Can Dogs Eat Dates?
Whilst giving our dogs' something tasty now and then is great, we need to know we're not accidentally hurting them.
Dogs can eat dates safely; however, some elements may be a concern to you, as a dog owner.
Just like every other dry fruit, dates have a chemical compound called sulphite added to prolong their shelf life. It can cause some stomach issues, for example, stomach pain, gas or diarrhoea.
Usually, sulphite is harmless to dogs, but it's important to be aware of it in case your dog has digestive issues. It might make the problem worse.
- Abdominal bloating and pain
- Loss of appetite
- Straining during bowel movements
The only other danger with dates is the pip. It's a choking hazard, particularly for small dogs. It's just something to be mindful of, since this can cause intestinal blockages which, in extreme cases, needs surgery.
- Dates are a delicious, healthy snack for humans, but that's not always the case with dogs. Dates aren't going to cause significant problems; however, there will be some side effects if your dog has eaten too many.
- Too many dates in your dog's diet can lead to weight gain or diarrhoea.
If your dog starts displaying signs of stomach upset, give them lots of water and very bland food. Sometimes it's best to withhold their food for 24 hours to give their stomach time to settle.
Dates in moderation are the best compromise if you really want to give your dog one. You need to remove the pit, and they should only be used as an occasional snack or treat, nothing more.
It's also worth noting how high in sugar dates are. Despite being natural sugars, feeding your dog too much can make them hyperactive, jittery or dehydrated. Too many dates in your dog's diet can also lead to weight gain or diarrhoea.
The health benefits of dates are only noticeable when eaten in small amounts. However, they aren't going to cause serious harm if you've fed your dog too many. If you are concerned at all, however, I recommend seeking your vet's advice.