Can dogs eat kiwi? 4 important things to know

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Can dogs eat kiwi? Fruit might be good for us humans but is it safe for dogs to eat such snacks?

A kiwi fruit is packed full of nutritious benefits, including vitamin C, potassium, fibre and antioxidants. With this in mind, kiwi can indeed be a healthy fruit to feed your dog but there are still some considerations to take into account.

"Although kiwi fruit seeds do contain a very small amount of a potentially toxic compound that could be an issue if ingested in large quantities, kiwi fruits are not considered to be toxic to dogs," the Dogs Trust spokesperson suggests.

We asked the experts at Dogs Trust to share all the information you need before feeding your dog kiwi.

Can dogs eat kiwi? 4 things to note

1. Never feed your dog a whole kiwi

A whole kiwi can be a serious choking hazard for dogs if they don't chew it properly before swallowing. For smaller breeds, it's unlikely that they would attempt to eat a kiwi whole, but larger breeds certainly run the risk.

Cutting the kiwi into small slices is recommended for all dogs, no matter how small or large they are. In the warmer months, you could even make a fruity ice lolly containing a range of different non-toxic fruits, including kiwi, to keep your dog cool and hydrated.

2. Monitor your dog for allergic reactions

If you haven’t fed your dog a kiwi before – or similar fruits like avocados, watermelon or bananas – making sure you monitor them on that first occasion is key to avoiding an allergic reaction.

"Some dogs have food intolerances, so it is always recommended to trial new foods with just one small piece first to ensure that it does not cause any gastrointestinal upset for the dog," our Dogs Trust spokesperson adds.

Introducing new foods to your dog's diet gradually should give their digestive system time to adjust to the new addition.

If your dog does experience a bad reaction, reach out to your local vet for advice.

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3. Remove the kiwi skin for your dog

The tough outer skin of a kiwi that you may typically throw away is safe to eat, but it does contains high levels of insoluble fibre. This can overstimulate a dog's intestines, as it passes through their digestive system more quickly.

This, coupled with other high fibre foods in your dog’s diet, can lead to an upset stomach or even diarrhoea, which is why it is best to remove the skin before you feed it to your pup.

4. Be wary of overfeeding

Like any food you feed your dog, it is better to do so in moderation. Overfeeding could lead to canine obesity which can cause a whole host of issues for your pet such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and even breathing problems.

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