can cause problems. The following are the two main problems:

  1. Diarrhea. Too much nectarine consumption can cause diarrhea in dogs. If this happens, be sure to limit their food intake for that particular day. Also, make it a point that they are kept hydrated. Remember that diarrhea can lead to dehydration, which is never good.
  2. Upset stomach. An upset stomach is another concern. How will you know your dog is experiencing an upset stomach? Usually, he or she would lay right next to you and act strange. The best you can do is to let him feel comforted. It will pass after a few hours up to one day.

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.

What Should I Do in Case of a Nectarine Emergency?

What Should I Do in Case of a Nectarine Emergency?

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:

  • Vomiting
  • Unsteadiness
  • Painful stomach
  • Panting

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.

History of Nectarines

History of Nectarines

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.

  • White and Yellow Flesh: Nectarines that fall into this variety have a dark red skin with a smooth texture. It is believed that the white ones are sweeter and less acidic compared to the yellow variety, which is more acidic and a bit tangier to taste.
  • Clingstones: The flesh of this variety is attached to the pit (also known as stone) of the fruit. Its fiber can easily get stuck in your teeth and hence, this variety is generally used for canning purposes.
  • Freestones and Semi-freestones: Just as the name describes, freestone variety entails those fruits whose pulp separates effortlessly from the seed. The flesh of the semi-freestone variety clings only to certain parts of the pit. The fiber of both these varieties are not as tough as cling-stones variety and they are usually preferred for freezing.

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:

  • Serve it as it is, without any seasonings/additions.
  • Prepare a mouth-watering French toast with nectarine compote.
  • Its slices can be added to fruit salads and desserts.
  • The fruit can be used to make jams, jelly, and mixed fruit desserts.
  • It can also be used in preparing pie, crumble, soup, tart, cheesecake, etc.

Nectarine Nutrition Information

Nectarine Nutrition Information

Nectarine has been known to have a lot of health benefits. A few and most common ones include better cellular functioning and improved cardiovascular and digestive health. The antioxidant 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:

  1. Help Prevent Cancer
  2. Have Anti-Diabetic Properties
  3. Aid Weight Loss
  4. Offer Antioxidant Defense
  5. Prevent Hypokalemia
  6. Regulate Blood Pressure Levels
  7. Improve Heart Health
  8. Enhance Digestive Health
  9. Lower Cholesterol Levels
  10. Improve Immunity And Fight Infections
  11. Enhance Skin Health
  12. Enhance Cell Health
  13. Improve Eye Health
  14. Helps Prevent Anemia

To give you a better picture, here’s a nutritional information about nectarines:

Nectarine (Prunus persica var. nucipersica), Fresh, Nutritive value per 100 g. (Source: USDA National Nutrient database)
PrincipleNutrient ValuePercentage of RDA
Energy44 Kcal2%
Carbohydrates10.55 g8%
Protein1.06 g2%
Total Fat0.32 g1%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Dietary Fiber1.7 g5%
Folates5 µg1%
Niacin1.125 mg7%
Pantothenic acid0.185 mg4%
Pyridoxine0.025 mg2%
Riboflavin0.027 mg2%
Thiamin0.034 mg3%
Vitamin A332 IU11%
Vitamin C5.4 mg9%
Vitamin E0.77 mg5%
Vitamin K2.2µg2%
Sodium0 mg0%
Potassium201 mg4%
Calcium6 mg0.6%
Copper0.086 mg9%
Iron0.28 mg3.5%
Magnesium9 mg2%
Manganese0.54 mg2.5%
Phosphorus26 mg4%
Zinc0.17 mg1.5%
Carotene-ß150 µg
Crypto-xanthin-ß98 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin130 µg

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?


How, J, et al. “Are Nectarines to Blame? A Case Report and Literature …” NCBI, PubMed.gov, Jan. 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4423821/. 79(1):31-6

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.

“Treatment Of Cyanide Poisoning.” The Lancet, vol. 277, no. 7191, 1961, p. 1391., doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(61)92020-7.




Dr. Ross Bernstein

Member of Alpha Paw’s Board of Pet Experts

Dr. Ross Bernstein is a seasoned veterinarian who we’re fortunate to have as the head of our Board of Pet Experts. Dr. Ross completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University, earning his B.S. in Neuroscience with a minor in Economics and Psychology. He then went on to pursue his doctoral degree in veterinary medicine at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where he was trained under the guidance of some of the country's most renowned veterinary professionals.

After UC Davis, Dr. Ross completed a one-year rotating internship in Medicine & Surgery at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, and recently completed an additional year of further training in small animal surgery at the Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, where he gained extensive experience in complex soft tissue, orthopedic and neurological procedures.

Dr. Ross shares his home with a Golden Retriever named Duma. We’re lucky to have someone as experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate as Dr. Ross in our pack – not only as our trusted advisor, but also as our good friend. Thank you, Dr. Ross!

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